The fact that you are now interested in our article on .zzzzz may mean that your PC has become a victim of this file-encrypting program. Probably you have already received the zzzzz notification that is politely asking you to pay an amount of money to get your locked up files back.
To begin with, you should know that .zzzzz is a member of the Ransomware group of programs. Their specialty is exactly the encryption of your files and the ransom-demanding notifications that you later receive.
Is there anything worse than Ransomware?
It is highly doubtful that there may be a program more malicious than a Ransomware-type one. You already know the basic way of functioning that these programs share. Here we are going to elaborate on that a little more. First of all, you should be aware of the possible ways of catching .zzzzz. There might be many possibilities like torrents and software bundles, however, the most often used way of spreading Ransomware is via contaminated emails (both in your Inbox and Spam folder) and their malicious attachments. Even a text-document attachment may carry a Ransomware program in itself.
However you have ended up being contaminated with .zzzzz, you should be very careful because it often doesn’t come alone. It is usually assisted by a Trojan horse virus, which makes the whole process of infecting even more dangerous. In the end you will have to find a way to eliminate both .zzzzz and the Trojan that has helped it enter your machine. When it comes to the actual contamination, you should know that Trojans are generally used for finding a way to get inside your PC. Once they find such a way, the accompanying Ransomware-based products can integrate into your computer and proceed with their own tasks. Such malicious tasks include a complete scanning of all your data storages, because this virus needs to know exactly which files you most often visit. After that it continues with the creation of a detailed list with all such regularly used data.
The next step is usually the beginning of the encryption process. Depending on the number of files from the predetermined list, such an infection process might take a considerable amount of resources as well as a noticeable amount of time. Sometimes some victims-to-be may realize that something is going on with their systems. Such an encryption process might be visible only while it is taking place in the Task Manager and there it will appear as the most resources-consuming process. In case you notice something suspicious, you should abandon everything you are doing on your computer and shut it down as soon as possible. If you manage to turn it off, you may be able to save some files and prevent any extra damage. Nevertheless, in the most typical case, the infected user never notices the infection process while it is happening. The process is noticed only after it has achieved its goal to lock up your files and show a very bothering message on your PC screen, in which it says that you need to pay ransom and you need to do that before a certain deadline. Such ransom notifications might be very scary and disturbing.
Maybe you are considering paying the requested money…
After realizing that your PC has been infected with such an awful virus, you have several different options. One of them is to comply with the hackers’ requests and pay the demanded ransom. However, we do not recommend such an action as in this way hackers get used to obedience and may start blackmailing more and more people, not only you, with the desire to make more and more money. What’s more, completing such a payment may mean doing business with criminals and may be regarded as a criminal activity itself. The choice is yours as neither paying nor avoiding payment can in fact guarantee the decryption of your encrypted data. Accept the fact that you may never access your blocked files again and think clearly about a way to minimize the damage. Our advice as far as we can give some is to ask a specialist for a consultation and assistance before you choose to give your money to any cybercriminal. Another possible option is to remove the virus and attempt to retrieve the encrypted files with our removal guide. However, your success and the recovery of your files can still not be guaranteed. Whatever you decide to do, break a leg!
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Usually not noticeable before the popping up of the ransom notification.|
|Distribution Method||Normally via emails and their attachments, which might even be text documents.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
.zzzzz File Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove .zzzzz successfully!
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 .zzzzz files
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!