Peta Virus


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


.Peta is ransomware of the STOP Decryptor strain that features .Seto, .Hese and .Gero among others. .Peta aims to extort from its victims money in the form of untraceable bitcoins.

In the event that a strange malware program has locked your files with a strong encryption, and has asked you to pay a ransom to access those files, then you most probably have become a victim of a Ransomware infection called Peta.  The threat you are faced with is also known as cryptovirus and, in the next lines, we are going to assist you in better understanding how this infection operates, and how you can remove it in the best possible way. If you stay with us, you will find a helpful removal guide at the end of the article with instructions on how to clean your system from this malware. We will also share some alternatives that you can use to restore some of your encrypted records, as well as some useful prevention and protection tips.

The .Peta virus

The .Peta virus drops a _readme.txt in the users’ folders, as seen in the picture below. It encrypts folders one by one, so if you see it, is is possible to stop the .Peta virus in its tracks by shutting down the machine.

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The readme.txt .Peta drops on victims’ desktops.

If you are faced with a Ransomware for the first time, you should understand that this is one of the web’s most malicious threats. We don’t want to scare you right from the beginning, but knowing what you have to deal with is the first step to get the problem resolved. Unlike other online threats, such as viruses, Trojan Horses, Worms, Spyware, etc., which can steal your information, damage your software, or hack the entire OS, an infection like Peta will not, in any way, damage, delete or corrupt your files, or your machine. Instead, it would apply encryption to your most valuable information, with the goal of blackmailing you. This particular malware uses a very powerful, and complicated algorithm of symbols to convert all the files on the infected device into unreadable pieces of data. After the encryption is applied to them, the files cannot be opened or used without the application of a unique, and secret decryption key. We should mention, though, that all the data is still present on the hard drive of the system, and it is not damaged. However,  the files’ extensions are likely to get replaced by some unrecognizable ones, which no software can read. The Ransomware creators use this encrypted information as leverage, that allows them to blackmail their victims. They request a ransom from the victims in return for the special decryption key, which they hold in their servers. If the users want to access their files again, they are prompted to make an immediate payment to a given cryptocurrency wallet.

The .Peta file encryption

.Peta’s files appear only once the encryption is complete. They are easily discernible from normal extension by the “double” extension they have (see the picture below).

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The .Peta virus as seen by the encryption.

The security experts recommend that the victims of Ransomware always look for alternatives means of restoring their information before resorting to the ransom. The reason is because, the more people agree to pay, the more common this type of Internet money extortion would become among the crooks, and they will continue to develop and spread more Ransomware infections with the aim of extorting more money. That’s why our suggestion is that you first check for some other methods which may help you avoid giving your hard-earned money to the hackers. For instance, you can take a look at our list of free decryptors, or go through our tips on how to get back some of your files from system backups. You can find those instructions in the second part of the removal guide below, but before you give them a try, make sure you remove Peta first, by completing the following removal steps. This is important in order to gain control over your device, and stop the hackers from exploiting it for their malicious actions.


Name Peta
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 [banner_table_recovery]
Detection Tool

 Peta Virus Removal

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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).

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

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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.

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    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:

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    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:

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    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.

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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!

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    How to Decrypt Peta 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!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.


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