What is Zenis Ransomware?
Zenis cryptovirus or Zenis Ransomware will encrypt your files and will demand ransom in order to restore back your files. As per the malware researchers, PC which gets infected by this cryptovirus, gets locked with AES military grade encryption algorithm. This ransomware inflicts severe damage to the files, folders and user’s machine.
- Name – Zenis Ransomware
- Targeted Operating System – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/10
- Category – Ransomware, Cryptovirus
- Symptoms – File encryption Virus that encrypts sensitive data, files and folders, asks for a ransom to recover and prepends Zenis prefix to the files.
Why should you worry about Zenis Ransomware?
Zenis Ransomware is similar to many other crypto viruses like BlackRuby2, Princess Locker 2.0, GPGQwerty, GrandCrab 2 etc. Mostly these ransomware are identical in their behavior and differ generally in terms of ransom demanded and the type of encryption algorithm which they use. The cryptovirus like Zenis are generally distributed through spam emails, fake software updates, third-party downloads, contagious web pages and Trojans. The Zenis Virus can gather information (data harvesting) regarding the infected PC and the user along with making certain system modifications, thereby posing severe threats for the user. Your files will be prepended with a Zenis prefix. Once your files are encrypted by the Zenis Ransomware, you will be sent a ransom note, demanding the ransom so as to enable you to recover the files which are rendered inaccessible by it. So, it is highly recommended that you obtain regular backup of your important data and invest your money in buying a decent Internet Security Suite, in order to remain protected from such infections.
How did Zenis Ransomware infect your system?
The cybercriminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –
- Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
- Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
- Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
- Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhone, cars or free overseas trips etc.
How to remove Zenis Ransomware?
You will come across many online platforms providing you Zenis Virus Removal Guide or ransomware removal tool but investing time on recovering files through them is not a brilliant idea. The files encrypted by the Zenis Ransomware can be accessed only through the decryption key and it is always recommended not to pay the ransom for there is no guarantee that the cyber criminals will release your files after obtaining the ransom. You can just restore your encrypted data through Windows previous version as given below in the form of simple steps:
Restore the encrypted data via Windows previous version
If the system restore was enabled for both, system and user files, then you can recover your personal data through Windows Previous Version, provided the ransomware has not damaged the backup files. To restore your data follow the instructions given below –
- Open My Computer and search for the folder you want to restore.
- As soon as you find it, right click on it and choose the restore previous version option from the new window.
- This option will display all the previous copies of the folder.
- Now select restore data and through the options i.e. Open – Copy – Restore.
Tips to prevent your computer system from getting infected
- Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
- Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
- Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
- Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
- Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Sophos and 360 Total Security so that it remains safe.
- Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker of your adware removal tool in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.