The creator of Zero-Fucks Ransomware knows that it is becoming increasingly difficult to trick people into letting in malware, which is why the infection is distributed in a stealthy, clandestine manner. With more and more threats emerging, more and more users become educated and cautious. Unfortunately, ransomware is still thriving due to the distribution techniques that are employed. According to our research team, this infection is most likely to employ spam emails and malicious installers. When it comes to emails, if the attackers put in the work, the messages can be convincing enough to trick the recipients into opening malicious file attachments. As for malicious installers, all that the attackers need to do is offer an attractive program to help the infection slither in unnoticed. Once inside, it is set to encrypt the personal files all across the operating system. Unfortunately, after encryption, the files will not be recoverable, and even after you delete Zero-Fucks Ransomware, they will remain stuck.
You can see which files were encrypted without even opening them, as the “.zerofucks” extension should be added to all of their names. What is the purpose of this extension? Can you recover your files by removing it? Unfortunately, the extension is only a marker, and you will not save your files by removing it. While the extension is a good indicator that your file was corrupted by Zero-Fucks Ransomware, you can make sure that the file was encrypted by trying to open it. You will see that that is not possible, and that is due to the changes in the data of the file. The data is scrambled using a special encryption tool so that you would not be able to decipher the contents. To make the file readable again, you will need a decryptor, and we cannot provide you with one. In fact, at the time of research, a free decryptor that would work did not exist. This is good news for the creator of Zero-Fucks Ransomware because that means that they might be able to make you pay the ransom.
After the encryption of your personal files, Zero-Fucks Ransomware launches a window using its own launcher file. This file declares that files were encrypted and that a ransom of €400 must be paid in Bitcoin if the victim wants to recover them. According to the ransom note, the price is doubled after 48 hours, then again after an additional 24 hours, and, finally, the files are “destroyed” after a total of 96 hours. Unfortunately, we cannot say more about the payment of the ransom because there is no more information, and the buttons displayed on the window do not work. We believe that if these buttons worked, you would find instructions on how to pay the €400 ransom, but, right now, doing so is simply impossible. This is not terrible news. Regardless of the payment options, paying the ransom is not a move we can stand behind because cyber criminals are misleading, and their promises to decrypt your files in return for some money are likely to be bogus. Obviously, if Zero-Fucks Ransomware offers you a viable payment option by the time you are reading this report, think twice before doing anything risky.
Whether or not Zero-Fucks Ransomware encrypted personal files, whether or not you have backups that can replace the corrupted files, and whether or not you choose to pay the ransom, you need to delete the malicious infection in the end. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to remove Zero-Fucks Ransomware manually because we cannot guide you to the location of the infection’s launcher file. If you can find this file, and you are able to delete it, you will have no trouble. However, if detecting the file is impossible, leave the task to anti-malware software. It will delete the infection right away, and you will not need to do much to achieve it. The best part is that this software will keep you safe in the future, as it will keep new infections away. Without a doubt, this is your best option, but if you want to discuss all removal options further, post a comment below.