Do you know what 0000 Ransomware is?
0000 Ransomware is one of the newest variants of CryptoMix Ransomware. It does not differ much from previous versions because it also illegally slithers onto users’ computers and then encrypts the majority of personal files it finds stored on these compromised machines. There is only one tiny feature that distinguishes it from these older CryptoMix versions – it keeps running after encrypt victims’ files, which means that all your new files are in danger. You cannot turn the clock back and protect those files that are already locked, but it is not too late to secure those new files you will create. You just need to remove 0000 Ransomware from your system so that it could not encrypt them. Of course, you must fix all security loopholes too so that new crypto-threats could not slither onto your computer illegally ever again and lock your personal data.
Research has clearly shown that 0000 Ransomware is one of those nasty malicious applications that cause irreparable harm when they enter users’ computers. Specifically speaking, it finds where the most valuable files, e.g. pictures, documents, videos, music, etc. are located and then encrypts them all. No doubt the file you see has been encrypted by this threat if it has the .0000 extension appended and its name has been changed to 32 random symbols, e.g. 0AE2C47210495B46345CAE8D130F3F8E.0000. Ransomware infections use strong encryption algorithms to encrypt data found on affected computers, so do not expect to decrypt your files easily. If you are curious what cyber criminals have to offer, you can send an email to one of the email addresses indicated (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com), but do not expect much from them. It is very likely that the “specific information” they promise to provide users with after they write an email to them is nothing more than payment instructions. To put it differently, the chances are high that you will be asked to pay a ransom to be able to decrypt those encrypted files. If you want to hear our opinion, we are strictly against making payments to malicious software developers. We say so because there are no guarantees that you could decrypt your files once you send your money to them. On top of that, you will encourage them to develop more harmful threats in the future by making a payment. We want to make it clear that you might not be able to unlock your files without the special decryptor. Of course, you might not get it from crooks even if you purchase it from them too, so, in our opinion, you should sit tight and wait till free decryption software is released. Of course, the ransomware infection still needs to be deleted from the system as soon as possible.
We have to admit that not much is known about the distribution of 0000 Ransomware because it is not one of those prevalent threats. There are not many victims who could remember their last activities before discovering this infection on their systems, so it is not easy to make conclusions about its distribution either, but, of course, our specialists still have a theory. According to them, it is very likely that users allow this infection to enter their computers themselves by opening malicious attachments from spam emails. If you are sure the ransomware infection has slithered onto your computer in a different way, you must have downloaded it yourself from a dubious page, or it could have been silently downloaded by another threat active on your computer. Either way, you cannot keep 0000 Ransomware installed on your system because it will not miss an opportunity to lock all new files you create.
You need to disable 0000 Ransomware as soon as possible so that it could not cause more problems for you. We cannot promise that its removal will be very easy because it makes modifications in the system registry too, so if you decide to remove this threat from your computer manually, you should use our manual removal guide. A single malicious component left active on the system might allow this nasty threat to revive, so perform all the removal steps!
How to delete 0000 Ransomware
- Tap Win+R on your keyboard.
- Type regedit.exe in the command line and then press Enter on your keyboard.
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
- Delete the Value representing the ransomware infection (it has a random Value name).
- Delete BC0EBCF2F2 from HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
- Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce.
- Delete *BC0EBCF2F2.
- Close Registry Editor.
- Open Explorer (press Win+E).
- Open %ALLUSERSPROFILE% and delete BC0EBCF2F2.exe.
- Remove BC0EBCF2F2.exe from %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data.
- To remove the malicious file launched, delete all recently downloaded suspicious files.
- Empty Trash.
In non-techie terms:
The successful entrance of 0000 Ransomware never goes unnoticed because this infection encrypts users’ files right away. Also, it drops _HELP_INSTRUCTION.txt on Desktop. It tells users that they need to send an email to one of the provided email addresses “for specific information,” but you should not even bother doing that if you are not going to pay money for decryption. Do not forget that you cannot keep the ransomware infection no matter what you decide.