Ransomware

Zeppelin Ransomware


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

Zeppelin

Zeppelin is a computer infection known as Ransomware – a form of malware that will keep your files hostage until you pay a ransom to the hackers behind it. Zeppelin secretly encrypts its victims’ files after it enters the system to make those files inaccessible.

Zeppelin Ransomware

The Zeppelin Ransomware will demand from you to follow these instructions.

The Ransomware threats are everywhere and every user should know how to keep their data and computer safe from them. Here, we will be telling you about the Zeppelin virus – this is a new computer threat of the Ransomware category, one that is able to lock up all important data found on your computer in a matter of minutes and then ask you to “purchase” a private key, which is the only thing that can unlock the inaccessible files. Zeppelin doesn’t harm the infected system, and the files that it locks remain intact – they are just inaccessible to the user. To some, such a malware infection may not really sound like a big deal – after all, if there aren’t any valuable files in the system  the effects of the malware shouldn’t be that problematic. This is true, but the fact is that most users do have some form of sensitive data kept on their computers – the data could be work or education-related, or it could be some form of personal data which holds sentimental value to the individual. In either case, getting your files sealed can be quite unpleasant, especially if you have no backups from which you can restore them. A backup is actually a very good countermeasure that could greatly reduce the severity of an attack by Zeppelin. However, in case you have been attacked by this virus and intend to bring back your files from a backup, make sure that you first remove Zeppelin and only then connect your backup device to the now cleaned computer. Otherwise, there’s a significant risk of your backup device getting infected and the files in it getting encrypted as well.

The Zeppelin Ransomware

The Zeppelin virus is a new Ransomware version that locks the user’s files by encrypting them and by changing their extension. The Zeppelin virus doesn’t release the locked files until the victim transfers a certain amount of money to the hacker.

If you have had your personal files locked by this Ransomware and have no backups lying around, then you’d need to carefully assess your options and figure out your priorities. One option is to pay the ransom in order to receive the decryption key but this something we’d typically advise against. The reason is you may simply never get the key from the hackers even after you make the money transfer. Those people are cyber criminals that have no fear of ever getting caught – there is nothing you, or anyone else for that matter, could make to get them to send the private key if they have simply decided that they won’t. Besides, the ransom sum is oftentimes too great for most users to afford, so this is an additional issue.

The Zeppelin file

The Zeppelin file is any piece of data on the attacked computer which this virus has managed to lock with its encryption. The Zeppelin file encryption will remain on the affected data until the corresponding decryption key is used on the inaccessible files.

Another option is to remove the malware and then try the alternative recovery methods we have posted in the second section of the removal guide for Zeppelin. The problem here is that those methods may also not always be fully effective. We cannot give promises with regard to the future of your files. Still, if you follow the steps from the guide, you should be able to get rid of the virus and you may get to restore some of your data for free.

SUMMARY:

Name Zeppelin
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms If you have a Ransomware, you will likely not notice it until it has already locked up your data.
Distribution Method Spam email messages, misleading click prompts, backdoor viruses, fake updates, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Zeppelin Virus 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!

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

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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:

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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

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 Zeppelin 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!


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