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.
Zepto Virus Ransomware Removal
You are dealing with a ransomware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to decrypt and recover your encrypted files (if it is currently possible).
You can find the removal guide here.