It seems like there is never a week that goes by where we don’t highlight the ever-growing STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. This time, we’ll be talking about ZFDV Ransomware. Like its predecessors, ZFDV Ransomware locks files and demands a ransom fee to restore file access. If you tend to download free software from possibly unreliable sites, you could infect your computer with ransomware like ZFDV Ransomware. Ransomware is usually distributed via spam email attachments or bundled with freeware from pirated software sites.
ZFDV Ransomware corrupts various file types, including photos, music, documents, and videos. During the file encryption, ZFDV Ransomware adds the .ZFDV extension to affected files and leaves a ransom note on the user’s desktop and in every folder that has the encrypted files.
Unfortunately, an online decryption tool that would unlock the files encrypted by ZFDV Ransomware is not available at the moment, and the only reliable way to recover infected files is to restore them from a backup. You could also attempt to use alternative data recovery options. However, there’s no guarantee that alternative data recovery tools will unlock all the encrypted files.
Once downloaded and installed, ZFDV Ransomware employs the AES encryption algorithm to lock up important files. Afterward, it demands a ransom in exchange for the decryption key. The decryption key costs $980, but the cybercriminals will offer a 50% discount if the victim contacts them within the first 72 hours after infection.
The hackers could be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We, however, discourage establishing contact, as there is also no guarantee that they will unlock your files after paying. So ransomware victims are discouraged from paying the ransom, or even establishing communication with the cybercriminals.
How Do I Deal with the ZFDV Ransomware Infection?
To protect yourself from the ZFDV Ransomware infection, you should invest in a reputable malware remediation tool to regularly scan for elements associated with this troublesome ransomware threat. Additionally, you should also back up your files on an external hard drive or cloud storage.