If your Desktop image has been changed to “Your Files Hass Been Locked” against your will, Zuahahhah Ransomware must have entered your PC and applied these changes. This ransomware infection usually starts working on users’ PCs when they open spam email attachments or click on links they find inside these emails, but, of course, there might be a different story behind its entrance. In any event, you must remove Zuahahhah Ransomware from the system as soon as possible. You cannot let it stay because one day it might perform its main activity, i.e. the encryption of files again and thus affect new files. Your files will not be unlocked even if you delete the ransomware infection fully from your computer, but you do not need to worry because a free decryptor is available and you could download it from the web and unlock files with it after the Zuahahhah Ransomware deletion. The last paragraph will tell you more about the removal of this ransomware infection, but let’s first talk about this infection in detail and how it acts on users’ PCs.
Like older ransomware infections, Zuahahhah Ransomware always enters computers illegally. Despite the fact that it tends to enter systems without prior notice, victims realize quickly that this infection is inside their systems because they notice a new image on Desktop and find a bunch of encrypted files. These are pictures, documents, text files, videos, and more. They all get the word Lock. appended at the beginning, for instance, Lock.mypicture.jpg, so you do not need to try opening them one by one to find out whether they have been encrypted or not. At the time of writing, Zuahahhah Ransomware does not demand a ransom. This also means that it is impossible to purchase the decryption tool from cyber criminals. Fortunately, you do not even need the decryption tool because a free decryptor that can unlock files encrypted by Zuahahhah Ransomware exists – it can be downloaded from the web freely. Something else you can do to get your files back is to restore them from a backup, but, of course, you need to have a backup of your files so that you could restore them like that. Before you take action to restore your encrypted data, delete the ransomware infection fully from the system. This is a necessary step so that those restored files would not be encrypted again.
The changed wallpaper and encrypted personal files are not the only symptoms indicating the successful entrance of the ransomware infection. You can be sure that Zuahahhah Ransomware is the one responsible for locking your files if you can discover x.exe in %TEMP% and Microsoft Update.lnk in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. These are two files this threat drops on users’ PCs following the successful entrance. Because of this, it might be slightly harder to delete this infection from the system, but we promise to help you out.
Spam emails are commonly used to spread malicious applications, and Zuahahhah Ransomware is no exception. It is also mainly spread as an attachment in spam emails, but we would not be surprised at all if you told us that it entered your PC somehow differently. Specialists at 411-spyware.com say that ransomware infections might be available on dubious P2P pages and they might also be installed by other threats, e.g., Trojans, but, of course, there is no doubt that they are distributed via spam emails the most frequently. There is a way to protect the system from malware – enable a security application on your computer.
Specialists recommend removing Zuahahhah Ransomware as soon as possible so that it could not lock any new files. Once it is gone from your system, you could download a decryptor from the web and unlock your files. You can choose whichever removal method you like to make the ransomware infection gone – it is possible to erase it either manually or automatically. Needless to say, the manual method is a more complicated one, so we recommend that you adopt the automatic method if you do not have much experience in malware removal.