Zepto Ransomware

Zepto Ransomware Description

The Zepto Ransomware is a variant of the Trojan Locky Ransomware. The Zepto Ransomware is designed to infect all versions of the Windows operating system, from Windows XP all the way to Windows 10. Ransomware Trojans like the Zepto Ransomware are especially threatening because, even if removed, the victim's files will still be inaccessible. Essentially, the Zepto Ransomware takes the victim's files hostage, encrypting them and demanding the payment of a ransom to decrypt them. Since the files encrypted by the Zepto Ransomware are impossible to recover without access to the decryption key, PC security analysts advise that computer users take immediate preventive measures to avoid becoming victims of this and similar ransomware Trojan attacks.

The Files Encrypted by the Zepto Ransomware may be Lost Forever

When the Zepto Ransomware is installed on the victim's computer, it scans the victim's files and encrypts them using a strong encryption algorithm. The Zepto Ransomware changes the files' extensions to '.the Zepto' to identify the files that have been encrypted. Once a file is encrypted by the Zepto Ransomware it becomes inaccessible. After encrypting the victim's files, the Zepto Ransomware delivers a ransom note instructing the victim on what to do next. Unfortunately, computer users will have little choices left after the Zepto Ransomware has encrypted the files on the affected computer. The following are examples of files that are targeted by the Zepto Ransomware and similar threats:

.123 | .3dm | .3ds | .3g2 | .3gp | .602 | .aes | .ARC | .asc | .asf | .asm | .asp | .avi | .bak | .bat | .bmp | .brd | .cgm | .cmd | .cpp | .crt | .csr | .CSV | .dbf | .dch | .dif | .dip | .djv | .djvu | .DOC | .docb | .docm | .docx | .DOT | .dotm | .dotx | .fla | .flv | .frm | .gif | .gpg | .hwp | .ibd | .jar | .java | .jpeg | .jpg | .key | .lay | .lay6 | .ldf | .m3u | .m4u | .max | .mdb | .mdf | .mid | .mkv | .mov | .mp3 | .mp4 | .mpeg | .mpg | .ms11 | .MYD | .MYI | .NEF | .odb | .odg | .odp | .ods | .odt | .otg | .otp | .ots | .ott | .p12 | .PAQ | .pas | .pdf | .pem | .php | .png | .pot | .potm | .potx | .ppam | .pps | .ppsm | .ppsx | .PPT | .pptm | .pptx | .psd | .rar | .raw | .RTF | .sch | .sldm | .sldx | .slk | .stc | .std | .sti | .stw | .svg | .swf | .sxc | .sxd | .sxi | .sxm | .sxw | .tar | .tbk | .tgz | .tif | .tiff | .txt | .uop | .uot | .vbs | .vdi | .vmdk | .vmx | .vob | .wav | .wb2 | .wk1 | .wks | .wma | .wmv | .xlc | .xlm | .XLS | .xlsb | .xlsm | .xlsx | .xlt | .xltm | .xltx | .xlw | .zip.

Dealing with the Zepto Ransomware and Similar Threats

As mentioned before, the best method is prevention. The following are steps computer users can take to avoid becoming victims of the Zepto Ransomware attack and similar ransomware Trojans:

  1. Back up all files regularly on an off-site location. The Zepto Ransomware and similar attacks rely on taking the computer users' files hostage, making them inaccessible until the victim pays for the decryption key. If the victim is able to recover the files from a back-up, then the Zepto Ransomware attack becomes completely ineffective.
  2. Use a strong anti-malware program that is fully up-to-date to detect the Zepto Ransomware before it is installed on your computer. If your anti-malware software is running at all times and is appropriately reliable, it will be able to intercept the Zepto Ransomware and similar threats before they can carry out their attacks on your computer.
  3. Avoid opening unsolicited email attachments and embedded links. Threats like the Zepto Ransomware may be distributed using corrupted email attachments and links. If computer users learn to spot and prevent these tactics, it will reduce the chances of becoming infected with one of these threats greatly.

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Solutions: Your computer may have malware hiding in memory that prevents any program, including SpyHunter, from executing on your computer. Follow to download SpyHunter and gain access to the Internet:
  • Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
  • Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
  • Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
  • IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.

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Technical Information

Infection Statistics

Our MalwareTracker shows malware activity across the world. Explore real-time data of Zepto Ransomware outbreaks and other threats from global to local level.

File System Details

Zepto Ransomware creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 file.exe 241,664 65b84d4e47406489c3ad7e48defa09e8 71

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  • mark:

    any idea how can i decrypt zepto files????

  • annie thai:

    how can I restore my files hacked by zepto?
    I tried the system recovery, but since the computer has been updated after that I could not do that.
    please advise, thank you


    In my system inter zepto virus so how to recover my data and how to removal zepto virus.
    our system is window xp professional pls help bez its my important data.

  • Brenda:

    Has anyone PAID he ransom?

  • ernest olson:

    How to regain my files infected by zepto-viruses?

  • Harvey Veon:

    I have files infected with Zepto, primarily excel docs. How do I get my files back?

  • Jim:

    Like everyone above, my files are ZEPTOed! How do I restore my files, my pictures of my grandchildren. Please help!

  • Alex:

    I have zepto virus I need help ASAP

  • Massimo Graziani:

    First of all, remember the virus crypt your files, and after delet the original. If you want to try the best deal is to create a file image of your disk, using free FTK Imager, and after you have to carving out the original files with F-DAC a free forensic tool. Thi must be done before aothe use of the disk, even maybe recover the original file will be more difficult if you use the PC. With this system I’ve recovered a lot of my friends victim of this TROIAN.
    Maybe this informations help you.

  • mICHAEL:

    I have a ZEPTO files that will not allow me to open any of my past documents. They are obviously very important to me. Is there any way for me to find a way to be able to restore my files back to normal?

  • Fritz Selb:

    My PC is in infected by the Zepto virus. All data files have the ending .zepto now. How can I get out of it and get my files back?
    Can you help?
    Fritz Selb

  • Sameeh Salim:

    I have a ZEPTO files that will not allow me to open any of my past documents. They are obviously very important to me. Is there any way for me to find a way to be able to restore my files back to normal?

  • neda:

    please help me all my file are attacked by zepto please help me

  • zaw lin htun:

    how to do
    my Local Disk (D) excel file change to .Zepto
    Help me
    test by Shadow Explorer is good to Local Disk (c)
    Don’t Support Data D

  • betty:

    i have been hacked by this zepto scam. Am i at risk if i use internet banking and log into social media accounts. will they be able to hack into mt accounts ???

  • Randy Carr:

    I have a ZEPTO files that will not allow me to open any of my past documents. They are obviously very important to me. Is there any way for me to find a way to be able to restore my files back to normal?

  • Miguel:

    Estou com um computador com ZEPTO e quero remover a extensão do mesmo.

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