What is Zeropadypt NextGen ransomware?
Zeropadypt NextGen (or Ouroboros) is another ransomware that usually penetrates the victim’s computer through the vulnerable port of RDP 3389. As the name implies, it is the second modification of the Zeropadypt ransomware at the beginning of August 2019. This version encrypts the data using the RSA algorithm (some versions use combo RSA+AES 256 algorithms). Thus, your photos, documents, videos, databases, and other personal files will be unavailable until they are decrypted. All infected files are marked with an extension which depends on the version of the virus.
Once inside, Zeropadypt NextGen ransomware does some sorts of unpleasant things in the OS Windows, after which it encrypts user files. In all infected folders (where the above file extensions were added) – a text file called Read-Me-Now.txt appears that wants money. Crackers tell you that you must pay them for a decryption tool to recover lost data, and then contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org, BackFileHelp@protonmail.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org , or RECOVERUNKNOWN@protonmail.com- yes.
The content of the demand-paying text file is very impressive:
All your files are encrypted using a high-level cryptographic algorithm.
If You Need Your Files You Must Pay For Decryption
You can send 1 MB file for the decryption test to make sure that your files can be decrypted
After 48 hours, if you do not contact us or use third-party applications or recovery tools, the decryption fee will be doubled
After Testing, You will Get a Decryption Tool
Your decryption identifier: XXXXXXX
Contact Us: RECOVERUNKNOWN@protonmail.com
As we see, cybercriminals invented some kind of free sample – test decryption in order to increase self-confidence, while they hasten to scare the victims that the necessary amount for the decoder will be doubled within 48 hours after infection with Zeropadypt NextGen.
Remember, there is no guarantee that scammers will send you a decoder after payment. Paying for such “services”, you will encourage them to improve their ransomware and make you happy with new, more advanced versions. Therefore, there’s nothing to talk to them about; it’s better to use special utilities from conscientious specialists which will help you return everything to its original state.
How Zeropadypt NextGen ransomware gets on my computer?
This happens using the vulnerable RDP protocol, in which the default port number is 3389. Using special programs, crackers browse the Internet for such connections, use the brute force method (brute force passwords) to log into the computer account and remotely configure malware manually. Zeropadypt NextGen removes shadow copies of volumes using PowerShell commands. Then it loads several modules, opens, deletes and writes several service files, connects to a remote server and modifies the Windows registry. All this is necessary so that the malware runs along with the operating system. If the antivirus program is disabled or missing, then removing Zeropadypt NextGen ransomware can be a problem.
How to remove Zeropadypt NextGen Ransomware?
First of all, don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will PPDDDP Ransomware system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the Zeropadypt NextGen Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
Try Stellar Data Recovery
Stellar Data Recovery is one of the most effective tools that can recover lost and corrupted files — documents, emails, pictures, videos, audio files, and more — on any Windows device. The powerful scan engine can detect compromised files and finally save them to specified destination. Despite its advancedness, it’s very concise and simple so that even the most inexperienced user can figure it out.
Email security is the first line of defense against ransomware viruses. To do this, we recommend that you use MailWasher. MailWasher blocks ransomware viruses coming through spam and phishing, and automatically detects malicious attachments and URLs. In addition, malicious messages can be blocked even before the recipient opens them. Since the main source of the spread of ransomware viruses are infected emails, antispam significantly reduces the risk of a virus appearing on your computer.
At this moment, there is a free decryption tool that can recover encrypted files with the following extensions:
Follow this link, to learn how to do it.
You may find more detailed information about antivirus products in our article – Top 5 Antivirus Software for Windows
Restore your files using shadow copies
- Download and run Stellar Data Recovery.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from and press Scan.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Zeropadypt NextGen Ransomware:
Related connections or other entries:
How to decrypt files infected by Zeropadypt NextGen Ransomware?
You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.
Decrypt files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although the latest versions of Zeropadypt NextGen Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged. This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- .azur or .limba – click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
How to prevent your system from Ransomware?
Make sure your Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection is closed when you don’t use it. Also, we recommend using a strong password for this service. The most efficient way to avoid data lose is of course to make a backup of all important data from your computer.