Petrwrap Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Recovery)

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

The newly discovered Petrwrap Ransomware Ransomware virus is a real nightmare for any computer. It can sneak inside the system in a stealthy way and secretly apply a special file encryption to all the documents, work files, images, and nice data that you keep there. What you can expect from this malicious program after it encrypts your files is to place a ransom note on your screen and to start to blackmail you. The hackers, who stand behind Petrwrap Ransomware, will ask you to pay ransom in exchange for a decryption key, which can reverse the encryption that keeps them hostage. But is this really the only solution to save your files? And what if you don’t want to pay some anonymous cyber-criminals? In the next lines, our “How to remove” team will offer you an alternative, which may be worth checking out. There is a removal guide below, which contains some instructions on how to detect and remove Petrwrap Ransomware and how to save some of your data from the encryption. Using the instructions is absolutely free and may possiblly help you minimize the negative effects of the Ransomware on your system.

How can you get infected with this Ransomware cryptovirus?

The specific methods of spreading Petrwrap Ransomware are numerous. This cryptovirus can be distributed through malicious email attachments, fake software updates or downloads, infected links, infected ads, social network or file sharing sites or others. Cyber criminals use different methods to perform a successful attack they often may use a Trojan horse for that. So if you do not want to fall victim to Petrwrap Ransomware or another Ransomware encryption virus, you should be careful when browsing the web. Avoid clicking dubious links and ads, do not surf on dangerous sites, and always choose trusted sources to install software and downloads. Moreover, remember that the malware may appear in your inbox as a legitimate message and a safe-looking document. So be careful!

Petrwrap Ransomware Virus Removal


 

Step1

Restoring basic Windows functionality
Before you are able to remove the Petrwrap ransomware virus from your computer you need to be able to access it in the first place. Since the ransomware will prevent Windows from booting itself your first job is to repair the Master Boot Records (MBR) of your drive.
To do that you’ll need your original Windows OS DVD (or an USB bootable drive for advanced users)
  1. Insert the DVD (or the USB) into the computer, then run the computer and choose to boot the OS from the DVD/USB. You may have to change Windows boot priorities from the bios by pressing Del

  2. When Windows boots from the DVD/USB select Windows Repair

  3. Open the Command Prompt and write the following commands inside:     enter: bootrec / fixmbr, bootrec / fixboot and bootrec / rebuildbcd

  4. Your Windows OS should now be able to boot normally. You can proceed with the removal of the virus as usual.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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. 

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.

Step3

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Petrwrap Ransomware 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!

How can Petrwrap Ransomware blackmail you?

Being attacked by a Ransomware infection, especially an advanced one like Petrwrap Ransomware can cause you a lot of trouble. Mainly, it can deprive you of accessing your data and make you enter into an uneven deal with the hackers, who control the malware. These anonymous cyber criminals use the cryptovirus as a tool that can secretly apply a special encryption algorithm to your most frequently used data (such as important documents, photos, audio and video files, and more). This encryption cannot be decrypted with anything else than a special decryption key. That key, however, is in the hands of the hackers and the victims are asked to pay a huge amount of money in ransom to get it. A ransom note usually reveals Petrwrap Ransomware directly on the screen of the victims and gives them a very short period of time to pay the required ransom. If they delay or do not make a payment, they may not be able to retrieve any of their encrypted files.

Even if the required ransom is not huge, we generally do not recommend paying it. Such course of action only leads to more encouragement for the hackers to continue with their nasty blackmail scheme. The more people pay, the more profitable the creation and distribution of Ransomware infections becomes. On the other hand, even if you strictly fulfill all of the ransom demands, there is still no guarantee for the successful restoration of your files. The decryption key may fail to reverse the encryption and you may end up paying a huge amount of money for a solution that doesn’t work. The hackers will surely not return your money in such case and there is nothing you can do about it.

So, what we can suggest as an alternative is to check your cloud storage, external drives or other devices for some copies of your files and recover them from there. If you do not have backups, try the file-restorations options in the guide below. Indeed, they can’t promise you a complete recovery, because Petrwrap Ransomware can delete the Shadow Volume Copies that are important to recovering the files. However, giving them a try won’t do any harm and may only help you extract something. But first, it is very important to remove the malware because if you keep it there, any file you manage to recover may get encrypted again. It is highly recommended to use the removal instructions published below to make sure you eliminate all of the Ransomware traces before you attempt to recover something.

SUMMARY:

Name Petrwrap
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 We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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