Remove Petruk ransomware

About Petruk ransomware

Petruk ransomware ransomware will encrypt your data and demand that you pay to get them back. Ransomware is classified as a serious infection, which could lead to very serious consequences. Specific files will be locked immediately after the ransomware is launched. Ransomware makes the files regarded as the most essential the targets. Unfortunately, in order to unlock files, you require the decryption key, which the crooks behind this ransomware will offer you for a price. A free decryption utility may be released after some time if malware researchers could crack the ransomware. We can’t be sure a decryptor will be developed but that may be your only option if you haven’t made copies of your files. Petruk_ransomware-2.png
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If you haven’t already noticed it, a ransom note should be available on your desktop or in folders holding encrypted files. You will see a short explanation about why and how your files have been locked, in addition to being offered a decryptor. While we can’t force you to do anything as it’s your files we are talking about but paying for a decryption application is not advised. Crooks taking your money while not helping you restore files is not impossible. What’s preventing them from doing just that. Also, if you do not wish to end up in this situation again, you need to have reliable backup to guard your files. In case you have made copies of your files, simply delete Petruk ransomware.

The infection’s spread methods will be clarified more thoroughly later on but in short false updates and spam emails were probably used. Those methods are the most popular among crooks.

Ransomware distribution methods

Despite the fact that you can get the infection in many ways, the most likely way you obtained it was via spam email or false update. We recommend you be more careful in the future if email was how the infection managed to get into your system. When you come across unfamiliar senders, you have to carefully check the email before opening the attachment. It is also pretty common to see cyber crooks pretending to be from known companies, as a well-known company names would make people lose their guard. It is quite common for the sender to pretend to be from Amazon or eBay, with the email saying that a receipt for a purchase has been added as an attachment. If the sender is who they say they are, checking that shouldn’t be hard. Check the sender’s email address, and whether it appears legitimate or not check that it really is used by the company they say to be from. It would also be advisable to scan the added file with a malware scanner to make sure it’s safe to open.

If you have not opened any spam emails, fake program updates might have been used to infect. Often, you will encounter such bogus program updates on suspicious sites. They also come up in advert form and would not automatically bring about distrust. It is unlikely anyone familiar with how updates are suggested will ever fall for this trick, however. You ought to never download updates or software from dubious sources, ads being on top of that list. If software has to be updated, you will be alerted by the application itself or it will happen automatically.

How does ransomware behave

While you have likely already realized this, but ransomware encrypted your files. The encryption process began as soon as you opened the malicious file and it did not take long, which would explain why you didn’t notice it. Encrypted files will have a weird extension attached to them, which will help you find out which files have been locked. Trying to open those files will be of no use because they’ve been encrypted with a strong encryption algorithm. A ransom note will then become visible and it’ll explain what to do about restoring files. Usually, ransom notes look the same, they intimidate victims, ask for payments and threaten with permanent file elimination. Despite the fact that criminals might have the decryption tool, you won’t see many people recommending giving into the demands. The people who are responsible for locking your files in the first place will not feel obliged to recover them even if you pay. If you pay one time, you might be willing to pay again, or that’s what crooks are likely to believe.

It may be the case that you’ve uploaded at least some of your files somewhere, so check storage devices you have and various social media accounts. Our recommendation would be to store all of your locked files somewhere, for when or if malware researchers release a free decryption utility. It is necessary to remove Petruk ransomware whichever option you pick.

Having copies of your files is rather important, so begin routine backups. There is always a risk that you may lose your files, so having backup is essential. There are various backup options available, some more expensive than others but if you have valuable files it is worth investing in one.

How to erase Petruk ransomware

Attempting manual elimination isn’t recommended. Allow malicious software removal program to take care of everything because otherwise, you could end up doing more harm. The malware could stop you from launching the anti-malware program successfully, in which case just reboot your system in Safe Mode. You should be able to successfully delete Petruk ransomware when you launch malicious software removal program in Safe Mode. Malware removal program won’t help you with file decryption, however.

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Learn how to remove Petruk ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Delete Petruk ransomware via anti-malware

a) Windows 7/Vista/XP

  1. Start → Shut down → Restart. win7-restart Remove Petruk ransomware
  2. When the PC starts loading, keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking. win7-safe-mode Remove Petruk ransomware
  4. When your computer loads, download anti-malware using your browser.
  5. Use anti-malware to get rid of the ransomware.

b) Windows 8/10

  1. Open the Start menu, press the Power logo.
  2. Hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Remove Petruk ransomware
  3. Then Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Start Settings. win-10-startup Remove Petruk ransomware
  4. Go down to Enable Safe Mode (or Safe Mode with networking). win10-safe-mode Remove Petruk ransomware
  5. Press Restart.
  6. When your computer loads, download anti-malware using your browser.
  7. Use anti-malware to get rid of the ransomware.

Step 2. Delete Petruk ransomware using System Restore

a) Windows 7/Vista/XP

  1. Start → Shut down → Restart. win7-restart Remove Petruk ransomware
  2. When the PC starts loading, keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-safe-mode Remove Petruk ransomware
  4. In the window that appears, type in cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win7-command-prompt Remove Petruk ransomware
  6. In the Window that appears, select a restore point and press Next. Make sure that restore point is prior to the infection. win7-restore Remove Petruk ransomware
  7. In the confirmation window that appears, press Yes.

b) Windows 8/10

  1. Open the Start menu, press the Power logo.
  2. Hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Remove Petruk ransomware
  3. Then Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Command Prompt. win-10-startup Remove Petruk ransomware
  4. Click Restart.
  5. In the window that appears, type in cd restore and press Enter.
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win10-command-prompt Remove Petruk ransomware
  7. In the window that appears, press Next, choose a restore point (prior to infection) and press Next. win10-restore Remove Petruk ransomware
  8. In the confirmation window that appears, press Yes.

Step 3. Recover your data

a) Method 1. Using Data Recovery Pro to recover files

  1. Obtain Data Recovery Pro from the official website.
  2. Install and open it.
  3. Use the program to scan for encrypted files. data-recovery-pro Remove Petruk ransomware
  4. It files are recoverable, the program will allow you to do it. data-recovery-pro-scan Remove Petruk ransomware

b) Method 2. Using Windows Previous Versions to recover files

For this method to work, System Restore must have been enabled prior to infections.
  1. Right-click on the file you want to recover.
  2. Select Properties. win-previous-version Remove Petruk ransomware
  3. Go to the Previous Versions tab, select the version of the file you want, and click Restore.

c) Method 3. Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

Your operating system automatically creates shadow copies of your files so that you can recover files if your system crashed. It is possible to recover files this way after a ransomware attack, but some threats manage to delete the shadow copies. If you are lucky, you should be able to recover files via Shadow Explorer.
  1. You need to download the Shadow Explorer program, which can be obtained from the official site, shadowexplorer.com.
  2. Install and open it.
  3. Select the disk where the files are located, choose the date, and when the folders with files appear, press Export. shadowexplorer Remove Petruk ransomware

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