I wrote this article to help you remove n1n1n1 Ransomware. This n1n1n1 Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
n1n1n1 is a member of the most dangerous cyber infection category – the ransomware family. You probably know what ransomware pieces are and what they do but in case you have been so lucky that you have never encountered one, we will explain. Ransomware`s main purpose is to get to your bank account. However, unlike other infections which spy on you and steal your financial credentials, ransomware makes you voluntarily pay. How? It enters your system and encrypts all of your files that you have stored. Then, it extorts you for money in exchange for freeing them. n1n1n1 is no different. It does exactly the same. You have to get rid of it as soon as possible. There is no place for such infection on your PC.
Luckily for you, we are offering a free-of-charge removal guide, which you can use to recover your locked data and regain control over your machine. The removal guide you can find at the end of this article. Moreover, for those who are unfamiliar with this kind of parasite, we provide detailed information on how a ransomware operates, how it infects you and how to protect yourself.
n1n1n1 enters your system without you realizing. Then, it wastes no time and proceeds to the encryption process. You should know that nothing is beyond its reach. It locks your pictures, music, videos, Word files, documents, etc. It modifies them by adding an extension to their named and your PC cannot recognize them anymore. The pattern is the following: “[original_file_name][8-9 random characters [original_file_extension]”. For instance, if you had a file named “winter.jpg”, after being locked it becomes something like “winterh34dss95.jpg”. Seeing your files like this means that they are now inaccessible.
Once the file-locking process is complete, the parasite drops a TXT file on your desktop. This is the ransom note. With it, the crooks inform you that your files are encrypted and claim that the only way of getting them back is to pay for the decryption tool. Of course, you have to pay. This is how ransomware authors make you give them your money. Usually, the ransom sum varies from 0.5 to 1.5 Bitcoins and a single Bitcoin equals roughly $550. This is not a small fee at all. But even if the crooks wanted $1, do you think that paying is a good idea? Do you think they are trustworthy enough to keep their end of the deal? We highly doubt it. They only want your money and couldn’t care less about your files.
Who guarantees that you will get what you paid for? They may not send you anything. Or, they may send you a tool which doesn’t work. And even if they do send you a fully working decryptor and you unlock your files, the ransomware itself remains in your system ready to strike again. Understand that this is a lose-lose situation for you. You cannot win by paying. In fact, you make your situation worse. You give cybercriminals access to your financial details and to your private information and you sponsor their business as well. Don’t help hacker expand and develop more infections. Use our guide, get rid of the greedy infection and then try decrypting your data.
Aside from deleting n1n1n1 now, do your best to protect yourself in the future. First, get a good anti-malware tool, update it regularly and scan your PC to be sure it is clean. Second, always create backups of your most important files as free decryptors are not always available. And third, think of how n1n1n1 managed to get in your system. Ransomware infections need your approval to enter so they use tricks to get it. Of course, they don’t ask for your permission straightforward. Instead, they turn to the old but gold means of infiltration. This includes freeware, spam, compromised pages/link, malicious ads, fake updates, etc.
However, no tactic is good enough without your carelessness. Be more vigilant online. Pay more attention. Don’t rush installations. Don’t forget that a little extra attention can save you a ton of issues.
n1n1n1 Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, n1n1n1 Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since n1n1n1 Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: