NBZI Ransomware is yet another malware strain that is a part of the prolific STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. Like other similar infections, this version locks target files and then demands a ransom fee to restore file access. Malicious programs like NBZI Ransomware can be distributed via software bundles, so if you tend to download freeware or pirated apps via torrent or cracked software sites, you may end up installing similar threats.
NBZI Ransomware locks most of the popular file types, including photos, music, documents, and videos. During the file encryption process, NBZI Ransomware adds the .NBZI extension to the affected files and leaves a ransom note on the user’s desktop and in every folder that contains encrypted files.
When NBZI Ransomware is downloaded and installed, it employs the AES encryption algorithm to lock up target files. More often than not, information stealers like Vidar and ZeuS are deployed alongside ransomware, and this allows hackers to access sensitive user information before encrypting the files. Thus, it is possible that NBZI Ransomware comes with an infostealer as well.
Once the file encryption is complete, NBZI Ransomware demands a ransom in exchange for the decryption key. The decryption key costs $980, but the ransomware’s operators will offer a 50% discount, and only charge $490, if the victim contacts them within the first 72 hours after infection.
The hackers can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We discourage establishing contact with the hackers however, as there is no guarantee that they will provide decryption tools after payment or even communicate with you. It is important to note that the NBZI Ransomware does not just encrypt data; it may also attempt to delete all shadow copies of the affected files stored on your computer. This can make it extremely difficult and nearly impossible to recover your documents and data.
It is highly recommended that you do not attempt to pay a ransom for a decryption key as this does not guarantee you will get the access back to your encrypted files. The best course of action is focusing on methods that could help you restore your data and protect your system from similar threats. Additionally, anyone who suspects their system has been infected with ransomware should immediately disconnect plugged-in devices from the affected computer because ransomware may spread across several devices on the same network.
How Do I Deal with the NBZI Ransomware Infection?
To protect yourself from the NBZI Ransomware attack, you should practice safe web browsing habits like refraining from opening email attachments from unknown senders and downloading programs from unreliable sources. You should also have a reputable malware remediation tool installed on your computer. That way, you can regularly scan for elements associated with this troublesome ransomware infection and other malware. Also, to reduce the potential damage of a future ransomware infection, please consider backing up your files on an external hard drive or cloud storage.