.zeoticus Virus Files - Remove and Restore Guide
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How to Remove Zeoticus Ransomware Virus

In the unfortunate event that you are a victim of Zeoticus ransomware virus, you can find help in this removal guide.

.zeoticus Virus Files

Zeoticus virus is the name given to a severe ransomware infection that encrypts valuable personal files and extorts a ransom fee from its victims. Once activated on a target computer operating system the Zeoticus ransomware disrupts its security and performs several attack stages without being detected.

Zeoticus ransomware READ_ME.html ransom message

The activation of Zeoticus virus your computer leads to the following issues:

  • Creation of additional malicious files;
  • Data harvest;
  • Connection to a remote server controlled by hackers;
  • Encryption of personal files;
  • Renamed files’ names with the extension .zeoticus ;
  • Creation of a ransom message READ_ME.html;
  • Extortion of a ransom fee.

All changes applied by the ransomware leave the infected system extremely vulnerable to other malware attacks. Continue reading this ransomware removal guide as it will show you how to remove malicious files from your infected system so that it can be protected against future malware attacks and how to possibly restore .zeoticus files.

Threat Summary

NameZeoticus virus
File Extension.zeoticus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA malware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers so that it can extort a ransom fee from victims.
SymptomsImportant files are encrypted and renamed with the virus extension .zeoticus
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom fee probably in cryptocurrency.
Ransom Demanding NoteREAD_ME.html
Distribution MethodSpam Emails; Email Attachments; Corrupted Websites; Software Installers
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Zeoticus virus.
Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

Zeoticus Ransomware – More Details About the Infection

Zeoticus virus is a data locker ransomware that has recently been detected in active attack campaigns against online users worldwide. Itс spread is likely to be realized via spam emails with counterfeit senders, misleading content and malicious email attachments or links to corrupted websites. So, when a user receives an email that is part of а malspam campaign he/she may consider it as a legit one and carelessly interact with its content.

This moment is the beginning of an attack with the so-called .zeoticus virus files. As a vicious malware infection, this ransomware performs lots of complex malicious activities that seriously disrupt system security. After the completion of all initial malicious operations, the ransomware becomes able to encrypt personal files without being interrupted.

For the encryption phase, the virus launches a built-in cipher module with the help of which it scans folders for certain file types that are most likely to store personal data. Every time the module detects a target file, it applies changes that transform the original code of the file and locks it with the extension .zeoticus.

At last the ransomware creates the file READ_ME.html on the Desktop so that it can open it and load a ransom message on the screen. According to the Zeoticus’ ransom message, victims should contact hackers for more details about the recovery of their .zeoticus files. Here is the full content of the ransom message:

Zeoticus
All your data are encrypted.
Only we can decrypt your data, write to the original mails specified in this file, otherwise you will become a victims of scammers
Be carefully, recovery companies usually require more than we, and act as middleman
——————————————-
Contact and send this file to us:
zeoticus@tutanota.com
zeoticus@aol.com
zeoticus@protonmail.com
[User ID]

Of utmost importance is that victims keep calm and refrain from negotiating with cybercriminals. This action does not guarantee the recovery of your encrypted files. We advise all victims to remove Zeoticus ransomware from the infected machines, back up encrypted files and make sure that their systems are protected against future malware attacks.

Remove .zeoticus Virus Files – Restore Data

The so-called .zeoticus virus is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. That’s why it is recommendable that all steps presented in the ransomware removal guide below should be completed. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

How to Recover .zeoticus Files

There are several alternative methods that may be efficient for the recovery of .zeoticus files, but note that there is no guarantee they would work for all encrypted files. You could find them listed under Step 5 from our Zeoticus ransomware removal guide. Beware that you should make copies of all encrypted files and save them on a flash drive for example. This additional step will prevent the permanent loss of encrypted files.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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