Petwrap Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Recovery)

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

A big mistake that a lot of users tend to make is underestimating just how dangerous and harmful malware viruses can be. One particular example is the infamous type of Ransomware programs/cryptoviruses. Most examples that fall under this category would have the ability to prevent their victim from opening any of their personal files and later pressure the user into making a ransom payment if they want the access to the sealed-up data restored. The usual method for locking the documents that Ransomware uses is called file encryption and down below, you will learn more about this sneaky technique. The primary reason why we have written this article is to inform you about a recently released Ransomware virus – the highly advanced Petwrap Ransomware. If you happen to be one of its many victims, it is essential that you continue reading the following lines so as to obtain as much information about it as you can. In fact, even if the virus hasn’t infected you computer, it is still a good idea to see what the next few paragraphs have to offer, since the info provided below can go a long way towards helping you make your PC and files safer and better secured.

Ransomware characteristics

There are a couple of aspects and factors that play a big role in making this sort of malware so dangerous and problematic.

  • The first important thing that users must be aware of is the fact that detecting a cryptovirus the likes of Petwrap Ransomware using an antivirus program might not always be possible. In fact, a lot of system protection tools seem to fail at dealing with Ransomware threats due to their inability to detect this sort of malware programs. The main reason for that mostly has to do with the fact that the encryption process employed by the malware is not going to actually harm anything on the PC or the actual PC system. Due to this, a lot of security programs might actually regard a Ransomware program and its encryption process as something dangerous and unwanted. That way, in the majority of instances, the insidious piece of malware would be able to successfully carry-out its task without being interrupted whatsoever.
  • One additional factor which makes it even harder to spot Ransomware is the fact that most of the time there aren’t very many symptoms that could give away the ongoing infection. Some lucky and vigilant users might notice an increase of the HDD space that is being used on their PC as well as slight RAM and CPU spikes but this is oftentimes pretty much unnoticeable, especially if the infected PC is a powerful one.
  • The third characteristic of a typical Ransomware attack is that you won’t get your files back by simply removing the malware piece. Further action must be undertaken in order to unlock the sealed files before they can be accessed again. At the bottom of this article, we have prepared an instructional guide that will show you how to both remove the virus and also how you can possibly recover your files. Know, however, that the data restoration techniques that we can offer you are not guaranteed to work in all instances of infection by Ransomware. That being said, it is essential that you try every option available before even thinking about the ransom payment. After all, you must ask yourself whether it is a good idea to send money to an anonymous cyber-criminal in hopes that they would agree to restore the files that they have locked in the first place.

 

Petwrap Ransomware Virus Removal


 

Step1

Restoring basic Windows functionality
Before you are able to remove the Petwrap 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. 

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

If for some reason it doesn't remove parasite, go to "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> "Select Problem Type" -----> "Unremoved Parasit.e"

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

malware-start-taskbar

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 Petwrap 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!

Defending your computer and documents

There’s one last thing that we must address before we move on to the removal manual and that thing is how you can ensure that your computer doesn’t get infected by any more Ransomware cryptoviruses such as Petwrap Ransomware in future. The most crucial elements of maintaining a safe and clean PC are awareness and common sense when browsing the Internet. Users must learn to avoid anything that could be a potential threat. Some common examples are shady and unreliable sites, junkmail e-mails, misleading adverts and web-offers, spam social network messages, etc. Be sure that you stay as far away as possible ftom any of those or else you might indeed land some nasty malware infection. Another thing worth mentioning is that an antivirus program could still be useful against Ransomware since it will keep your computer protected against Trojans – a very popular cryptovirus- distribution tool that many online criminals use. Lastly, never forget to have all important and valuable data saved on a backup location where no Ransomware can reach it – this is one of the most effective and easiest to implement measures against this sort of malware.

SUMMARY:

Name Petwrap
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms A slight increase in the consumption of RAM, CPU time and free disk space might be an indication of a Ransomware infection
Distribution Method Backdoor viruses like Trojans, harmful spam messages/e-mails, deceitful ads and banners throughout the pages of unreliable and illegal websites, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.