ZinoCrypt Ransomware – Remove It and Restore .ZINO Files

The article will aid you to remove ZinoCrypt ransomware absolutely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of this article.

ZinoCrypt is a ransomware cryptovirus that currently distributes its 2017 edition, or at least that is what is stated inside the ransom note. The ransom note is written in English, and your files will become encrypted with the .ZINO extension. Keep on reading below to see how you could try to restore some of your data files.

Threat Summary

NameZinoCrypt
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your PC and demands payment for unlocking them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .ZINO after it finishes with its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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ZinoCrypt Ransomware – Distribution

ZinoCrypt ransomware could spread its infection via different methods. The payload file that initiates the malicious script for this ransomware, which in turn infects your computer device, is circling the Internet and could infect a lot of computers if distributed on a big scale.

ZinoCrypt ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media websites and services for file-sharing. Freeware that is found on the Web could be presented as useful but at the same time could hide the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files just as you have downloaded them, especially if they come from suspicious sources such as links or e-mails. Instead, you should scan them beforehand with a security tool, while also checking the size and signatures of these files for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for ransomware prevention thread in our forum.

ZinoCrypt Ransomware – Description

ZinoCrypt ransomware is also a cryptovirus. Your files will get encrypted with the extension .ZINO. The ransomware surfaced now, in March 2017. Inside the ransom note it is stated that this is indeed the 2017 edition of the malware, but there is no evidence that the cryptovirus is older than that or that it ever surfaced in the past.

ZinoCrypt ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, launch and repress processes in Windows. Some entries are designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System, such as the example given right here below:

→“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”

The ransom note will show up after the encryption process is complete. The note is written in English and gives details about what the ransom is, along with other instructions about what it will take to restore your files. The note is inside a file named ZINO_NOTE.txt. You can view the ransom message that loads after file encryption right here:

That ransom note reads the following:

ZENOCRYPT Ransomware – 2017 Edition
Your important files has been encrypted with the new ZinoCrypt Ransomware. (Photos,Videos,Etc..)
There are no tools online that will allow you to decode your files for free.
The only way to get your files back is to pay us.
Payment would be done strictly via BTC / Bitcoin.
Do not worry, al your files are safe, but are unavailable at the moment.
To recover the files you need to get special decryption software and personal key.

You can contact us:
Primary Email: [email protected]

Personal ID:
[Redacted]

The note of the ZinoCrypt ransomware states that your files are encrypted and that the only way to get them back is if you pay in Bitcoin at a certain digital address. You should NOT in any circumstances pay those cybercriminals. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Furthermore, giving money to these criminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do other criminal activities.

ZinoCrypt Ransomware – Encryption Process

For now, a list with file extensions that the ZinoCrypt ransomware seeks to encrypt is not available. However, the article will get duly updated if such a list emerges. The extensions which are most likely to get encrypted are the following ones:

→.7z, .bmp, .doc, .docm, .docx, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .php, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .rtf, .sql, .tiff, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .zip

Every file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to each one of them, and that is the .ZINO extension in this case.

The ZinoCrypt cryptovirus is most likely able to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by using the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If that command is utilized, the encryption process will be more efficient, leaving very few options for recovery. You should read on through and check out what type of ways you can try to potentially restore some of your data.

Remove ZinoCrypt Ransomware and Restore .ZINO Files

If your computer got infected with the ZinoCrypt 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 ZinoCrypt from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the ZinoCrypt threat: Manual removal of ZinoCrypt 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 ZinoCrypt files and objects
2. Find malicious files created by ZinoCrypt on your PC

Automatically remove ZinoCrypt by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove ZinoCrypt with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by ZinoCrypt
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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