PGP Virus


PGP is a ransomware cryptovirus that restricts access to its victim’s most important files by applying an almost unbreakable encryption algorithm to them. The purpose of PGP is to compel you to send money to its criminal creators in order to regain access to your information.

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The PGP Virus will display this message when it is finished with the encryption of your files.

Currently, among the various kinds of Internet threats, ransomware-based infections to which PGP, Usam and Tabe belong are very common. Users can encounter such threats in literally every corner of the web. Ransomware is successfully distributed with the help of Trojan horse infections, spam messages, malicious advertisements, misleading links, different click-bait, torrents, cracked software installers and many other transmitters. All it takes to get infected is to click on the malicious payload and you won’t even know it until after a while a scary ransom notification is displayed on your screen.

The goal of the ransomware, once it gets inside the computer is simple: it seeks to extort money from the victims by restricting access to their digital data through encryption. The fact that there is no universal way to tackle this danger until it has already compromised the computer and encrypted the targeted data is one of the most critical factors that contributes to the success of this virus group.

Unfortunately, even the latest and most up-to-date antivirus solutions can do little against the Ransomware’s encryption after it has been applied to the victim’s files. In fact, many conventional antivirus tools appear to fail to detect the Ransomware even before that. This may be partly because the encryption process does not directly damage or corrupt the user files or anything on the computer.

The PGP virus

The PGP virus is an extortionist malware tool that uses data encryption to makes most of the files of its victims unavailable. The PGP virus is commonly distributed via bogus online ads, fake pop-ups and spam messages.

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The PGP Virus woll encrypt your file with this extension rendering them unusable.

A popular way to get Ransomware inside your computer is through another malware program called a backdoor Trojan. If such a Trojan has compromised your computer without your knowledge and you have failed to detect and remove it in time, at some point, you may figure out that your system has been loaded with ransomware, spyware and a bunch of other viruses. This is because backdoor Trojans often work together with other groups of malware in order to sneak them inside as many computers as possible.

The PGP file encryption

The PGP file encryption is a process that makes sure that no files on your computer are accessible without a decryption key. The PGP file decryption key is different for each attacked computer and is available in exchange for a ransom payment.

The criminal’s goal is clearly to get you to pay the ransom. If you do so, however, there is no guarantee that you will really receive a decryption key or whatever file-recovery solution from the crooks. Therefore, a much more sensible approach is to try some alternatives. A good starting point is the removal guide below where you will find instructions on how to remove PGP, as well as some file-restoration suggestions.  Although they may not work in all cases, they are safe to try and will cost you nothing.


Name PGP
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 Not Available
Detection Tool

PGP Ransomware 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 Enter. Once 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 PGP 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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