Zipe Virus


Zipe is a malicious piece of software that is most frequently referred to as a ransomware cryptovirus. This is because Zipe uses a powerful encryption algorithm to lock its victim’s files and to blackmail them for a decryption key.

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The Zipe Virus will start encrypting your files as soon as it has infected your system.

This type of ransomware virus will usually affect a wide variety of file types including digital documents, text files, images, databases, archives, audio and video files and more. Therefore, if you have been infected with Zipe, it is likely that you will be restricted from accessing a large portion of your digital information. Unfortunately, this can often be devastating for the infected users who don’t have backups of the encrypted files because they may never be able to regain access to them. The attacks of threats like Zipe can have an even more serious impact for big organizations and businesses who may lose data that is essential for their operations.

Sadly, the hackers who create ransomware target everyone and seek ransom payments from their victims in exchange for providing a decryption key. They usually place a ransom notification on the screen of the infected computer where they inform the victims about the attack and give them an ultimatum to transfer the required money. This is a simple tactic that relies on people’s panic and frustration. Moreover, the hackers don’t want you to know that there might be other ways through which the encrypted data can be recovered. That’s why they set a deadline and push you to make an immediate payment. On this page, however, we have published some alternative methods that may help you recover your data from system backups or shadow copies. But above all, we’ve come up with a free removal guide that explains how to remove Zipe from your computer in a quick and reliable manner.

The Zipe virus

The Zipe virus is a particularly dangerous piece of malware that seeks to encrypt user files and uses them as a premise for blackmail. Moreover, the Zipe virus is very sneaky and can remain under the radar of most security programs.

The fact that the process of file encryption is not a harmful process by itself helps the ransomware to remain literally invisible for the antivirus software since it doesn’t trigger any actual system corruption or destruction. File encryption is well incorporated in our daily lives and allows information to be shared between a certain number of people, while shielded from prying eyes. For instance we use encrypted text messages, emails, financial records, and passwords on a daily basis with the assurance that no one can access this information unless they have the decryption key. In case of a ransomware infection the situation is similar with the only difference that our data is encrypted without our knowledge and we are the ones that don’t have the decryption key for it.

The Zipe file distribution

The Zipe file distribution is often carried out via malicious web ads, spam messages and infected email attachments. However, users can get infected with the Zipe file also thanks to a previous infection with a Trojan horse.

Normally, the ransomware virus is attached to some intriguing message that prompts you to click on it. Once you do so, you get infected without any visible symptoms and after some time you are greeted by a scary ransom message on your screen. Paying the ransom, however, is not the only option and it isn’t the most reliable one either. That’s why we encourage you to remove Zipe from your system and give a try to other alternatives that may save you money and your files.


Name Zipe
Type Ransomware
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
Detection Tool

Remove Zipe Ransomware

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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).

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

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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.

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    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:

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    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.

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    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:

    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!

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    How to Decrypt Zipe 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!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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