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.Zino Virus File (ZinoCrypt Ransomware) Removal and Decryption

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ZinoCrypt ransomware – 2017 edition is a crypto virus that encrypts important data, appends the malicious extension .zyno, drops ZINO_NOTE.TXT and demands ransom. The ransom is demanded to be sent in Bitcoins. The crooks have left a contact email [email protected] where they provide further information.

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ZinoCrypt ransomware – 2017 edition is a crypto virus that encrypts important data and appends the malicious extension .zino at the end of the encryption process. The .zino files can’t be opened with any existing app installed on the computer. Then ZynoCrypt drops a ransom note ZINO_NOTE.TXT that informs all victims that the only way to get their files back is to pay a ransom in bitcoins to the extortionists. Actually, once you remove ZinoCrypt other ways may be effective to decrypt .zino virus files.

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ZinoCrypt Ransomware – 2017 Edition

ZinoCrypt is a crypto ransomware, and as such it scans all computer drives to find particular file types and encrypt them with strong encipher algorithm. So once its malicious payloads are on the computer, it may start the infection process by automatically running a malicious executable file. The infection is believable to affect sensitive data like MS Office documents, images, videos, projects, text files, music files, archives and other. Each file that has the malicious extension .zino at the end of its original name is enciphered with a strong algorithm like AES. During the decryption process, the encryption algorithm is designed to generate a unique decryption key that can restore the corrupted data. The key is stored by the cyber criminals standing behind ZynCrypt ransomware attacks so they can extort victims to pay them a ransom in order to send it. Additionally, they send special decryption software where the personal key is entered in order to recover the .zino files.

As a way of communication, they use a ransom note where they provide further information how they expect all victims to proceed upon infection. The file is named ZINO_NOTE.TXT, and the full text on it reads:

ZinoCrypt Ransomware – 2017 Edition
Your important files has been encrypted with the new ZinoCrypt Ransomware. (Photos, Videos, Etc..)
There are no tools online that will allow you to decode your files for free.
The only way to get your files back is to pay us.
Payment would be done stricly via BTC / Bitcoin.
Do not worry, al your files are safe, but are unavailable at the moment.
To recover the files you need to get special decryption software and personal key.
You can contact us:
Primary Email: [email protected]
Personal ID: *******

There is no specified ransom amount as well as Bitcoin address where it could be paid. The crooks have only indicated an email address, and they expect victims to contact them at [email protected]. How do they know which decryption key to send? Each victim has a personal ID generated on the ransom note so criminals can quickly identify which is the right one. However, there is no guarantee ever that they will send back the proper one as well as the key will be working. There is no doubt that every one of you who is reading this article feels devastated about the corrupted data and is likely to be tempted by the idea to contact them and pay the demanded bitcoins but you should not trust criminals and negotiate with them.

Spread Techniques for ZinoCrypt Ransomware – 2017 Edition

One of the biggest attack vectors used by the crooks is targeted email campaigns. So it is highly possible to get infected with ZinoCrypt ransomware through your email. A well-written email with lucrative text is all the crooks need to convince users to interact with a presented link or attachment. The link may land you on a website with compromised contend and injected malware code. And ZinoCrypt crypto virus may infect the computer via stealth drive-by-download attack. The archive itself may contain corrupted document files that could crash the system when the macros in Office documents are enabled for example.

The malicious payloads of ZinoCrypt may be part of malicious advertising campaigns (malvertising). This type of online attack allows cyber criminals to inject malicious code in an online ad that may be presented as a pop-up, banner, video, link and other forms of online ads. A click on such an ad can trigger the infection process.

Another technique for ZinoCrypt dissemination is possible to be installation packages of free software. The malicious files may be bundled with the originally presented free software, so when you install it, there is a chance that you have just unnoticeably installed the ZinoCrypt payloads as well.

.Zino Virus Files Recovery and ZinoCrypt Ransomware Removal

We write this article for you aiming to help you to restore your .zino virus files and secure your system. The last paragraph is a complete removal guide that includes alternative data recovery approaches that are designed to help you to restore the corrupted data or at least any of it.

Furthermore, even if you pay the ransom don’t forget that your computer is still infected with the ZinoCrypt. You can get your files back to normal, but the malicious files and objects associated with the threat continue to be on your computer. Thus if you leave the malicious files on your PC, there is a chance next time you start it ZinoCrypt to encrypt them again. For best results we recommend you to use the help of professional anti-malware that will eliminate all existing malware files and objects on your computer and keep you safe in future.

Summary of ZinoCrypt Ransomware

 


Name
ZynoCrypt Ransomware

File Extension
.zino

Ransom
Varies (in BTC)

Easy Solution
You can skip all steps and remove ZynoCrypt ransomware with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Manual Solution
ZynoCrypt ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam emails, malicious URLs, malicious attacments, exploit kits, freeware.

ZynoCrypt Ransomware Removal

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

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    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

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    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely ZynoCrypt Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of ZynoCrypt requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete ZynoCrypt ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

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STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Use professional data recovery software

      Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery – a specialist tool that can restore partitions, data, documents, photos, and 300 more file types lost during various types of incidents and corruption.
      Data Recovery Pro by ParetoLogic – a Microsoft Partner program that is very powerful. It can recover not only local files but also deleted emails and connected drives.
    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps


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    4) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

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      – Hit the “Restore” button

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.
For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete ZynoCrypt Ransomware completely with a few mouse clicks.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova is computer security enthusiast. She is a member of Best Security Search team and enjoys presenting the latest news on cyber-security and cyber-threat issues.