Pedro Virus

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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This page aims to help you remove Pedro for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Pedro file can be recovered.

A Ransomware such as Pedro is a threat that can attack you very unexpectedly. This malware relies on the effect of surprise in order to shock its victims and extract money from them. It does that by secretly encrypting the files that are stored on the compromised computer, and then asking the attacked users to pay a ransom in order receive a decryption key for them. If you are reading this because you have been infected with Pedro, you may well be feeling frustrated and may desperately be seeking a highly effective solution that can help you avoid the ransom payment and remove the infection. Fortunately, we may be able to help you with this uneasy task by providing you with some alternative methods which don’t involve giving your money to the attackers. Below, there is a manual removal guide which you can use to deal with Pedro, as well a professional removal tool, and a file-recovery section. Check them out and decide for yourself on what the best way to handle the Ransomware’s attack would be in your case.

The .Pedro virus

Pedro Virus

The Pedro Virus will drop a _readme.txt file with instructions for you to follow

Ransomware infections are a rather unique form of computer malware. This is because, unlike Trojans, Rootkits, Spyware, and other similar viruses, the Ransomware infections usually do not damage or corrupt anything on the system – nothing that would normally trigger a warning from an antivirus program. Instead, Ransomware utilizes a harmless process known as data-encryption as a tool for blackmailing. The encryption itself, however, isn’t a harmful process. It is used on a day-to-day basis for protecting all kinds of data – it is used by instant message applications, shopping sites, online banking platforms, and so on. People need encryption to keep sensitive information protected from unauthorized access. This is the reason why the majority of antivirus programs do not consider the encryption as something disturbing and typically do nothing to end such processes.

People with malicious intentions, however, have come up with a way to use this otherwise invaluable data protection method as a base for money extortion. They block the access to your most valuable files secretly, and simply surprise you with a scary ransom note which asks you to send money to them so as to regain your access.

The .Pedro file encryption

Pedro File

These are the infected files by a new strain of the STOP Ransomware, modifying the extension with .Pedro

Many shocked web users keep sending money to the extortionists behind the Ransomware with the hope of having their documents restored. Unfortunately, by doing this, they only sponsor the crooks and encourage them to keep on file-encrypting viruses and unleashing them on unsuspecting victims. For this reason, we often advise the people who land on our “How to remove” page to exhaust their other alternative options of coping with the Ransomware before deciding on paying the ransom transaction. If you need some help with where to start, you can take a look at our removal guide right after this article. It will assist you with removing Pedro, which is, by no means, a small thing. In addition, it may also assist you with the recovery of some of your encrypted files from system backups. We cannot guarantee that this will always be the case, but it won’t hurt to give a try to the file recovery suggestions.


Name Pedro
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Pedro Virus Removal


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


How to Decrypt Pedro files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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