.zzz Virus File Removal (Decryption Methods Included)

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This page aims to help you remove .zzz Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .zzz Virus files can be recovered.

Does the term “Ransomware” ring a bell? No matter whether it does or it doesn’t, this article has been created in order to make all the details about .zzz Virus clear. The most important one is probably the fact that the software that is bothering you is Ransomware-based. Generally, it means that its special effects on your PC include listing and encrypting of all of your most commonly used files.

.zzz Virus

.zzz Virus

How can your computer catch .zzz?

The Ransomware-type programs are among the ones that have the biggest variety of means of distribution. Nowhere on the web is genuinely safe, as .zzz could be caught from a text document, an email attachment, a letter in your Spam folder or Inbox itself, as well as from torrents, shareware websites and program bundles. The fact that your PC can get infected with Ransomware everywhere on the Internet is not the most bothering aspect of these programs. What is especially dangerous about them is that they are rarely spread by themselves. There is often a Trojan horse virus that comes along with them and represents another threat to your machine. Not only do you have to deal with .zzz but you also have to think of removing the Trojan as well.

What happens when your computer has been infected with Ransomware?

After the Trojan horse enables the Ransomware to enter your PC by using a weak spot in any of your programs or the operating system as a whole, it starts hiding somewhere there. However, .zzz doesn’t waste its time and typically proceeds with its actions in the following way:

  • Firstly, it strives to determine exactly which ones of your files you love visiting, opening or using in some way. This Ransomware defines all such files by scanning all your drives and later on it compiles a list with all of them.
  • After the detailed list with all such commonly used files is completely ready, .zzz directly begins to encode them. The encryption process consists of locking the files up using a two-aspect key. This key is not divided into two components unintentionally. The first part of the encryption key is the one that you immediately receive – the public one. Nevertheless, for the second part a payment of a fixed ransom is requested.
  • Lastly, after all the malicious activities explained above are finally completed, .zzz sends you a message using your computer screen. This message is actually a ransom notification and could be pretty frightening as it may contain threats, deadlines and a warning about the future of your most used data.

Is paying the demanded ransom a mistake?

Paying the ransom or not doing that is fully up to you as the money is yours and you get to choose how and where to spend it. If we were to advise you anything, our advice would be to wait until you did all that is possible to recover your data without paying the ransom. Avoiding payment might be risky, however, completing such a payment is equally uncertain. You might ask why and the answer is that the hackers cannot really be trusted, they are criminals just as the physical abusers. Only the fact that they have taken control of your PC and they have encrypted some of your files should lead you to the conclusion that they do not have the habit of being honest and trustworthy. Just remember that nothing will guarantee the safe decryption of your locked-up data, nor the avoiding of the payment, neither its completion.

What could be done to save your files?

The malicious nature of .zzz is not to be underestimated. The best that you can do in order to rescue your data is to find an expert and ask for help. Another possible option is to try to decrypt your files by following the instructions listed below in our removal guide. However, even if you uninstall this malware, it may not be enough to restore your access to your files.

What could be done to avoid .zzz in the future?

The only absolutely positive and working solution for the problems with all Ransomware-based programs is backing up your important data. If you have copies of what is essential to you, no one will be able to blackmail you for money and you will just strive to remove the virus. Also, it is very important to avoid any online sources of Trojans as they might probably have a companion, a Ransomware virus again, and you do not want to deal with such a threat again.

SUMMARY:

Name .zzz
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)
Symptoms  Normally no direct ones before the ransom message appears.
Distribution Method Almost anywhere on the web: torrents, spam and bundles.
Detection Tool

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.zzz Virus File Removal


Step1

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).

Step2

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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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step3

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.

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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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Step4

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt files infected with .zzz

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

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