Zida Ransomware

What is Zida Ransomware?

Zida Ransomware is not an entirely new player in the malware field. This infection is there to bully you into spending your money on a decryption key that may not even deliver. It is a rather old infection, so it means that its server could be down by now, and the criminals may not even issue the decryption key even if you were to contact them. But of course, contacting the criminals behind this threat is not a good idea. Instead, you have to focus on removing Zida Ransomware from your system, which you can do by following the removal instructions at the bottom of this page.

Where does Zida Ransomware come from?

When we say that this program is not a new player in the field, it means that it comes from a prominent ransomware family. The family is called the STOP Ransomware group, where the first infection in line had been Stop Ransomware. All the programs that were released afterwards were based on this Stop Ransomware infection, and they are practically identical. Hence, Zida Ransomware does not differ much from Tabe Ransomware, Copa Ransomware, Ogdo Ransomware, and many other programs that come from the same group.

What’s more, all these programs employ similar distribution methods. This fact is somewhat frustrating because it means that we could easily avoid getting infected with ransomware if only we were more careful. Unfortunately, users forget the most common malware threats and how close they can be.

As far as we know, Zida Ransomware and other programs from the STOP Ransomware family tend to travel via spam email. They come in spam email attachments, and those attachments look like legitimate files. They might try to pass for a PDF document or an image file that you supposedly have to open at once. When users are used to opening document files or images every single day, they might think that it’s just another document they need to check. As a result, the Zida Ransomware installer gets launched and then it downloads the main payload on the target computer.

The bottom line is that users need to delete spam emails without opening them. In some cases, spam email campaigns that might use stolen identities to make themselves look more reliable. Thus, sometimes you might receive odd emails from your colleagues, too. However, if you feel that there is something off about an email or its attachment, you can employ an antispyware scanner to scan the file before opening it. If the scanner says that the file is malicious, you can delete the email and the file at once.

What does Zida Ransomware do?

Unfortunately, not everyone is that vigilant, and Zida Ransomware still manages to enter all sorts of systems worldwide. There is nothing unusual in the way this ransomware infection works. Upon installation, it runs a full system scan, which allows the program to locate all the files it can encrypt. Then it runs the file encryption. If the program uses an offline encryption key, it is possible to use the public decryption tool designed for Stop Ransomware to unlock the encrypted files. That’s a big bonus when it comes to the Stop Ransomware family.

If Zida Ransomware employs an online key, you will have to look for other ways to restore your files. This is where the importance of a file back-up comes into the picture. That’s actually your best bet when you want to protect your data from a ransomware infection. And even if you do not have a file backup, that shouldn’t be the reason to listen to whatever the ransom note has to say.

How do I remove Zida Ransomware?

As mentioned, this is an old infection, so contacting the criminals via the given emails would probably not give you any results. Thus, you need to remove Zida Ransomware from your system instead. You can terminate the infection manually, but if you don’t want to do it on your own, get yourself a reliable antispyware tool that will terminate the program automatically.

Afterwards, be sure to explore all the file recovery options available. And if you need to start building your file library anew, don’t hesitate to create a file backup, too.

Manual Zida Ransomware Removal

  1. Remove the latest files from Desktop.
  2. Delete the latest files from the Downloads folder.
  3. Press Win+R and enter %TEMP%. Click OK.
  4. Delete recent files from the directory.
  5. Press Win+R and type %LOCALAPPADATA%. Click OK.
  6. Remove the folder with a long random name.
  7. Use SpyHunter to perform a full system scan. 100% FREE spyware scan and
    tested removal of Zida Ransomware*

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