Zinda is a type of malware that falls into the ransomware cryptovirus category. Zinda applies a sophisticated encryption algorithm to the files stored on its victims’ computers in order to prevent anyone from accessing them. Zinda, thus, gains leverage for the hackers behind it to blackmail the victim users.
This is an age-old extortion scheme in which the cybercriminals hope to make money at the expense of innocent and unsuspecting users. They deny them access to their (often very important) information and then promise to restore said access in exchange for a rather hefty amount of money. Access is typically restored with the help of a so-called decryption key, which is unique in every instance of infection. And that is where things can often go south, which is why opting for the ransom payment will not always guarantee a successful solution to this problem.
For this reason, we generally recommend trying to explore alternative file recovery options. In fact, after you have followed the instructions in the removal guide we have compiled for you just below the current post, you will find a list of such alternatives. But we cannot stress enough how important it is to first delete Zinda from your system. Failing to do this will only result in the subsequent encryption of whatever other files you manage to restore and/or new ones that you create on your PC.
The Zinda Ransomware
The Zinda ransomware is highly sophisticated malware that will oftentimes run completely unnoticed. In most cases the Zinda will not even provoke a response from your antivirus system.
This is, in part, what makes ransomware variants (.Zida, Moba) as dangerous as they are. However, sometimes users do stand a chance at detecting such viruses while they are still at work. This may occur as a result of a noticeable slowdown of the computer, which may prompt the affected user to check the Task Manager. In such instances, the ransomware virus will be visible as an unfamiliar process consuming the most system resources (i.e. RAM and CPU). Should this ever happen, you will have to immediately shutdown your computer to stop the virus in its tracks and prevent it from encrypting any more files.
But all of the above just goes to show how ineffective we are at handling ransomware attacks after they take place. It is way better to take the necessary precautions and disarm an attack beforehand. This can be done by regularly backing up your most important data and storing copies of it on a separate drive or cloud service.
The Zinda file distribution
Hackers generally rely on spam messages for the Zinda file distribution. In these cases, the Zinda file is usually included in an attachment or it may be downloaded after you click on an enclosed link.
In addition, Trojan horse viruses are often employed as backdoors in order to allow ransomware variants into the attacked computers. Therefore, it may be a good idea to run a system scan after you’ve deleted Zinda, just to be sure there’s no other malware on your PC.
|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|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Zinda Ransomware
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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:
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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.
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 Zinda 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!