Do you know what ZeroLocker is?
ZeroLocker is another malware that acts in a similar manner as CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense, and Cryptowall applications. Thus, if you have already encountered any of them, you will know that ZeroLocker will also encrypt your files and then display you a message asking to pay a particular sum of money in order to access your programs and files. If this infection has really infiltrated your system, you will be able to detect three files (address.dat, log.dat, and ZeroRescue.exe) by following the path C:\ZeroLocker. Even though it is advisable to get rid of ZeroLocker as soon as possible, you should not delete these files if you want to pay a ransom for the decryption of your files.
It is very likely that this ransomware will encrypt the files that exist in the directories of your browsers, the shortcuts in the Taskbar, and even other files that are placed on the Desktop. It is not difficult to recognize them because ZeroLocker will add an extension .encrypt to all of them. Unfortunately, many computer users pay a ransom of $300, $600 or even $1000 (the sooner you pay, the lower the price will be) because they are not able to access their files themselves. Even if this might be a solution, we still recommend that you carefully think whether you really want to do that because there are no guarantees that your files will be decrypted.ZeroLocker screenshot
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Furthermore, the specialists of spyware-techie.com have found out that ZeroLocker will also encrypt one of the system files called NTUSER.DAT, which means that all of your preferences, for instance, Start menu configuration, desktop properties, etc. will disappear. What is more, it seems that cipher.exe file is closely associated with ZeroLocker as well. The research has shown that it might create a temporary folder and several temporary files in it. Besides, it will replace the existing information with various symbols in order not to allow computer users to decrypt it.
Unfortunately, it does not seem that you will be able to access your files. There are no guarantees that you will be able to do that even if you pay a ransom. Either way, you should still get rid of ZeroLocker entirely. The easiest way to do that is to scan the system with an automatic malware remover. The specialists of spyware-techie.com suggest that you make a backup of your files in order not to lose them in the future again.
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It seems that malicious software is usually distributed using deceptive methods and ZeroLocker is not an exception. It seems that it might come with fake Java installers. In order to prevent malware enter your system in the future, you should definitely keep an antimalware tool enabled all the time. Besides, it is very important to avoid doubtful websites.