Mzlq Ransomware

What is Mzlq Ransomware?

Mzlq Ransomware is a malicious computer infection that was created to encrypt your files and then push you into transferring a ransom fee for the locked-up data. All the programs from this group are there to bully you into spending your money on the tool that should unlock your data, but there is no guarantee that can actually happen. Instead, you should focus on removing Mzlq Ransomware from your system immediately, and then you can look for ways to restore your files. If possible, consider investing in a licensed antispyware tool that will help you deal with similar infections in the future.test

Where does Mzlq Ransomware come from?

We believe that this application usually comes via spam email attachments. It’s also possible for ransomware infections to utilize unsafe RDP connections and software bundles to reach their victims, although spam emails remain the most common ransomware distribution vector.

Since Mzlq Ransomware comes via spam email attachments, you need to be attentive when you receive emails from unfamiliar senders. Even if you have to deal with various emails and documents every single day, you should remain careful. Spam emails that distribute ransomware are often very urgent, and they basically try to push you into opening the attached file. The attached file will look like a regular PDF or MS Office file. There is also a very good chance that you will be asked to enable the file content before checking it. And if an unfamiliar file asks you to enable its content, that’s a dead giveaway that something is wrong. Therefore, the sooner you remove all the emails from unknown senders, the better.

Also, you can try scanning the received files with a security tool before you open them. If the tool detects anything suspicious about the said files, you can remove them along with the email messages, thus thwarting the ransomware infection.

What does Mzlq Ransomware do?

Mzlq Ransomware is not a stand-alone infection. It means that it comes from a certain group of similar intruders. This program belongs to the STOP Ransomware family, and so this application is practically identical to Sqpc Ransomware, Toec Ransowmare, Jope Ransomware, and multiple other programs from the same group. All the programs in this family are known to share the same ransom note that they display once the files are encrypted. Here’s an extract from the ransom note that Mzlq Ransomware drops in the main affected directories:


Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.

The ransom note also gives you an email address you have to use to contact the criminals behind Mzlq Ransomware. It also says that you can get a decryption tool for $490 (with a 50% discount!) if you contact them immediately.

Does it really mean that Mzlq Ransomware will issue the decryption key? Hardly. It’s been a while since this program’s been released, and so there is a good chance that its servers are already down.

Also, there is a public decryption tool for STOP Ransomware that might work on Mzlq Ransomware as well. The catch is that your files should have been encrypted with an offline encryption key. Only then does the public decryption tool work. If an online key was used, you might have to look for other file recovery options if you do not have a file backup. And a file backup is the best way to alleviate the consequences of a ransomware infection.

How do I remove Mzlq Ransomware?

It is not that hard to remove Mzlq Ransomware manually, but deleting all the files on your own might feel a little bit bothersome. Hence, it is strongly recommended to employ a licensed antispyware tool that will terminate dangerous files automatically. Of course, you can check out the manual removal guidelines right below this description, but it would always be a good idea to scan your system with a security application afterward. After all, there might be more unwanted and potentially harmful apps on-board, and you need to take care of them all.

Manual Mzlq Ransomware Removal

  1. Press Win+R and enter regedit. Press OK.
  2. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  3. On the right, right-click and remove the SysHelper value.
  4. Close Registry Editor and use Win+R to access the following directories:
  5. Remove the Time Trigger Task from both directories.
  6. Press Win+R and enter %LocalAppData%. Press OK.
  7. Remove folders with long random names and the script.ps1 file.
  8. Remove the _readme.txt ransom note.
  9. Use SpyHunter to perform a full system scan. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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