Piny Virus

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Piny is a file-encrypting infection that can restrict access to user files and demand a ransom payment for their liberation. Created by anonymous cybercriminals, Piny is malicious software used to extort money from web users, big and small businesses, and different organizations.

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The Piny Virus will encrypt your files

Ransomware viruses have become the most terrible threat that one can face online and, sadly, nobody can stop them at the moment. Every day new variants are developed causing millions of infections with the sole aim to extort money from unsuspecting web users. Piny is one of the newest versions of Ransomware and it terrorizes users by encrypting their most valuable files. We have recently received a number of complaints from people infected by this terrible threat and most of them want us to help them remove the malware and provide them with a possible solution for the encrypted files. That’s why we would like to, first and foremost, explain the concept of ransomware so that you can get a clear understanding of how it operates. And then we will provide those who need a workaround for the Piny virus with a comprehensive removal guide and some file recovery suggestions.

The Piny virus

The Piny virus is a money extortion virus designed to encrypt valuable user information and keep it hostage for a ransom. The Piny virus typically demands a money transfer from its victims by displaying a ransom message on their screen.

The main reason why threats such as Piny, Nbes, Redl are considered so dangerous is that it is very difficult to crack their file encryption code. Basically, this is possible only with the help of a special decryption key which is kept in secret by the hackers who stay behind the infection. To obtain that key, the victims are asked to pay a ransom and are typically threatened that if they don’t transfer the required money within a given deadline, the decryption key will be destroyed and the encrypted files will remain inaccessible forever. The crooks that control the Ransomware usually place a threatening ransom-demanding message on the screen of the infected computer and provide concrete ransom payment instructions.

The Piny file encryption

The Piny file encryption is a process that converts user files into unreadable bits of data through the application of a secret file-encryption code. The Piny file encryption process typically happens in stealth and has no visible symptoms which can give it away.

The file encryption by itself is not a harmful activity but a commonly used method for data protection. And because no damage is caused to the files or the system and there is nothing that gets corrupted, stolen, or destroyed, most security programs do not to report the file-encrypting process that’s taking place in the background.

Luckily, certain alternative ways to possibly recover your information exist. That’s why we do not recommend that victims of Piny pay the ransom to the hackers before they give a try to some of those alternatives. The file-recovery attempts, however, should not begin unless the ransomware is fully removed from the system. This is critical because, if not removed, the virus can encrypt any recovered files including their backup copies that come in contact with the infected computer. For this reason, the first thing we advise you to do is to delete Piny in a safe and reliable manner and only then give a try to our file-recovery suggestions from the removal guide below.


Name Piny
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.
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Detection Tool

Remove Piny Ransomware

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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 Piny 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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