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.zzz12 Files Virus – How to Remove It and Restore Your Data

This article has been created with the purpose to provide explanation on how to be able to remove the .zzz12 files virus from your computer system and then show how to try and recover files, encrypted by it.

A new ransomware menace has been detected on the block and it is using the .zzz12 file extension which it gladly ads to the imortant pictures, videos, documents and other often used files after the virus attacks them. The ransomware then leaves behind a ransom note, named Notice.txt. The ransom note’s primary purpose is to get the victims of the ransomware virus to pay a hefty extortion fee to get the encrypted files to be decrypted. If your computer system has been compromised by the .zzz12 files virus, we recommend that you read this article.

Threat Summary

Name .zzz12 Files Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aims to encrypt the files on your computer and then set a custom type of file extension to them plus drop a ransom note which extorts you to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to get your files to work again.
Symptoms The files are appended the .zzz12 file extension. A note, called Notice.txt is dropped.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.zzz12 Ransomware – Update July 2018

The .zzz12 Ransomware has been detected to spread even in July, 2018. The ransom note has been revealed and it seems to be almost identical to the .Qnbqw Ransomware Virus. On top of that an AES 256-bit encryption algorithm has been used for the lock of the file data. The email used is zzz12341@protonmail.com.

The ransom note is as following:

Your files was encrypted using AES-256 algorithm. Write me to e-mail: zzz12341@protonmail.com to get your decryption key.
You have 5 days after price up.
Your USERKEY: [redacted]

The note message is contained in a file called “Notice.txt”, while the extension with which files get encrypted is the same.

.zzz12 Ransomware – How Does It Infect

The primary method of infection that Is associated with the ransoware using the .zzz12 extension is believed to be spammed e-mail messages, that may pretend to come from big companies, such as the example e-mail underneath shows.

These e-mail messages may decieve victims to visit a third-party website from which they may download the infection file (usually a dropper). The infection file itself is believed to be the type of file you would not want anywhere close to your computer. It may pretend to be a legitimate type of document, for example:

  • Invoice.
  • Receipt.
  • Order confirmation.
  • Banking statement.
  • Report of a security intrusion of your account.

The file may be an executable, a self-extracting archive and even a malicious Microsoft Office document that contains malicious macros embedded in it.

In addition to via e-mail, the malicious files of the .zzz12 files virus may also be dropped on the computers of victims as a result of opening a malicious executable that is uploaded online. These types of malicious executables are likely available on websites posing as:

  • Cracks or patches.
  • Key generators.
  • License activators.
  • Portable programs.

.zzz12 Files Virus – Activity Report

The .zzz12 files virus is the type of ransomware, whose main purpose is to encrypt the files on the computers, infected by it, after which hold them hostage for a ransom. To reach it’s end goal, the .zzz12 ransomware drops it’s malicious file with it’s possible location in one of the following Windows directories:

  • %SystemDrive%
  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Windows%

After the ransomware has already infected the computer it drops it’s ransom note, called Notice.txt which has the following contents:

Your files was encrypted using AES-256 algorithm. Write me to e-mail: zzz12341@protonmail.com to get your decryption key. You have 5 days after price up. .
Your USERKEY:

The .zzz12 ransomware may also delete the volume shadow copies of the infected computer by running Windows Command Prompt as an administrator in a script-based attack, which may execute the following commands:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet & bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no & bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures”

.zzz12 Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of this ransomware infection starts with scanning your computer for the following file types:

  • Documents.
  • Audio files.
  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Archives.
  • Databases.

After the encryption, the files can no longer be opened and the ransomware appends the .zzz12 file extension to them, making them start to look like the image below shows:

The virus is very careful to skip encrypting important files on the victim’s computer, which may cause the operating system to malfunction.

Remove .zzz12 Files Virus from Your Computer and Restore Encrypted Files

In order to make sure that this ransomware infection is successfully gone from your computer, it is strongly reccomended to follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been made with the clear purpose to help you delete the virus files either manually or automatically. If manual removal of ransomware is not something you are used to doing, it Is reccomended to focus on performing an automatic removal, preferrably by downloading and installing an advanced anti-malware software, as experts recommend. Such program will automatically look for all of the malicious files on your computer and erase them plus make sure that your PC stays protected against any intrusions that may occur to it in the future as well.

If you want to restore files, encrypted by this ransomware virus on your computer we advise you to try and use the file recovery instructions underneath in step “2. Restore files, encrypted by .zzz12 Files Virus”. They have been created with the main purpose to help you to restore as many encrypted files as possible without the need to pay ransom.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .zzz12 Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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.

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Step 4: Scan for .zzz12 Files 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.

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

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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.

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .zzz12 Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .zzz12 Files 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 reccomended 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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .zzz12 Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .zzz12 Files 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 reccomended 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.


.zzz12 Files Virus FAQ

What is .zzz12 Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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 ..zzz12 Files Virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..zzz12 Files 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 ..zzz12 Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .zzz12 Files 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 "..zzz12 Files 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 ..zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files 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 .zzz12 Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..zzz12 Files Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .zzz12 Files 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.

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