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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Zzz12 Ransomware

Zzz12 Ransomware was created to corrupt your files and blackmail you. If the infection successfully encrypts the personal files stored on the invaded operating system, it can then ask you to establish communication with cyber criminals and then pay money for a decryption key. Paying attention to the demands made by criminals is very risky because there is a possibility that you would be scammed. Do you want to lose your files and your money? We are sure that you do not. Unfortunately, if backups of your personal files do not exist, recovering data might be impossible. This is what might lead some users into fulfilling the ridiculous demands. Our research team has analyzed the infection, and did some research on free file decryptors. Unfortunately, at this time, a free decryptor does not exist. If it emerges in the future, we will update this report. For now, the only thing we can help you with is the removal of Zzz12 Ransomware. Do not be mistaken. Even if all of your files are lost, you must delete this threat ASAP.

When Zzz12 Ransomware enters the system, it immediately uses the “vssadmin delete shadows /all” command to delete volume shadow copies. It also encrypts files, and you can easily recognize them by the “.zzz1 file.exe.zzz1” extension added to them. Don’t bother removing it because that will not help. Users can usually see when the encryption happens because Zzz12 Ransomware opens a command prompt window. The information within the prompt suggests that the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) is used to encrypt data. The prompt is closed by the ransomware itself. After the encryption, the infection creates a file named “Notice.txt”. This file represents a message by the creator of the ransomware. It says that you need to email “to get your decryption key.” Obviously, you cannot expect that the key would magically appear just because you choose to email someone. Instead, the response email would contain instructions on how to pay the ransom. Our research team has prepared removal guides for GandCrab4 Ransomware, Everbe 2.0 Ransomware, Whoops Ransomware, and many other file-encryptors, and they all demand payments.

As discussed earlier, free decryptors do not exist, and because shadow volume copies are deleted, recovering files manually should be impossible. If you have backups stored online or externally, you have nothing to worry about because Zzz12 Ransomware cannot affect them. Of course, you should not use the infected system to access backups and check them because you do not want the infection to cross over. If you need to check backups, find a malware-free operating system to do so, or wait until you delete Zzz12 Ransomware and other malware that might exist on your computer. Are you not sure if this malware exists? Install a legitimate malware scanner to check if you are dealing with ransomware alone. If other threats are found, of course, you want to eliminate them as soon as possible as well. Note that this website offers thousands of removal guides for various threats, but if you cannot find the specific guide you need, you can always post a comment below to make a request.

You need to delete Zzz12 Ransomware as quickly as possible because, using this malware, remote cyber attackers can access your operating system and your personal files. So, how should you do it? You might choose to do it manually, and that is completely up to you. Of course, if you are not experienced, and you do not have enough information to find and remove Zzz12 Ransomware launcher, it is unlikely that you will be successful. So, what do we recommend? You could install a legitimate anti-malware application. This is the perfect solution because this application can both automatically eliminate malware and re-establish protection. Needless to say, protection of your operating system is one of the most important things you need to think about right now because you do not want dangerous infections invading the system again and again, do you? Hopefully, you know your path, but if you want to keep on discussing the threat, use the comments section right below the guide.

Zzz12 Ransomware Removal

  1. Delete all recently downloaded suspicious files (you need to delete the launcher of the ransomware, and its name and location are random).
  2. Delete the ransom note file, Notice.txt (if copies exist, erase them too).
  3. Install a malware scanner to inspect your operating system for leftovers or other infections (it is best to Empty Recycle Bin before you do that).
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