When you open new emails, the least you expect is to get infected with ransomware. However, this is exactly how Zeronine Ransomware and many other similar infections spread around. They might also come via drive-by downloads, software bundles, pop-ups, and redirects. This calls for extreme caution when you browse the web if you want to avoid these terrible infections.
We have posted manual removal instructions for Zeronine Ransomware right at the bottom of this description. But please bear in mind that it won’t be enough to ensure that your system is safe and clean. For that, get yourself a powerful antispyware tool.
Zeronine Ransomware is unique in a sense that it targets a particular region. The ransom message is displayed in the Turkish language, so we can assume that it mostly infects users in Turkey and other regions where the Turkish language is widely used. Since Zeronine Ransomware is probably distributed via spam email, anyone could be infected with it if they employ the same email provider as the ones that are used to proliferate this infection. In other words, you can get infected even if you do not live in Turkey.
For that reason, it is important to learn and recognize potential ransomware distribution tactics. Do not interact with emails from senders you don’t recognize. Scan unfamiliar files before you open them. If possible, report spam email, so that your email service provider could do something about the malicious campaigns. That will definitely help them slow down ransomware distribution rates.
On the other hand, if Zeronine Ransomware manages to enter your system, be aware that all of your document and picture formats will be encrypted. There is no public decryption tool available, so unless you have copies of your files saved someplace else, it might not be possible to recovery every single one of them. Aside from an external hard drive or a cloud drive, you might also have copies of your files saved on your mobile device, your inbox, or a flash drive. You can also address a professional if you want to go through other potential file recovery options.
Whatever you do, do not follow the instructions given by Zeronine Ransomware. When this infection is done encrypting your files, it displays a pop-up message that says you need to contact the people behind the infection through Discord. You can also recover three files for free if you want to make sure that these people really have the decryption key. However, any security expert would tell you that believing these promises is either futile or counterproductive. As you can probably tell, if you contact the criminals and they answer, you will be forced to pay for the decryption tool, but there is no guarantee that it will work! What’s more, by paying, you would enable these criminals to carry on with their malicious activities.
That is why, it is necessary it remove Zeronine Ransomware from your system immediately and never look back. Luckily, the program doesn’t seem to drop any additional files, you just have to remove the files that initiated the infection. If you cannot be sure which files are responsible for that, scan your system with the security tool of your choice. You might also find more malicious programs or unwanted applications. If that happens, remove everything automatically with a powerful security application.
Finally, be sure to maintain a file backup. Operating systems automatically offer setting up cloud drives these days because that’s the best remedy against a ransomware infection. Make use of that offer and protect your files because you can never know when you will meet something like Zeronine Ransomware again.