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Zelta Ransomware – Remove and Restore .locked Files

This article will help you remove Zelta ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of the article.

Zelta is a ransomware crypting virus that displays a window with a ransom message. The message is written in English and by the looks of it – a Stampado variant. This ransomware seeks to encrypt only a few file types while placing the extension .locked after encryption. Continue to read below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.

Threat Summary

NameZelta
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .locked to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Zelta Ransomware – Infection Spread

Zelta ransomware might spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the world, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your PC will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service down here:

Zelta ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in our forums.

Zelta Ransomware – More Information

Zelta is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them back. Malware researchers have noted that the virus looks like it is a variant of the Stampado ransomware which was released for 39 US dollars on the black market. It is not far to think that a person could buy it, modify it a little and release that version of it.

Zelta ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and probably launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

The note is written in English, and resembles the Stampado note almost 100 percent. You can view the ransom message that is created in the file “How to recover files.txt” after the encryption process in this picture:

That ransom message reads the following:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your documents (databases, texts, images, videos, musics etc.) were encrypted. The encryption was done using a secret key that is now on our servers.
To decrypt your files you will need to buy the secret key from us. We are the only on the world who can provide this for you.
Note that every 6 hours, a random file is permanently deleted. The faster you are, the less files you will lose.
Also, in 96 hours, the key will be permanently deleted and there will be no way of recovering your files.
What can I do?
Contact us by an email telling your ID (below) and wait for us to the instructions.
Contact us by: HiddenMan0135@protonmail.com
As a proof, you can send one encrypted file, so we will send it back decrypted. Use it as a guarantee that we can decrypt your files.
Next Russian Rollette file deletion:
5 hours, 59 minutes and 53 seconds
Time until total loss:
3 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 53 seconds

The ransomware gives only 96 hours for victims to make the needed payment of the ransom. Originally, the price of this ransomware is set to 1 Bitcoin, but in this variant it might be changed. The most intriguing feature here is that if 96 hours pass without payment, a Russian roulette is triggered – every 6 hours a random file will get deleted.

You should NOT under any circumstances pay the ransom. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you any real guarantee. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do other criminal activities.

Zelta Ransomware – Encryption Process

Currently, the ransomware is not known what exact file extensions it seeks to encrypt. However, from the ransom note, we can see that files which are going to be encrypted are associated with:

  • Databases
  • Texts
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music

Those files are the most widely-used ones for common Windows users, making the list viable. All of the files that get encrypted will receive the same extension appended to them, and that is: .locked.

The Zelta cryptovirus might be tweaked to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more efficient as it will eliminate one of the ways for restoring your files. If your PC was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.

Remove Zelta Ransomware and Restore .locked Files

If your computer got infected with the Zelta ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Manually delete Zelta from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the Zelta threat: Manual removal of Zelta 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.

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Zelta files and objects
2. Find malicious files created by Zelta on your PC

Automatically remove Zelta by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove Zelta with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by Zelta
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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