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Danger level 6
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

MZP Ransomware

MZP Ransomware was built to encrypt files and drop a file that contains a message created by the cybercriminals who created the infection. As you can see, the functions are basic, and that is the strength of ransomware in general. Perhaps the most complicated thing for this kind of malware is to invade operating systems, but, unfortunately, victims themselves make it easy for cyberattackers to strike. Needless to say, they are not able to infect systems that have well-rounded protection or whose users are careful every step of the way. However, systems that are not guarded reliably and whose users are careless with spam emails, bundled downloaders, random pop-ups, and remote access systems can be infected quite easily. It usually takes one careless click for this kind of malware to slither in. After that, it can encrypt your personal files, and, unfortunately, files cannot be restored by removing MZP Ransomware. Of course, this threat must be deleted, and the sooner you take care of that, the better.

Just like TurkStatik Ransomware, Ransomware, and hundreds of other file-encrypting threats, MZP Ransomware is meant to encrypt files, and so it does that as soon as it slithers into the computer. When files are encrypted, they cannot be read due to the changes made within the data. A random combination of letters is generated and attached to the original names of the encrypted files to mark them. So, for example, you can find a file named “document.pdf” renamed to “document.pdf.dyjnknel” after encryption. Everywhere where files are encrypted, you should find a file named “HOW TO RESTORE ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT.” It is safe to open it, but note that you will want to remove every single copy at the end. Also, before you even open the file, understand that it was created by cybercriminals who rely on the message within the file to convince you to take some kind of action. It goes without saying that cybercriminals pretty much can say whatever they need to trick gullible victims, and so you need to prepare yourself to look at the message with a critical mind.

The message delivered by MZP Ransomware is not extensive, and the attackers are going straight to the point. The message starts with the name of the file – “HOW TO RESTORE ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT” – which informs that files were encrypted. Once the file is opened, you are informed that you need to contact the attackers behind the threat to have a decryptor and a unique decryption key sent back to you. The email address that you are supposed to send a message to is Let’s unpack this note. You are informed that there is a way to decrypt files and that you need to obtain software and a key for that. Unfortunately, you cannot confirm the existence of such software or its effectiveness. Furthermore, you cannot expect to receive a decryptor by emailing cybercriminals. It is clear that the creator of MZP Ransomware would introduce you to a ransom if you emailed them. They could also record your email address and use it during scams in the future. At the end of the day, the message seems simple enough, but the attackers are not making anything clear, and you have no proof that files can be restored. This is why we do not recommend contacting the attackers at all.

Sadly, a free decryptor does not exist for MZP Ransomware. The decryptor offered by cybercriminals might be fake too, and even if it exists, it is highly unlikely that the attackers would provide you with it if you followed their instructions and fulfilled their demands. The situation appears to be pretty helpless, unless you have copies of your personal files stored outside the infected computer. In that case, you can delete MZP Ransomware and then use the copies to replace the corrupted files. Note that there are literally hundreds of active ransomware threats, and every single one of them can corrupt files. Beyond that, there are other threats that can destroy your files, including wipers that destroy everything. That is why you want to have copies of all important files stored on an external drive or a virtual storage cloud. Of course, before you can use copies, you need to delete MZP Ransomware, and while you might be able to take care of it manually, we suggest employing anti-malware software. It would automatically remove the infection and, at the same time, help you guard the system against new cyber attacks.

MZP Ransomware Removal

  1. Delete all recently downloaded suspicious files.
  2. Delete all copies of the HOW TO RESTORE ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT file.
  3. Empty Recycle Bin.
  4. Install a malware scanner you trust to perform a complete system scan.
  5. If malicious leftovers exist, delete them all.
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