What is Zzz12?
Zzz12 is a new ransomware virus, that is actively spreading around the internet starting from Jule, 2018. The virus tries to infect your computer using spam emails, fake installers, updaters, crack software, then it will encrypt all the important files. This ransomware adds .zzz12 name as an extension to the encoded files. In this article you can learn how to remove Zzz12 and decrypt .zzz12 files.
Once data on your computer is encrypted, Zzz12 will drop a ransom note in each directory with the enciphered data- Notice.txt. You can find demands and instruction on how to pay the ransom for decryption key in this file. This is what Zzz12 ransom note contains:
Your files was encrypted using AES-256 algorithm. Write me to e-mail: email@example.com to get your decryption key.
You have 5 days after price up.
Your USERKEY: –
Zzz12 is a typical ransomware, its main purpose is to force you to pay them. After finishing encrypting process, the ransomware will state that there are no ways to recover your files but to pay ransom. Cyber criminals demand ransom In BitCoins. Once you’ve done payment, they are supposed to send you decryption key. But you should know that cyber criminals are not going to give you a decryption key. Mostly they are just ignoring their victims. Use this guide to remove Zzz12 ransomware and recover your data.
How to remove Zzz12 ransomware from your computer and restore files?
You may try to use anti-malware tool to remove Zzz12 ransomware from your computer. Newly advanced ransomware detection technology is able to run an instant ransomware scan, which is perfect to protect your computer in case of a new ransomware attack.
How to decrypt .zzz12 files encrypted by Zzz12?
Once you’ve removed virus, you are probably thinking of recovering files from encryption. Let’s take a look at possible ways of decrypting your data.
Decrypt .zzz12 files with automated decryption tools
Unfortunately, due to novelty of Zzz12 ransomware, there are no available automatic decryptors for this virus yet. Still, there is no need to invest in malicious scheme by paying ransom. You are able to recover files manually.
Decrypt .zzz12 files manually
You can try to use one of these methods in order to restore your encrypted data manually.
Recover data with Data Recovery
- Download and install Data Recovery
- Select drives and folders with your files, then click Scan.
- Choose all the files in a folder, then press on Restore button.
- Manage export location.
Restore data with Windows Previous Versions
This feature is working on Windows Vista (not Home version), Windows 7 and later versions. Windows saves copies of files and folders which you can use to restore data on your computer. In order to restore data from Windows Backup, take following steps:
- Open My Computer and search for the folders you want to restore;
- Right-click on the folder and choose Restore previous versions option;
- The option will show you the list of all the previous copies of the folder;
- Select restore date and the option you need: Open, Copy and Restore.
Restore the system with System Restore
You can always try to use System Restore in order to roll back your system to its condition before infection infiltration. All the Windows versions include this option.
- Type restore in the Search tool;
- Click on the result;
- Choose restore point before the infection infiltration;
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
How to protect PC from Zzz12?
It’s pretty difficult task to get rid of any ransomware, including Zzz12. But you can easily prevent any infection of your PC. HitmanPro.Alert’s CryptoGuard can help you with this problem. It’s one of the best anti-ransomware applications. No matter how sneaky it is, HitmanPro.Alert’s CryptoGuard will stop Zzz12 infiltration to your system. After detection, this program removes all the related to the ransomware data and prevents your file from being encrypted.