Zenis Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) April 2018 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Zenis Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Zenis file can be recovered.

The article below will be focused on a version of the Ransomware virus category named Zenis. This form of ransom-demanding malware is focused on encrypting certain files from the affected device and using the sealed data as leverage in a blackmailing scheme against the targeted user.

Within the next lines, we have tried our best to collect all the essential information about this sort of viruses as well as about Zenis Ransomware in particular. Hopefully, after reading the following passages, you will be informed well enough in order to be able to deal with Zenis Ransomware.

Where Zenis Ransomware could be found:

This virus might be distributed via many sources such as torrents, shareware and different illegal web pages. However, the biggest and most common sources remain the following ones:

Malvertising:

The process of creating and spreading fake online advertisements might be the source of Zenis Ransomware. Viruses often spread in this way – via malicious and misleading/fake web ads.

Emails and their attachments:

Some of the incoming emails might also contain viruses, so remain particularly careful when loading the emails you receive, especially ones that have fishy-looking files or links attached to them.

Various contagious web pages:

Some web pages might also be contaminated by viruses and that’s the reason why it is so important to be really careful with the online locations you tend to visit. Stick to the ones with good reputation.

Illegal software:

A lot of illegal software programs distributed for free online could be contagious. Use only legal sources of apps and programs to avoid trouble.

How Zenis Ransomware may be removed:

No matter what you do, take your time before the transfer of the ransom and check out all the possible alternative options for solving this problem. Ransomware may be awfully difficult to remove, but it is sometimes possible to get rid of it without paying the requested ransom.

Some of the options you may have include seeking the help of a specialist or buying some special program to clean your PC. However, what we suggest that you should try is follow the instructions from our Removal Guide below. We have worked really hard to make it as useful as we could. All the instructions are tested and perhaps will solve your issue (though we sadly cannot guarantee that).

 

Zenis Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

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.

Step3

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Zenis 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!

Ransomware represents:

A sort of malicious software whose expertise involves file encryption and ransom-related blackmail harassment. The viruses from this category are extremely harmful and are believed to have first been designed by russian hackers near the end of the XX-th century.

What else must be mentioned in relation to this kind of malware is that these programs could also have different targets. Depending on the targeted devices, they are separated into:

  • File-encrypting Ransomware: This form of Ransomware comprises the most common representatives of this malware as a whole. Zenis is also a member of this subcategory. What such viruses could do is encrypt some of your most valuable data and then ask for a ransom in order to set it free again. This is the definitely most problematic Ransomware subfamily and dealing with it successfully might not always be an option.
    When talking about the process of encryption, here is how it takes place. First of all, the virus scans the infected PC, searching for files that belong to certain file formats. As soon as it detects them on your device, it undertakes the process of encoding them. During this process, the targeted data files get copied with the new copies being locked by the malware’s encryption code. Afterwards, the original files get deleted by the virus leaving only the locked-up copies created by the virus. Thus, you cannot access the affected files and the hackers offer you to pay a certain sum of money as a ransom so as to decrypt them. The ransom demands are made via a big alert appearing on your screen or through a notepad file generated on your Desktop (or in the directory of the locked-up files). Such a message may also contain warnings and deadlines and it also serves the purpose of giving you exact directions on how to make the requested ransom transaction.
  • Screen-locker Ransomware-based viruses: The other main form of Ransomware could target and affect the screens of your mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones as well as your computer’s screen. What such a virus is capable of doing in such a case is display a huge pop-up on your screen, covering it completely and asking for the payment of the ransom if you want the banner to get removed. This is it, usually no files are affected – the notification is just covering your screen and preventing you from using your device.

No matter what kind of a Ransomware is bothering you, you must be aware of the fact that most probably the required ransom will be wanted in the form of a cryptocurrency like the famous Bitcoins. This is the typical method for paying such a ransom because it is very hard to track such transactions and the hackers have a higher of escaping justice in this way.

SUMMARY:

Name Zenis
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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