Zdfv ransomware is one of the more recent versions of the Djvu/STOP malware. New variants of this malware are released on a regular basis by the cybercriminals behind it, and we’ve already written about Efvc, Hkgt, Eijy, and Bbyy. If you can’t open any of your files and they have the .zdfv extension, they’ve been encrypted by this ransomware. Because file recovery is not always possible, this ransomware is considered extremely dangerous. You will be offered a decryptor for $980 by the malware operators but we don’t recommend buying the decryptor because it doesn’t always result in decrypted files.
Zdfv ransomware will begin encrypting your files as soon as you open an infected file and initiate the ransomware. It will go for your photos, videos, images, and documents, among other files. Essentially, all of your personal files will be encrypted. You’ll be able to tell which files have been encrypted by the.zdfv extension. When text.txt is encrypted by this ransomware, it becomes text.txt.zdfv, for example. You won’t be able to open these files unless you use a specific decryptor. The _readme.txt ransom note explains how to obtain the decryptor. It’s dropped in all folders that have encrypted files. Unfortunately, getting the decryptor entails paying a ransom of $980. The email mentions a 50% discount for users who contact the cyber criminals within the first 72 hours, however, it’s unclear whether these claims are actually true or not. Paying the ransom and/or interacting with the hackers is not advised because there is no guarantee that you will receive the decryptor even if you pay the money. Keep in mind that you’re dealing with cybercriminals, and there’s nothing stopping them from simply taking your money and not sending you the decryptor.
To remove Zdfv ransomware from your computer, you’ll need anti-malware software. It’s a complex infection that needs to be removed using a professional tool. You can connect to your backup and begin restoring files as soon as you remove Zdfv ransomware from the computer.
Users who did not back up files prior to infection will find it significantly more difficult, if not impossible, to restore them. You can try waiting for a free Zdfv ransomware decryptor to be released, however, it is unclear when this will happen. This family of ransomware encrypts files using online keys, which means the keys are unique to each user. A Zdfv ransomware decryptor is unlikely until those keys are released by the cybercriminals operating this ransomware. However, you should, nonetheless, back up the encrypted files in case a free Zdfv ransomware decryptor is ever released. NoMoreRansom is a great source for free decryptors.
How is ransomware distributed?
We strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with how malware is distributed because it will help you avoid infections in the future. It’s also a good idea to develop better browsing habits.
You may occasionally receive emails with harmful attachments if your email address has been leaked by some service you use. The infection will initiate as soon as you open the malicious attachments. This is why it’s critical to carefully inspect attachments before opening them. You can use anti-virus software or VirusTotal to check them. In general, malware-infected emails are pretty obvious. Grammar and spelling errors are one of the most obvious indications. Senders frequently impersonate reputable businesses whose services users use, so any errors are highly noticeable and seem out of place. Furthermore, an email addressing you as User, Member, Customer, etc. is another red flag. Emails with attachments that you need to open will always address you by name. Since malicious actors do not have access to personal information, they are forced to use generic words to address users.
Torrents also often spread malware. Torrent sites are well-known for being poorly regulated, which makes them ideal for spreading malware. Pirating illegal content is extremely dangerous because malicious actors frequently post malware-infected torrents including torrents for movies, TV shows, video games, and software. Not only is it harmful to your computer/data, but torrenting copyrighted content also amounts to content theft.
Updates are also necessary to keep your computer and data secure. Malware can infect computers by exploiting vulnerabilities, and updates fix said vulnerabilities. They are always being discovered, so keeping track of updates and applying them is critical. Whenever possible, enable automatic updates.
Zdfv ransomware removal
Because ransomware is such a complicated virus infection, manually removing Zdfv ransomware is not a good idea. Your computer could be damaged if you perform the removal process incorrectly. Additionally, you may accidentally overlook some components of the ransomware, allowing it to recover later. If you connect to your backup while the ransomware is still active on your computer, your backed-up files would also be encrypted. To remove Zdfv ransomware from your computer, you’ll need to use a reputable anti-virus program. You can connect to your backup and begin restoring your files once the ransomware has been fully removed.