Did you know that a single click can lead to the infiltration of ZeroCrypt Ransomware? The launcher file of this dangerous infection usually hides in the spam email attachments, and the threat can be executed just by opening them. Once you open the file, it is unlikely that you will realize that a malicious threat was unleashed. If you do not realize it, you cannot remove the malicious .exe file in time, and, soon enough, the encryption of your files is initiated. The threat is silent, so you might not notice that at all, unless, of course, you happen to stumble upon an encrypted file. How can you tell if a file was encrypted? First of all, you will see the “.zn2016” extension appended to its name. Second, you will not be able to open this file as usual. Once the files are encrypted, the ransomware creates a text file to explain the situation, which is that you are expected to pay a ransom to have the files decrypted. Should you follow the demands or should you delete ZeroCrypt Ransomware? Keep reading to find out.
The text file that ZeroCrypt Ransomware represents is called “ZEROCRYPT_RECOVER_INFO.txt”, and it includes ridiculous demands. According to the message within the file, you are expected to pay 10 BTC for a decryption key or 100 BTC for a decryption application. That is by far the biggest ransom fee we have seen a ransomware use, and we have reviewed hundreds of different ransomware infections, including Nuke Ransomware, ISHTAR Ransomware, and Encryptile Ransomware. If you are not familiar with Bitcoins, you must not know that 10 Bitcoins converts to nearly 7,400 US Dollars, and 100 Bitcoins, of course, goes up to 74,000 Dollars. These sums are ridiculous, and it seems that the creator of ZeroCrypt Ransomware does not even expect to get the money. If someone will pay this much money, it is most likely to be big companies, but they usually back up their files. If your files are backed up as well, you do not need to stress any further. Once you remove the devious ransomware, you will be able to replace the infected files with unaffected copies. Obviously, if your files are not backed up, and you are not going to get involved with ransom payments, you need to come to terms with the fact that your files are lost.
The ransom note represented by ZeroCrypt Ransomware includes an email address that you are meant to use when confirming the payment. This email address is email@example.com, and you might feel tempted to write cyber criminals to negotiate a better deal. By communicating with cyber criminals, you will win nothing. In fact, you will get yourself into bigger trouble by revealing your email address. So, if you are determined to plead for a better deal, use a new email address that you will never use again. If you use your regular email address, at some point in time – maybe a day, a week, or a year later – you might receive a misleading spam email with another corrupted attachment or a malicious link. Of course, that could lead to the invasion of other malicious threats. Speaking of threats, are you sure that additional threats are not active on your PC right now? Sure, the malicious ZeroCrypt Ransomware is the most dangerous infection, but you should not underestimate other threats that might be less noticeable.
You can remove ZeroCrypt Ransomware from your operating system yourself if you know the basics of erasing unwanted components. Of course, less experienced users should stick to automated removal. We recommend this option over manual removal for other reasons as well. For one, if multiple threats exist, the right remover will take care of all of them at the same time. Second, if you install a well-rounded anti-malware tool, your operating system will also receive the full-time protection it needs. Once you clean your computer from malware and protect it against the invasion of other threats, you need to set up a backup system. Whether you use an external drive or cloud storage, make sure you back up your files frequently to make sure that they are not lost due to malware or hardware damage in the future.