This page aims to help you remove Zepto Virus. These Zepto Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
Protect your PC from Zepto Virus or you may never open your files again
It’s well known what a huge variety of different malicious programs are distributed throughout the Internet. With every single day hackers are getting better and better at creating more advanced and harmful viruses that could mess up your PC, so that you may never use it again. Still, most new viruses are but an improved version of older ones. However, lately a completely new type of malicious programs has been developed. We are talking about none other than the notorious ransomware type. Zepto Virus is one of the latest of ransomware viruses and is currently on the rise. In this article we will give you some very important information that you should know about Zepto Virus and the rest of its kind. We will also attempt to help those of you who may have already been infected by this nasty software with the help of the removal guide below. However, know that one of the main reasons why ransomware is considered so problematic is due to the fact that sometimes it may be nearly impossible to reverse its harmful effects and bring things back to normal. With that being said, let us now introduce you to what these malicious programs actually do to your PC and how you can protect yourself against them. Please note that ransomware typically travels together with a Trojan Horse virus, which you too should locate and remove.
What is Ransomware? What does Ransomware do?
As we said, this type of viruses is unique. Other harmful programs like, for instance, the Trojan Horses aim to bring destruction to your PC, spy on you or steal your money. Zepto Virus does none of this. Instead, once the malicious program infects your system, it starts copying all your files. The copies it makes are encrypted. This means that your computer cannot open them unless it has a specific code that is needed to read the encryption. After the process is finished, the virus deletes the original files, leaving you with a bunch of encrypted copies that you cannot access. After that Zepto Virus actually reveals itself by displaying a message on your screen. This message usually tells you about the encryption that has taken place and demands a ransom payment (often in some cryptocurrency, like bitcoins) if you want to be sent the code needed for the encryption. Usually, there are also detailed instructions on how to pay the ransom. As we said, the money is usually required in the form of bitcoins. This is a cyber-currency that cannot be traced back to the virtual criminal, making it almost impossible to find out who (or where) he is. This is also one of the many reasons why ransomware viruses are becoming so popular among hackers all over the world.
If your files have already been encrypted
After you’ve received the dreaded message, you should know that your options are very limited. You can, of course, pay the ransom, but know that this can be a very bad decision. Keep in mind that it is a criminal you’re dealing with. This means that no one can oblige them to send you the code that you so desperately need, if they don’t want to. Besides, paying ransom to a criminal usually has the effect of encouraging them to continue blackmailing more and more people.
A more sensible course of action that you could take is to try using our guide below this article. While there are no guarantees for success when you’re dealing with ransomware, it is still a better alternative to paying the ransom. Also, keep in mind that many developers of security software are doing their best to develop decrypting tools for different ransomware viruses. Since Zepto Virus is one of the latest of its kind, there’s probably no decrypting tool for it yet. Still, don’t lose hope because soon there might be one.
As you may have concluded by now – it’s much easier to simply avoid landing a ransomware than having to deal with it afterwards. Therefore, make sure that you remember the following tips that may save you both money and time, by helping you to prevent any potential ransomware infections:
- Avoid shady and/or illegal sites – these are some of the most common places where you can get your PC infected by any kind of malicious programs, including ransomware.
- Double-check new e-mails – spam e-mails are among the most widely spread method for ransomware distribution. Therefore, make sure that you take a look at the details of newly received e-mail messages before opening them. If they seem suspicious and are from an unknown sender, you might as well delete them without reading them.
- Have a good anti-virus program – since another very common method for spreading ransomware is with the help of other viruses, such as Trojans, having a good security software is a must.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||During the encryption process there might be a slow-down of your PC as well as less free storage space than your machine should otherwise have.|
|Distribution Method||Via spam e-mails with the help of other viruses (such as Trojan Horses) or by accessing malicious websites.|
|Detection Tool||Zepto Virus may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Zepto Virus Ransomware 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.
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 Decrypt files infected with Zepto Virus
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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