Mzlq Mzlq is a malicious piece of software that keeps users from accessing their own information. Mzlq belongs to the file-encrypting Ransomware group since it uses data encryption algorithm for locking its victim\u2019s files. Ransomware is a very common form of malware that is very stealthy and often highly successful in encrypting a variety of digital files without the users\u2019 knowledge. The representatives of this malware category are intended to blackmail their victims to pay a ransom in order to regain access to the encrypted data. Mzlq is not an exception and what it does is it secretly encodes different documents, images, archives, databases, and other information stored on the infected computer and places a ransom-demanding notification on the screen. The hackers who control the infection normally promise that once they receive the ransom payment, they will send back a decryption key that can reverse the applied encryption and make the locked files accessible again. However, any promises made by those individuals who are responsible for the encryption of your personal data cannot be trusted. After all, the hackers behind Mzlq are behind your money and are least bothered whether you can recover your files or not, as long as you fulfill their ransom demands. This means that they can definitely refuse to provide you with the necessary decrypiton key, even after you have followed the instructions and paid the demanded amount of money. What is more, they may ask for a new payment and keep blackmailing you for as long as they can or until you are willing to fulfill their demands. The Mzlq virus The Mzlq virus is a ransomware infection that aims to prevent victims of the attacked computer from accessing their files. After the attack, the Mzlq virus shows a notification that tells the victim to pay a certain amount of money to recover its data. For users who do not have too critical files on their machines, such a malware attack is not so catastrophic because once they remove the virus, they can use their computer as normal. Besides, Ransomware viruses cannot cause other problems in the system except for restricting access to some digital data. If the victim has backups of their sensitive information, this may also lower the harmful effects of the Ransomware\u2019s attack. In this case, he still has accessible copies of his files on his backup source, so even though the original files are locked on the computer, he is not threatened of using them whenever he needs. Of course, the virus should definitely be removed from the system to avoid possible file encryption of the backup files and their source when it gets connected to the device. The Mzlq file decryption The Mzlq file decryption is a file-recovery method by which the encrypted files can become accessible again. The Mzlq file decryption requires the use of a unique decryption key that is traded for a ransom. Naturally, this key is what the hackers promise to provide you with after you pay the required ransom. Unfortunately, it is not a good idea to trust the promises of the cyber criminals behind Mzlq because they may never send a key. That\u2019s why our recommendation is to remove the virus with the help of the instructions below and explore some free alternatives for file-recovery like those mentioned in our guide. SUMMARY: Name Mzlq Type Ransomware Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter) Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up. Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages. Data Recovery Tool Detection Tool Remove Mzlq Ransomware Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection - delete it, even if the scanner doesn't flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. Hold the Start Key and R - copy + paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below: If there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" - write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up: Go in Startup ---> Uncheck entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name. Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful - you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! How to Decrypt Mzlq files We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here. If the guide doesn't help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!