A ransomware virus believed to have something about CryptoMix as well as CryptXXX is reported to be infecting users and to encrypt their files adding the .rmd file extension to them. The virus has been reported to encrypt victims’ important files to extort them into paying a hefty ransom fee to get the files back. The virus is reported to demand somewhere between 0.5 and 1.5 BitCoins for the ransom payoff and file decryption. However, It Is not advisable to go ahead and pay the ransom because you may not get the files back. Instead, experts recommend reading this informative article to learn how to remove Zeta yourself and hopefully restore the files.
|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 an e-mail for contact. Changed file-extension has been used to .rmd.|
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How Zeta Ransomware Causes an Infection
The virus may come onto a computer via several different methods. The primary method of infection is considered to be malicious e-mail attachments with web links leading to websites that represent a threat. These e-mails have fraudulent information, created to convince users to open the malicious attachment and hence cause the infection via an obfuscated process or another mechanism, like exploit kits, dropper Trojans, etc.
Zeta Ransomware – Post-Infection Information
After already having infected a computer, Zeta ransomware begins to encrypt files on it. ESG malware researchers report the following file extensions to be affected:
→ .sql, .mp4, .7z, .rar, .m4a, .wma, .avi, .wmv, .csv, .d3dbsp, .zip, .sie, .sum, .ibank, .t13, .t12, .qdf, .gdb, .tax, .pkpass, .bc6, .bc7, .bkp, .qic, .bkf, .sidn, .sidd, .mddata, .itl, .itdb, .icxs, .hvpl, .hplg, .hkdb, .mdbackup, .syncdb, .gho, .cas, .svg, .map, .wmo, .itm, .sb, .fos, .mov, .vdf, .ztmp, .sis, .sid, .ncf, .menu, .layout, .dmp, .blob, .esm, .vcf, .vtf, .dazip, .fpk, .mlx, .kf, .iwd, .vpk, .tor, .psk, .rim, .w3x, .fsh, .ntl, .arch00, .lvl, .snx, .cfr, .ff, .vpp_pc, .lrf, .m2, .mcmeta, .vfs0, .mpqge, .kdb, .db0, .dba, .rofl, .hkx, .bar, .upk, .das, .iwi, .litemod, .asset, .forge, .ltx, .bsa, .apk, .re4, .sav, .lbf, .slm, .bik, .epk, .rgss3a, .pak, .big, wallet, .wotreplay, .xxx, .desc, .py, .m3u, .flv, .js, .css, .rb, .png, .jpeg, .txt, .p7c, .p7b, .p12, .pfx, .pem, .crt, .cer, .der, .x3f, .srw, .pef, .ptx, .r3d, .rw2, .rwl, .raw, .raf, .orf, .nrw, .mrwref, .mef, .erf, .kdc, .dcr, .cr2, .crw, .bay, .sr2, .srf, .arw, .3fr, .dng, .jpe, .jpg, .cdr, .indd, .ai, .eps, .pdf, .pdd, .psd, .dbf, .mdf, .wb2, .rtf, .wpd, .dxg, .xf, .dwg, .pst, .accdb, .mdb, .pptm, .pptx, .ppt, .xlk, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xls, .wps, .docm, .docx, .doc, .odb, .odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt.
Then, the virus begins to change the file extensions of all the files adding it’s distinctive suffix, known as .rmd. The files may appear like the following:
After the encryption process by Zeta has completed, the ransomware drops a distinctive ransom note, named HELP_YOUR_FILES.txt with the following contents:
After this is complete, the Zeta virus may leave behind a unique public key and send the private key to the cyber-criminals’ Command & Control servers so that they are the only ones in power to revert the files back to normal.
Zeta Ransomware – Conclusion, Removal, and File Restoration Tips
As a bottom line, we advise nobody to pay the ransom money demanded by the crooks behind this virus, since this may cause a negative outcome and you may not get the files back.
Instead, we advise you to follow the instructions below and remove Zeta from your computer permanently. In case you are having issues with manually coping with Zeta ransomware, it is also recommended download an advanced anti-malware program which will ensure automatic and complete removal in a swift manner.
Furthermore, to restore the files encrypted by the virus, unfortunately, a free decryptor has not been released. However, until you wait, we advise to backup the encrypted files and go with the alternative tools for file restoration posted below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Zeta from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Zeta from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Zeta from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Zeta from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Zeta from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Zeta from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Zeta from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Zeta from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Zeta
Step 2: Uninstall Zeta 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Zeta on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Zeta there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Zeta from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Zeta and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Zeta 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Zeta files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Zeta, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Zeta from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Zeta from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Zeta from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Zeta from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Zeta will be removed.
Eliminate Zeta from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.