Zwer is a malware program used for extortion that can deny its victims access to their files. Zwer asks for a ransom payment once it locks the targeted files and unless the demanded sum is paid, the data is to remain inaccessible indefinitely.
Extortion schemes that involve the use of a Ransomware viruses like Zwer, Repp or Nlah are very common and millions of users fall victim to them every week. Currently, Ransomware, is one of the most widespread types of computer malware and even though it has been around for quite some time now, experts are still struggling to find ways to counteract new infections of this type.
The main factor that makes Ransomware so tricky to deal with lies in the method used for the locking of the targeted files. Maybe you’ve heard about the term file encryption in the past. This is an advanced form of data protection. When used on a certain file, the encryption makes the file inaccessible to anyone but the person who has a special digital key in their possession. This key is unique and can be applied only to the encrypted files that are present on a certain computer. The decryption key won’t work on encrypted files that are stored on another machine even if the encryption type that keeps them locked is the same.
The Zwer virus
The Zwer virus is Ransomware that uses this advanced file-locking method known as encryption to render its victims’ files inaccessible. The Zwer virus then demands a ransom in exchange for the matching access key that is in the hackers’ possession.
Obviously, if the files kept on your computer that are now unavailable due to an attack by Zwer are highly valuable to you, you might be tempted to opt for the ransom transfer. However, doing so may not improve your situation and may worsen it instead. The hackers don’t care about the future of your data and so they could easily accept the payment without helping you restore your data. This is why most experts are in agreement that the payment should not be made unless all other options available to the Ransomware victim have been exhausted.
The Zwer file decryption
The Zwer file decryption is the opposite of the encryption process that this virus uses to lock important user files. The Zwer file decryption can usually be completed only if the user possesses the corresponding decryption key, yet there may be certain alternative options.
In the next lines, you will learn a possible way to get Zwer removed from your system. While this won’t release the files, it will give you the opportunity to try some potential recovery solutions that may get some of your files back to their normal accessible state. Also, if you have a data backup on an external device, now would be the time to use it. Just make sure to first remove Zwer with the help of our instructions or else you may end up getting the backup copies encrypted as well.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Ransomware symptoms rarely show up and even when they do, they are almost unnoticeable.|
|Distribution Method||Fake system update request, misleading ads inside sketchy sites, pirated content, and so on.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Not Available|
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Zwer Ransomware 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 Zwer 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!