Zpps ransomware is one of the more recent Djvu/STOP ransomware infections. It’s identical to Ewdf, Uihj, Zdfv, and Efvc. The malicious actors operating this malware family regularly release new versions. If your files have .zpps extension and you cannot open them, they’ve been encrypted by Zpps ransomware. Because file recovery is not always possible, this ransomware is regarded as extremely dangerous. Malicious actors operating this ransomware will offer you a decryptor for $980, though paying the ransom is not recommended for numerous reasons.
Zpps ransomware will start encrypting your files as soon as you open the infected file and activate the ransomware. It will target your images, documents, videos, and other files. Basically, all of your personal files, as they are the most valuable. The .zpps extension appended to them will make it easy for you to identify which files have been encrypted. For instance, when encrypted, text.txt would become text.txt.zpps. You won’t be able to open these files unless you use a specific decryptor. How to obtain the decryptor is explained in the _readme.txt ransom note. The ransom note offers a 50% discount for users who contact the ransomware operators within the first 72 hours, though it’s questionable whether these claims are true. It is not advisable to pay the ransom and/or interact with the cybercriminals because there is no assurance that, even after paying, you will receive the decryptor. Remember that you are dealing with cybercriminals, and there is nothing to stop them from simply stealing your money and not sending anything in return.
To remove Zpps ransomware from your computer, you need to use anti-malware software. It’s a pretty difficult infection that should be removed with a professional anti-virus program. You can connect to your backup and begin recovering files as soon as you remove Zpps ransomware.
Recovery of files will be a far more challenging, if not an impossible, task for victims who were not backing up files prior to the ransomware infection. Waiting for a free Zpps ransomware decryptor to be released is an option, although it is unclear when that, if ever, will happen. Ransomware infections from this family use online keys, which means they are unique to each victim. A Zpps ransomware decryptor is unlikely to be released until those keys are made public. Nonetheless, you should still back up the encrypted files and occasionally check NoMoreRansom for a free Zpps ransomware decryptor.
Ransomware distribution methods
Infections like ransomware are distributed using ads, torrents, email attachments, and other methods. If you have bad online habits, your computer is more likely to become infected with malware. This is mostly because people with poor habits are more likely to engage in dangerous activity. One of the best methods to combat ransomware is to prevent the infection in the first place.
Double-checking email attachments before opening them is one of the easiest and most crucial things you can do to increase the security of your computer. Malware is often spread using email attachments. The email itself is not dangerous as long the attached malicious file remains unopened. As soon as the malicious file is opened, the ransomware will initiate. Fortunately, you should be able to spot phishing emails fairly easily if you’re careful. The biggest clues are grammar and spelling mistakes. Malicious email senders frequently pretend to be employees of trustworthy companies whose products and services users use. But grammar and spelling mistakes in emails that are supposed to be sent by professionals make it very obvious that something is off. Another thing to be on the lookout for is how an email addresses you. In an email with an attachment that you should open, you will always be addressed by your name. Since they do not have personal information, malicious actors typically use generic User, Member, Customer, etc. words. Before opening any unsolicited email attachments, it is strongly advised to scan them with anti-virus software or VirusTotal because certain emails may be more sophisticated.
You run the risk of infecting your computer with malware if you use torrents to get copyrighted content for free. Since torrent sites are frequently poorly monitored, malware-containing torrents can be posted by malicious actors. Torrents for popular movies, TV series, software, and video games are the most likely to include malware.
Zpps ransomware removal
Because it is a highly advanced malware infection, we don’t advise attempting to manually remove Zpps ransomware. You risk doing more harm than good if you don’t know what you’re doing. Instead, use anti-malware software. The Zpps ransomware and all of its components will be removed by the antivirus program. Unfortunately, even if you delete the Zpps ransomware, your files won’t automatically be decrypted. As soon as the ransomware is removed, you can begin recovering files if you have a backup.
Zpps ransomware is detected as:
- Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj] by Avast/AVG
- Trojan-Banker.Win32.Passteal.ph by Kaspersky
- Artemis!93E23E5BED55 by McAfee
- Trojan:Win32/Floxif.AV!MTB by Microsoft
- Trojan.GenericKD.49026290 by BitDefender
- Trojan.GenericKD.49026290 (B) by Emsisoft
- Spyware.FFDroider by Malwarebytes
- TrojanSpy.Win32.REDLINE.YXCEMZ by TrendMicro