.Zida is a ransomware-based piece of software that aims to encrypt digital files without the owner’s knowledge. After secretly applying its encryption code, .Zida generates a notification on the infected computer’s screen and blackmails the victim for a ransom.
The programs that function in this way are generally known as ransomware cryptoviruses, because they are all specialized in encrypting data and blackmailing their victims for money. The .Zida Virus is a new representative of the ransomware family that acts in the same way and encrypts digital files without notice. The hackers behind it demand from the victims a fixed amount of money as a ransom for the decryption of their files. Typically, a .txt file, a pop-up or an on-screen banner is used to notify the users about the ransom demands, the deadline and the money transfer instructions. The victims who want to retrieve their files are normally advised by the hackers to adhere to the deadline and make the transaction without delay.
It is important not to jump into this, though, despite that the hackers behind the .Zida Virus are likely to promise you the sun and moon while trying to convince you to pay the money they are asking. The reason is the criminals simply can’t be trusted and even if you fulfill all of their demands, there is no guarantee that they will provide you with any of the file-recovery solutions that they may initially promise you. This is why we suggest that you first explore some other alternatives, such as those published in the removal guide below. And an even better idea is to concentrate your efforts on how to remove the ransomware so you can have a clean computer to restore your information on rather than pay some anonymous online crooks money.
The .Zida virus
The .Zida virus is an online cryptovirus used for extortion. The .Zida virus causes harm by encrypting personal or professional files and restricting access to them so that it can seek a ransom for their decryption.
This ransomware usually sneaks into the device with the aid of a Trojan horse or through security vulnerabilities that are unknown to the user. The fact that it does not show any visible symptoms or red flags while it is operating makes it very difficult to spot it. Furthermore, the method of encryption used by .Zida, Zwer, Moba does not cause real file damage, and so virtually nothing is able to cause an anti-virus response. This allows the malware to stay under the radar of the security program and to fulfill its mission without interruption.
The .Zida file encryption
The .Zida file encryption is a stealthy process that runs unapproved by the user and converts digital files into unreadable data bits. In some instances, however, the .Zida file encryption process may lead to a major system slowdown and an increased RAM and CPU usage.
Sadly, once the encryption cycle has come to an end, the victims have few options to reverse the code applied to the targeted files. Many users with personal backups will still recover from the attack quite quickly – only the malware has to be removed from the system and so that the copies of their files can be used. If you don’t have backups, you can try different alternative solutions, like the ones you will find below. Hopefully, you will have some success with them and can avoid the ransom payment.
|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||Not Available|
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.Zida Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
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.
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 .Zida 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!