This page aims to help you remove ZCryptor. These ZCryptor removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
Ransomware is one of the nastiest forms of malware out there and ZCryptor is a perfect representative of this class of harmful programs. You may also notice it as ZCrypt. The damage ransomware is capable of causing can be pretty noticeable and could result not only in loss of time and money, but also in loss of valuable information. If you have become infected by ZCryptor, chances are you found out by a message that was rudely slammed on your desktop. Roughly, it probably informed you that you can no longer open certain files on your computer and that if you ever wanted them back – you should pay up. To enhance the effect it may also have included a deadline before which you should empty your wallet, and a threat to increase the price if you failed to meet it. Sounds familiar?
Well, for one – we can promise you that the below guide will help you remove ZCrypt from your PC. As this will only be half the task, we have also included instructions as to restore your files. However, we cannot promise that it will work flawlessly as thus is the nature of this decryption business. To be fair, though, the key the hackers might (or might not) send you also isn’t completely fool proof.
Distribution and function
To be able to better protect yourself from ransomware and other such unpleasant ‘guests’, it’s essential that you know how they are distributed and how they proceed to damage your machine. ZCryptor, for example, is typically downloaded onto your system with the help of a Trojan horse – a well-known assistant of ransomware and a beloved asset of cyber criminals worldwide. The Trojan, in turn, was most likely sent to you as an attached file to a masterfully disguised spam email. Once you were lured into opening the email and the attachment in it (or maybe it was a hyperlink in the message you were requested to click on, or a webform to interact with), the Trojan is enabled to download the ransomware onto your computer and then it proceeds to do its dirty work, hence encrypting your data.
Alternatively, you could also end up unknowingly downloading the virus by clicking on a thing called malvertisement. It represents an ad (a banner or pop-up) with fake information showcased on it, which upon clicking on it automatically opens the gates for ransomware to invade your computer. Another relatively common means of infection is a widely used technique known as program bundling. It basically means the packaging of one program (an unwanted one, like ZCryptor) with one that you would typically seek out on your own. When you attempt to install the program of your choice, the unwanted ‘leech’ is installed along with it. It’s a very sneaky technique, and therefore a useful one, so always be on the lookout for obscure websites that offer freeware, cracked programs and illegal content. Those tend be the surest places to find viruses of various kinds.
This could sound like it’s over-exaggerated, but here are some stats for you to consider. Ransomware first appeared in Russia back in the early nineties and was exclusive to only that part of the world. It has since exploded, becoming a worldwide phenomenon and the number of unique samples has experienced mind boggling, exponential growth just over the past few years. It has become one of the most widely spread pieces of malware and earns millions upon millions of dollars for the cyber criminals behind it. Not to mention that it is extremely difficult for the authorities to deal with. Just think: the majority of hackers demand the ransom to be paid in crypto currencies like Bitcoins, which are notoriously hard to trace. So picture yourself joining the ranks of the multitude of poor souls funding these criminals, by paying ransom. Would you really like them to keep their extortion up, damaging vital pieces of information and potentially ruining people’s lives?
We’re not saying you shouldn’t pay the ransom – that is entirely up to you. But since you’re here, we’re guessing you want to find a better solution and you are definitely in the right place for it. By the very least our instructions will help you remove the virus that caused this whole mess and there’s a pretty fat chance that you will be able to regain access to your encrypted files.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||There are no noticeable symptoms, up until you see the ransom note.|
|Distribution Method||Typically with the help of a Trojan horse virus, which is sent via email. Other possibilities include malvertisements and program bundles.|
|Detection Tool||ZCryptor may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
ZCryptor Ransomware Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. ZCryptor may have hidden some of its files.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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.
- Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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:
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 remove ZCryptor by using Windows restore
Please note that Windows restore will not be able to recover your files, but it may be able to remove the ransomware virus.
For this you have to the system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
It is possible to restore your files by using a backup copy created before the encryption
Make sure you remove the virus before you attempt recovery – removable drives may become infected otherwise. If you are using a cloud backup service, disable regular backups as to not replace your original files.
When you are certain your computer is ransomware-free, restore your files from the backup as usual.
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably also want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. It may take a really long time for the program to finish, so be patient.
You will now get a list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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