Zilla Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Zilla Ransomware is?

Zilla Ransomware is one of the more recently discovered ransomware-type computer infections. Apparently, this program was configured to encrypt a handful of file types. However, the encrypted file types are the types that hold personal information. This program’s developers want you to pay a ransom to recover your files, but you should keep in mind that they might not hold their end of the bargain. Therefore, you ought to remove this program. If your PC has been infected with this ransomware, then you might be interested to find out more about it, so we invite you to continue reading.

Like most ransomware creators, Zilla Ransomware’s developers have decided to use email spam to distribute it around the world. The emails are sent from a dedicated email address, and they most likely include this ransomware as an attached file. The name of the included executable is ConsoleApplication1.exe. Therefore, the email can say that this is some sort of a useful program. However, we do not know what deceptive tactics are used to trick potential victims into downloading and running this application. If you run the application without downloading it, then it will be placed in the %TEMP% folder. However, if you choose to download it first and run it afterward, then you can find it in the place where all of your downloads go (Desktop or Downloads folder, for example.) Now, let us discuss how this ransomware functions.

Zilla Ransomware uses an advanced encryption algorithm to encrypt a handful of file types. Researchers say that this ransomware uses the AES algorithm which is a strong algorithm, so decrypting it is next to impossible unless this program has exploitable vulnerabilities, but none have been found just yet. Our malware analysts have concluded that this program was set to encrypt .doc, .jpg, .mp3, .pdf, .png, .pptx, .txt, and .xls files. As you can see, the formats include those that hold documents, videos, audios, and images. Therefore, it is evident that this ransomware was configured to target files that are more likely to hold personal and, thus, valuable information. While encrypting the files, it appends them with a “.zilla” file extension. The added extension signifies that the files have been encrypted. Researchers say that the command and control (C&C) server of this ransomware is down, so it does not send or receive information.

Once the encryption is complete, this ransomware drops a text file called OkuBeni.txt. The information inside this text file reads “Dosyalarınız Şifrelendi!” which means “Your Files Are Encrypted!” Researchers say that this ransomware is semi-functional. This program should demand that you pay 0.5 BTC which is 1244 USD. However, the ransom note contains no information on how to pay it, so there is no way you can buy the decryption tool/key.

Due to the fact that you cannot purchase the decryption tool/key and the fact that you might not receive it even if you had this opportunity, we recommend that you remove this ransomware from your computer entirely. Unfortunately, there is no way you can get your files back because the encryption method used by this ransomware is very strong indeed. If you have decided to delete Zilla Ransomware, then you can either use an antimalware program such as SpyHunter or the removal guide provided below this article.

Delete this ransomware manually

  1. Press Windows+E keys.
  2. Enter the following file paths in the File Explorer’s address box.
    • %TEMP%
    • %USERPROFILE\Downloads
    • %USERPROFILE\Desktop
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Locate ConsoleApplication1.exe, right-click it and click Delete.
  5. Empty the Recycle Bin.

In non-techie terms:

Zilla Ransomware is simple ransomware-type computer infection that sets out to encrypt your personal files. However, for some reason, it does not provide you with the means to pay the ransom. Therefore, you are stuck with your files encrypted permanently. Therefore, the only solution to this problem is to remove this program. Please see the guide below or download our featured anti-malware program that will delete this infection for you.