When you opened that particular attachment, you probably did not expect Zekwacrypt Ransomware to take over your system. Unfortunately, you were infected with a ransomware application that gives you seven days to “restore” your files. Of course, it says that it will help you decrypt your files if you contact its developers and pay the ransom fee. Although the ransom fee is no indicated in the program’s ransom note, you can expect the stakes to be pretty high. Computer security experts say that it is for the best to remove Zekwacrypt Ransomware at once and do not look back.
Needless to say, it would be better to avoid the infection altogether, rather than dealing with it when it’s already on your computer. This ransomware program spreads via spam email attachments, so it should not be hard to avoid the program if you know how to recognize the signs that spell potential threat. The spam email messages that carry ransomware installer files usually pretend to be important notifications from online stores or financial institutions. These messages urge you to open the attached file to check your invoice or your account balance. This is where you should stop and give it a thought.
Banks and other reputable corporations would probably never send you an attachment, unless it is an HTML file that immediately opens on your browser. Most of the invoices from online stores are embedded in the mail itself, or you need to access your account and check it on the site itself. What’s more, you can always scan any suspicious file with a security application. And it is not just attachment files. It is recommended to scan removable drives before opening them because sometimes malicious programs spread through them.
However, if Zekwacrypt Ransomware managed to enter your computer, then the application will encrypt a vast majority of your files. You can be sure that you will not be able to access most of the files you use on a daily basis. The infection skips only the following directories: Borland, Content.IE5, Framework, I386, Microsoft, Mozilla, Temp, Torrent, Torrents, and Windows. In a sense, if you have a few important files in the Temp directory, you should be able to access them without difficulty once Zekwacrypt Ransomware is removed from your computer. However, the same cannot be said about the rest of your data. As far as the encrypted files are concerned, the best way to restore them is to get the healthy copies from your backup drive.
This is why computer security experts always maintain how important it is to keep a backup, whether it is a cloud drive or an external hard disk. If you do not have one, it might be impossible to restore your files, and even paying the cyber criminals would not help in this case. There is no guarantee that they would issue the decryption key, so there is no need to rely on that option.
Remove Zekwacrypt Ransomware right now and then make sure that all the malicious files are gone by scanning your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. Only when your computer is 100% clean, you can delete the encrypted files and paste the healthy ones back.