A ransomware infection going by the name Zorro ransomware has been detected by malware researchers to encrypt the files on the computers It infects after which drop a ransom note ,named “(Your saving grace).txt”. In the ransom note, the virus demands 1 BTC to be paid to the bitcoin address of the cyber-criminals to restore files back to being able to be opened. In case your computer has been infected by the Zorro ransomware infection, we recommend you to read the following article carefully.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” linking to a web page and a decryptor. Changed file names and the file-extension .zorro has been used.|
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.Zorro File Virus – How Does It Spread
For the .zorro file virus to cause an infection, the ransomware may take advantage of different software that may spam it. The main method by which ransomware viruses like the Zorro threat spread are via spammed e-mails that pretend to be something important for the user. The e-mails also contain an e-mail attachment and a deceptive message alongside them. This allows for the successful tricking of the victim to open the malicious attachment:
Thankfully, now there are online services, like ZipeZip which scan for archives to detect malware before you even open them, and users should look for this and other similar ways to check archives on-demand before opening them in order to increase protection.
Other methods in which the cyber-criminals behind the .Zorro ransomware virus may have invested to increase infection rate is to upload fake installers, fake patches and cracks on torrent websites and suspicious software sites. Once users download something online, like a game, for example and they want to “patch” it and play it for free, the patch is actually the virus and causes the infection.
Zorro Ransomware – Infection Activity
After a malicious executable by Zorro ransomware has been opened on the computer of the user, the virus begins to connect to a remote C2 server, the current location to which is currently unknown. From there, the malicious files of the Zorro virus are downloaded. They may be situated in the following Windows locations:
- %User Profile%
After the malicious files have already been situated on the affected computer, the virus begins to perform several other modifications on it as well. One of them is to modify the Windows registry editor, more specifically the Run and RunOnce registry sub-keys. This results in the malware running on system startup.
Other activity of this virus may include the shutting down of system processes and security shields to ensure successful encryption.
Zorro Ransomware Virus – The Encryption
The encryption process of the Zorro virus is very specific. It aims to primarily target files which are widely used, such as:
- Microsoft Office files.
- Open Office documents.
- Libre Office files.
- Audio files.
- Image files.
- Files related to programs that are often used.
After the encryption process has completed, the Zorro ransomware infection begins to cause damages on the files by encrypting them. This results in making the files no longer to be openable. After the encryption process has completed, the .zorro file extension has been added and the files appear like the image below:
Remove Zorro Ransomware and Restore .zorro Encrypted Files
For the removal of Zorro ransomware, we recommend following the removal instructions that are posted below. They are carefully designed to help you remove the ransomware infection properly. For maximum effectiveness malware researchers strongly recommend using an advanced anti-malware software which will take care of the removal process automatically and ensure future protection as well.
Furthermore, files encrypted by Zorro ransomware cannot be directly restored. But do not despair. Instead, you can attempt and recover them by using the alternative methods in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Zorro” below. These methods are not 100 percent effective but you may recover some of your encrypted files using them.
Manually delete Zorro from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the Zorro threat: Manual removal of Zorro requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.