.Zzzz Virus


Ransomware-based viruses are all incredibly dangerous programs. So is .Zzzz File Virus that you are interested in. It does encrypt the files it has determined you have opened/used most one by one and then asks you to pay a fine, “ransom” in order to have the chance to access this data again. Why and in what way this Ransomware does all these disturbing activities you will find out below.

The threat is real – .Zzzz File Virus is a truly harmful virus

All Ransomware programs are truly disturbing, because they represent the biggest and the fastest developing cyber threat. Nowadays over 50 different Ransomware clusters can be distinguished. There are various types of this malicious software. These programs don’t necessarily need to encode any data, they could just lock your screen, and require that you pay ransom in order to set it free. Another Ransomware type is the mobile one, as well as the server-targeting one. They can block the entire interface of your smartphone or hijack a whole server and again – demand your money in return for releasing whatever they have locked up. .Zzzz File Virus belongs to the group of the actual encryption type of Ransomware, as it encrypts files and then leaves your PC contaminated and you facing a deadline, before which it is necessary to pay the needed money in exchange for regaining access to your hijacked data.

The infecting process usually starts with catching this virus from somewhere. What is particularly terrifying about .Zzzz File Virus is that it often comes along with a Trojan. The Trojan horse virus takes the responsibility for finding a way inside your computer. This is usually through any vulnerability, for instance, the lack of an anti-virus tool. Once these two malware versions get inside your device, .Zzzz File Virus starts looking for the data you use most and the Trojan hides somewhere deep in your system. After the Ransomware determines which files you use on a regular basis, it begins the actual encryption process. This process is usually quite long and consumes pretty big amounts of your PC’s resources. Such an infection might become noticeable and in case you do sense danger, disconnect your machine from all the networks it is connected to and turn it off to prevent the virus from causing extensive damage to both your computer and the network it belongs to. In case you don’t notice the contamination process, which is the typical case, you are later sent a screen notification which informs you about the encryption and may state a deadline for the ransom payment, as well as some extra disturbing warnings.

Is paying the ransom the only available option?

Actually, such an action is highly undesirable because it might not be helpful at all. First of all, it may serve as motivation for the cyber criminals to pursue even more infections and to blackmail a bigger number of people. Secondly, it may never restore your control over the blocked files, as the hackers may have never had such an intention in the first place. They may be only after the payment and may never give you the decryption key. What we recommend you do, however, is to try to solve this issue no matter what it takes on your own, without complying to the demands of the people who are harassing your and becoming their accomplice. A possible solution to your .Zzzz File Virus problem might be our Removal Guide below, as it should serve exactly the purpose of removing this Ransomware. Again, we are reminding you that it may successfully uninstall the virus, but it might not be able to give you access to your files. You may need some additional professional help.

What works best in case of a Ransomware-caused contamination?

The only 100% safe and sure solution to problems caused by .Zzzz File Virus is prevention itself. By being careful and following some quite simple prevention instructions, you may successfully avoid this awful threat from now on. Here they come:

  • Mind the places where .Zzzz File Virus and its Trojan buddies might be hiding. These are any spam email attachments and the emails themselves, both in your Spam folder or your Inbox. Remember that Ransomware could be hiding inside executable files, archives, images and even text documents.
  • Regularly check your PC for any ongoing infections. This means having the best anti-virus program, keeping it updated and using it on a daily basis.
  • Be intelligent. Stop visiting any website or downloading any program. Choose everything that you put into your system with extra carefulness.


Name .Zzzz
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Usually no visible ones before the completion of the contaminationб when the alert notification pops up.
Distribution Method Any attachment to a spam email: a document, an archive, an image. The spam emails themselves.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Remove .Zzzz File Virus

.Zzzz Virus

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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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:

.Zzzz Virus

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.

.Zzzz Virus

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.


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.

.Zzzz Virus

.Zzzz Virus

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!

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How to Decrypt files infected with .Zzzz File Virus

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

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