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What Is Bbzz Virus?

Bbzz virus filesThe Bbzz virus is a STOP/DJVU ransomware variant. It is the type of threats that gets inside your computer and encrypt your files, adding .bbzz extension and preventing you from accessing them. The main objective of this malware is to get you to pay a ransom fee in the form of Bitcoin. The main idea of this is for the virus to drop a ransom note, containing extortion instructions which also is known as _readme.txt in this case.

Read this article in order to understand how to remove this nasty ransomware and how you can make your files work again.

Bbzz Virus Summary

Name Bbzz Virus virus, also known as UDS:Trojan.Win32.Chapak.gen, Ransom:Win32/StopCrypt.KM!MTB, Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj], Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj], A Variant Of Win32/GenKryptik.FHJB – more detections of this virus on VirusTotal
File Extension
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The Bbzz Virus Virus ransomware will encrypt your files by appending the .Bbzz Virus extension to them.
Ransom Demanding Note _readme.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Bbzz Virus – How Did I Get Infected?

In a similar way to other versions of this family of threats, like Guer, Irjg and Vtua, the Bbzz Virus virus
may also end up being installed on your computer system using different methods.

One of those methods is for the virus to get sent to you via email. If this is the case, then this infection could appear as it is some type of important document that you should open right away, for example:

  • Invoices.
  • E-Tickets for events or flights.
  • Work-related files.
  • Receipts.

A typical malicious e-mail looks like the example below:

Another scenario is if the malware gets in your computer by you having to download some type of file from a third-party website. If so, usually viruses like this one often hide behind files, like the following ones:

  • Fake installation files.
  • Software patches.
  • Self extracting archives or regular archives.
  • Cracked portable versions of apps.
  • Software or game cracks.
  • Key generator (or Keygen).

If the file is within an archive, the following infection process may take place:

stop-ransomware infection 2022 js

Bbzz Virus – What Does It Do?

As reported based on its VirusTotal analysis, when .Bbzz Virus virus infects your computer, it begins to connect to the following malicious domains:

hzzps://api(dot)2ip(dot)ua:443/geo.json
hzzp://tzgl(dot)org/files/1/build3.exe
hzzp://tzgl(dot)org/fhsgtsspen6/get.php?pid=784096FFB1746C103AA33CA7943A68FB&first=true

Be advised, that this virus may also drop files in the following directories of Windows after it infects your computer:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %Temp%
  • %System%
  • %system32%
  • %Windows%
  • %SystemDrive%
  • %LocalLow%

Among the files that are left by this infection on your machine, is _readme.txt, containing the main message sent to your computer by the extortionists:

STOP ransomware virus ransom message

Be advised that this virus may also tamper with some windows registry” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>registry sub-keys of Windows, like the following, which are responsible for files running automatically when you start Windows and executing particular commands:

HKU\S-1-5-21-575823232-3065301323-1442773979-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\SysHelper
HKU\S-1-5-21-575823232-3065301323-1442773979-1000\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E}\iexplore\Count
HKU\S-1-5-21-575823232-3065301323-1442773979-1000\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E}\iexplore\Type
HKU\S-1-5-21-575823232-3065301323-1442773979-1000\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E}\iexplore\Time
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{6FF01438-1265-4FA8-A246-0F774747BE3C}\DynamicInfo
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{6FF01438-1265-4FA8-A246-0F774747BE3C}\Path
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{6FF01438-1265-4FA8-A246-0F774747BE3C}\Hash
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{6FF01438-1265-4FA8-A246-0F774747BE3C}\Triggers
\\REGISTRY\A\{d1f13dd3-323e-11ec-831b-167c9a143b3b}\DefaultObjectStore\_CurrentObjectId_
HKU\S-1-5-21-575823232-3065301323-1442773979-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ProxyServer

This nasty virus may stop the following Windows processes from running by running the commands below:

Stopped Processes:

2324 – “D7424D07DDB02223A6914D1547563DB1.exe”
2456 – C:\Windows\SysWOW64\WerFault.exe -u -p 2324 -s 376
2928 – C:\Windows\system32\sc.exe start w32time task_started
1648 – C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe dfdts.dll,DfdGetDefaultPolicyAndSMART
1176 – taskhost.exe SYSTEM
2336 – taskhost.exe $(Arg0)
2160 – C:\Windows\system32\schtasks.exe /delete /f /TN “Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience Improvement Program\Uploader”

Commands:

%windir%\System32\svchost.exe -k WerSvcGroup
%SAMPLEPATH%
icacls “%LOCALAPPDATA%\3d449fda-98d2-4aac-b1c9-073485bc4e7a” /deny *S-1-1-0:(OI)(CI)(DE,DC)
“%SAMPLEPATH%” –Admin IsNotAutoStart IsNotTask
%LOCALAPPDATA%\3d449fda-98d2-4aac-b1c9-073485bc4e7a\%SAMPLENAME% –Task
wmiadap.exe /F /T /R
explorer.exe “%LOCALAPPDATA%\3d449fda-98d2-4aac-b1c9-073485bc4e7a\%SAMPLENAME%” –AutoStart

It may also run the following commands in Windows Shell:

%SAMPLEPATH%
icacls “%LOCALAPPDATA%\3d449fda-98d2-4aac-b1c9-073485bc4e7a” /deny *S-1-1-0:(OI)(CI)(DE,DC)
“%SAMPLEPATH%” –Admin IsNotAutoStart IsNotTask

What Are .bbzz Files

In order to perform encryption process on your files, this ransomware infection uses AES encryption algorithm. This cipher is designed to attack the most often used files on your computer and change the core date of the structure. The main files that are infected by this infection or the following:

  • Audio file formats (.mp3, .wav, etc.).
  • Pictures (.jpg, .png, .etc).
  • Video file types (.mp4, .avi, etc.).
  • Archives (.zip, .rar, etc).
  • Document file kinds (.docx, .pptx, etc.).
  • Other types of often used data.

Once it has encrypted your files, the virus leaves them in the no longer openable state, looking like the following example:

Picture.jpg.bbzz

Keep reading the story go to learn more about how you can remove this risky infection from your machine and try to get your files to work again.

Remove Bbzz Virus and Try to Restore Files

Bbzz Virus virus can be effectively deleted by following the removal guidance beneath this post. It has been created with the main idea to contain all of the necessary steps to help you manually or automatically find the files of this virus and delete it along with all of its malicious objects. If you don’t have the time to do the removal yourself, our suggestion is following the experts advice and scanning your computer using a professional anti-malware software. Such a program is designed from the ground up to thoroughly and automatically scan your PC and get rid of all malicious entities.

How to Decrypt .bbzz Files?

In case the files that have been encrypted by this ransomware contain off-line keys, then the STOP Ransomware File Decryption Guide or the video steps below should be able to help you decrypt them.

Video guide for using the STOP Ransomware Decryptor:

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.

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About the Bbzz Virus Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Bbzz Virus how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the Bbzz Virus ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.

References

1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware



Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Bbzz Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Bbzz Virus

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1. Hold Windows Key + R.


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".

Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Bbzz Virus and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"

Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Bbzz Virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Bbzz Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.

Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Bbzz Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Video Guide for Automatic and Fast Removal

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Bbzz Virus.

Ransomware infections and Bbzz Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on the top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.

Step 6: How to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomware (Video Guide)


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Bbzz Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Bbzz Virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Bbzz Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Bbzz Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash

”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference.

Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Bbzz Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Bbzz Virus via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Bbzz Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Bbzz Virus.

Ransomware infections and Bbzz Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Bbzz Virus FAQ

What is Bbzz Virus ransomware and how does it work?

Bbzz Virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Bbzz Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Bbzz Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Bbzz Virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Bbzz Virus files?

You can't. At this point the .Bbzz Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Bbzz Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Bbzz Virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Bbzz Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Bbzz Virus files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Bbzz Virus ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Bbzz Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Bbzz Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Bbzz Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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