What is .zzzzz Ransomware
.zzzzz Ransomware is another variant of Locky ransomware, that adds .zzzzz extension to encrypted files. Virus encodes user files with asymmetric encryption algorithm and modifies filenames with 32-digit alphanumeric code. This makes it difficult to discern where certain files are and complicates decryption. After completing encryption ransomware creates 3 files (-INSTRUCTION.html, _6-INSTRUCTION.html, and -INSTRUCTION.bmp) and replaces desktop background image. In this files virus contains texts to persuade users to pay the ransom. Ransom is actually quite big – 3 BitCoins or ~$2220. Message on desktop background and inside the files states that files are encrypted with RSA-2048 and AES-128 cryptography. There is very hard to decrypt this files, but we describe certain methods that can help you restore encrypted files. Use instructions below to remove Locky ransomware and decrypt .zzzzz files in Windows.
Note: Hackers usually do not send any decryptors or decryption keys even if you pay them. Wait until working decryptor appears or try to restore .zzzzz files manually from backup or using instructions below.
How .zzzzz Ransomware infected your PC
Download .zzzzz Ransomware Removal Tool
To remove .zzzzz Ransomware completely we recommend you to use Norton Antivirus from Symantec. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of .zzzzz Ransomware.
As a good free alternative to remove .zzzzz Ransomware use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It will detect core files and processes of .zzzzz ransomware and eliminate them to allow you start decryption of your files.
How to remove .zzzzz Ransomware manually
It is not recommended to remove .zzzzz Ransomware manually, for safer solution use Removal Tools instead.
.zzzzz Ransomware files:
.zzzzz Ransomware registry keys:
How to decrypt and restore .zzzzz files
Use automated decryptors
.zzzzz Ransomware allows user to decrypt 1 file for free. This can be used to attempt and decrypt all files by determining encryption key using this decrypted file and comparing it with encrypted one using special tools. Ransomware decryptor from Kaspersky may be useful in this case. It is free and easy to use. Download Kaspersky Ransomware Decryptor here:
There is no purpose to pay the ransom, because there is no guarantee you will receive the key, but you will put your bank credentials at risk.
If you are infected with .zzzzz ransomware and removed it from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:
Using Windows Previous Versions option:
- Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
- Select Previous Versions tab.
- Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
- To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
- In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.
Using Shadow Explorer:
- Download Shadow Explorer program.
- Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
- Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
- Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
- In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.
If you are using Dropbox:
- Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
- Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
- Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.
How to protect computer from viruses like .zzzzz Ransomware in future
Use Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta
Famous anti-malware vendor Malwarebytes along with EasySync Solutions created tool that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection as additional shield to your current protection.
Use HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard
Dutch vendor of legendary cloud-based scanner HitmanPro – SurfRight released active antivirus solution HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard feature that effectively protects from latest versions of cryptoviruses.