Zoneware Ransomware Removal Process (remove ZonewareRansomware)

September 21, 2017

Zoneware Ransomware is an aggressive malware threat that is known for encrypting files and tagging each with the .ZW extension. Upon encrypting files on an infected PC, Zoneware Ransomware may display its demands for a ransom payment to supposedly unlock the files and make them accessible again.

Those who may opt to pay the ransom demanded by Zoneware Ransomware may be taken for a ride that has no end in the form of Zoneware Ransomware extorting money and getting nothing back for the payment. Instead of taking the risk of paying the ransom, it is best to go through a removal process using an antispyware tool. Getting the files back is as simple as utilizing a system backup to restore all files encrypted by Zoneware Ransomware.

Are you getting popups from Zoneware Ransomware? Have you identified that you have Zoneware Ransomware installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Zoneware Ransomware completely from your computer?

Why should you remove Zoneware Ransomware?

If Zoneware Ransomware resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Zoneware Ransomware may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Zoneware Ransomware removal process.

How can you manually remove Zoneware Ransomware

Manual removal of Zoneware Ransomware may not be for everyone. Each manual Zoneware Ransomware removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Zoneware Ransomware removal process.

Zoneware Ransomware can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate Zoneware Ransomware in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Zoneware Ransomware, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing Zoneware Ransomware. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process


  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with Zoneware Ransomware from your computer.

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Zoneware Ransomware, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"


  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Zoneware Ransomware by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Zoneware Ransomware folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Zoneware Ransomware completely from your computer. If you find that Zoneware Ransomware is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Zoneware Ransomware removal process.

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