The Zobm virus is the name given to another strain of STOP ransomware. It has recently been spotted in the wild. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to corrupt the operating systems in order to personal files and encode them with the help of a sophisticated cipher algorithm. The main goal of Zobm ransomware is to blackmail victims into transferring a hefty ransom to hackers who claim to possess a decryption tool for .zobm files.
So in the event that all your valuable files become inaccessible and contain the malicious extension .zobm in their names, it means that your PC has been infected with Zobm STOP ransomware. Along with the encryption of valuable files Zobm virus disrupts system security. That’s why security experts advise victims to consider the immediate removal of all malicious files and objects created by Zobm ransomware.
Keep up with our ransomware removal guide and learn how to get rid of Zobm virus. The guide will also show you alternative methods for .zobm files recovery.
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Distribution of Zobm Virus Ransomware
Zobm virus is a new data locker ransomware that has been released in active attack campaigns against computer users worldwide. The threat could be utilizing common tactics of distribution to infect computer systems.
One of the easiest ways for the criminals to spread the payload of Zobm ransomware is by attaching it to email messages that are later released in active attack campaigns. The method allows hackers to send the virus to large lists of potential victims. The attachments to malicious email spam messages usually have Word documents or other types of files which users open without hesitation. Once opened on a target host these compromised files trigger the ransomware payload and infect the device with Zobm ransomware crypto virus. Another infection tactic related to emails is hyperlink inserted in the content of the messages. The links are usually labeled as leading to a familiar website or a file of user interest.
Computer criminals behind this new ransomware can be using malicious sites or download portals to distribute malware of different kinds, including Zobm ransomware virus. A popular option is the use of infected documents which may be of different types ‒ spreadsheets, rich text documents, presentations and databases. They are modified to initiate the virus once the built-in scripts are run. Usually when the files are opened a notification will ask the users to run the macros (scripts). If this is done the infection follows.
The hacker-controlled sites are specialist portals that have been created either manually or automatically by the criminals behind Zobm ransomware virus. They can either directly distribute the threat by initiating various scripts or automated operations or link to such instances. Redirects are usually caused by email interaction, ad networks or other browsing activity. However one of the main sources is the availability of browser hijackers. They are malicious add-ons made for the most popular web browsers ‒ Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Microsoft Edge and Safari. Once installed they not only infect the users with the malware but also redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled site. Depending on the configuration the browser hijackers can also steal sensitive information such as any stored passwords, account credentials, history, bookmarks, form data and settings.
Impact of Zobm Virus Ransomware
The so-called Zobm virus has been released in active attack campaigns against computer users worldwide. As reported by security researchers, Zobm file virus is based on the code of the infamous ransomware family STOP. STOP ransomware is designed to plague essential system settings, reach target types of files, encrypt them with sophisticated cipher algorithm and then blackmail victims into paying a ransom for a decryption tool.
At the beginning of the attack, the virus Zobm runs its payload file. Once this file is loaded on the computer, it initiates a series of malicious operations that enable the ransomware to pass through several attack stages. At first, it drops additional malicious files which support all subsequent infective operations. The ransomware could either create or drop them on the system. Typically, cryptoviruses like Madek are designed to place malicious files in the following system folders – %Roaming% , %Windows% , %AppData% , %Local% , %Temp%
During the next attach stage Zobm ransomware starts executing established files in a predefined order. As a result, some essential system settings are heavily modified and hence misused by the virus. Affected could also be registry keys stored by the Registry Editor, legitimate processes and other major components that control the regular system performance. That’s why it’s recommendable to consider the immediate Zobm virus removal.
Following system corruption, Zobm ransomware utilizes a built-in encryption module to complete its main purpose – data encryption. Since this module is designed to transform the code of targeted files with a sophisticated cipher algorithm, the files remain unusable until their code is reverted back to its original state.
All files that are renamed with the extension .zobm are encrypted by the ransomware. Unfortunately, they could be all files that store valuable data of your like:
Following data corruption, Zobm STOP ransomware drops a text file called _readme.txt which contains a ransom message. This file appears on the screen as its purpose is to blackmail you into paying hackers a ransom fee. Here is what its text usually informs:
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Have in mind that even a successful ransom payment does not guarantee that you will receive a working decryption tool that will recover your .zobm files. Hackers could trick you once again by neglecting your messages or sending you a broken decryption tool.
You could attempt to recover .zobm files with the help of the alternative data recovery approaches listed in our removal guide. Have in mind that they do not guarantee 100% efficiency.
Please note that paying the requested ransom fee to cybercriminals does not really solve your problem with Zobm ransomware crypto virus. In fact, you only encourage hackers to continue spreading ransomware of this kind. Instead, you must remove the threat immediately, and only then look for optional ways to recover your data.
WARNING! Manual removal of Zobm ransomware virus requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removing important data accidentally can lead to permanent system damage. If you don’t feel comfortable with manual instructions, download a powerful anti-malware tool that will scan your system for malware and clean it safely for you.
Zobm ransomware Ransomware Virus – Manual Removal Steps
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. The steps below are applicable to all Windows versions.
1. Hit the WIN Key + R
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
Show Hidden Files
Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.
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
4. Click Apply and then OK button
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
Repair Windows Registry
1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination
2. In the box, write regedit 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
WARNING! All files and objects associated with Zobm ransomware ransomware virus should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.
1. Use present backups
2. Use professional data recovery software
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3. Using System Restore Point
- – Hit WIN Key
– Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps
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
– Hit the “Restore” button