Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen is a group of Winlockers that have plagued computer users in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom. Typically, Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen manifests itself by blocking the victim's access to their own desktop. This kind of malware infection is often known as ransomware, as it takes over the victim's computer and refuses to return it to the victim until a certain amount of money is paid. ESG security researchers strongly recommend against paying Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen's ransom. While effective, Winlockers belonging to Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen family are quite simple. Dealing with them is not difficult at all, provided that you can start your operating system in Safe Mode. The most widespread Winlocker associated with Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen is the so-called Metropolitan Police ransomware, a Winlocker that pretends to be a message from law enforcement claiming that the victim's computer was blocked due to illegal activity. There are variants of Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen Trojan Winlockers corresponding to various law enforcement throughout Europe, displaying messages in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German and Russian.
Dealing with a Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen Trojan Infection
The first step in dealing with a Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen Trojan infection is to regain access to your computer system. This can be done by starting up Windows in Safe Mode. This prevents Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen from launching automatically. Once you've done this, you can then use a legitimate anti-malware program to remove any traces of Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen. However, if you want to remove Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen manually, this is also possible because of this ransomware's simplicity. First, you will need to locate Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen's executable file, usually located in the TEMP directory. This executable file will have the EXE extension and a file name made up of random characters. You will also need to delete Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen's registry entries. However, ESG security researchers strongly recommend against tampering with the Windows Registry if you do not have experience doing this. In this case, it may be better attempting automatic removal with a legitimate anti-malware program. If you have experience using the Windows Registry, you will need to locate two registry entries associated with Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen. The first of these launches Trojan.Zbot.CBCGen's ransomware automatically upon start-up. The second of these entries will disable the Windows Task Manager to prevent the victim from forcing the ransomware's window to close.
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