What is ZeroCrypt Ransomware?
It is possible that your jaw will drop if you find out that ZeroCrypt Ransomware has attacked your computer or your whole LAN indeed. According to our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com, this ransomware infection is one of the greediest malware attacks ever seen. The criminals behind this malicious threat introduce two prices actually, one for the decryption key and one for the decryption software that can be used for a whole network of computers. It is most likely that these crooks do not want to target personal computer users as, in our experience, this kind of demand can only be met by bigger corporations and companies that store huge amounts of important data. Since we are talking about in the region of thousands of dollars, we do not believe that any individual actually stores such data on their private computers being worth anything close to that. Due to the unfortunate fact that this dangerous program can restart whenever you switch on your computer, we recommend that you remove ZeroCrypt Ransomware right away.
Where does ZeroCrypt Ransomware come from?
Just like most infections in this category, including Cocoslim98@gmail.com Ransomware and Ncrypt Ransomware, this malware program also uses spam e-mails to spread over the web. As we have mentioned before, you need to be very careful with the mails that appear in your inbox or spam folders because modern spam mails could land there since they may use deceptive tactics to fool your spam filter and, to be frank, they can fool you, too; no matter how difficult this may sound to accept it. Do not beat yourself up, though, because you need to know that a lot of users can be deceived by such a spam. This fake mail might only be recognized by the fact that it has a file attachment, which is usually disguised as an image (.jpg or .bmp) or a text file (.docm) with macro but it is indeed a malicious .exe file if you look closer. This spam also seems to come from authorities, parcel delivery services, hotels, or any well-known company that you would consider legitimate. The final convincing deception comes with the subject field. This usually suggests that there was a problem with a booking of some sort, maybe your credit card details failed to process, or you have not settled an important invoice, and the like.
Do you think most people would dare to risk not checking out such a mail? But unfortunately, this is just a trap. When you open this mail, you will not usually get more details about this urgent issue in question, but rather you will be pointed towards the attachment that allegedly contains all the information you need. However, saving this file to your hard drive and running it could be the worst thing you have ever done in your virtual life. Opening this file practically installs this dangerous threat and in a minute, and even if you delete ZeroCrypt Ransomware, you can say goodbye to your files unless you have a couple of thousands of spare dollars to buy their freedom; if you can trust these criminals at all.
How does ZeroCrypt Ransomware work?
This infection drops its executable malicious file in the "ZeroCrypt” folder within your “%LOCALAPPDATA%” folder. It also makes sure that it autoruns with Windows by creating a Run registry key called "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ZeroCrypt." We do not have specific information about the affected file extensions and folders yet, but as far as we know now, this threat targets all your folders not leaving out even the most critical ones, such as “%WINDIR%.” This infection can strike very hard and leave your computer totally devastated. This ransomware claims to use the RSA-1024 algorithm, which is a serious one when it comes to deciphering. The infected files get a new extension, which is ".zn2016" in this case.
You are not informed about the encryption by a pop-up ransom note window that stays always on top as it could be expected. This malware infection leaves a text file in all your damaged folders with the name of "ZEROCRYPT_RECOVER_INFO.txt." You need to view this file in order to have some basic information about this attack. From this ransom note you learn that you have to pay 10 Bitcoins, that is $7,220, if you want to decrypt one computer. Although, if your whole LAN is infected, you have to pay an even more insane 100 Bitcoins that is a ridiculous $72,220. Do you think you could easily transfer this amount to save your files? Do you think your files are worth this amount? Do you think you can trust criminals to hold up their end of the deal when they attack you with such a severe hit? We believe that you need to remove ZeroCrypt Ransomware from your computer if you ever want to use your PC again and you want to restore your security.
How can I delete ZeroCrypt Ransomware?
The only good news about this infection is that it is not at all complicated to put an end to it. This malware does not lock your screen and block your .exe files so you do not need to restart your computer in Safe Mode. It is enough to locate the related files and folders to delete them all. Please use our instructions below if you are brave enough to remove ZeroCrypt Ransomware manually. Our experience shows that prevention is essential when it comes to protecting your virtual world. Therefore, we suggest that you keep all your programs and drivers (Flash and Java) always updated. If you want perfect protection, though, you should consider installing a decent anti-malware application.
Remove ZeroCrypt Ransomware from Windows
- Tap Win+E.
- Delete the malicious file you savde form the spam.
- Delete the "%LOCALAPPDATA%\ZeroCrypt" folder.
- Remove all the ransom note files from all the affected folders.
- Empty your Recycle Bin.
- Tap Win+Q and enter regedit. Hit the Enter key.
- Delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ZeroCrypt" registry value name.
- Close the registry editor and reboot your computer.
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