Remove PewDiePie Ransomware Virus (March 2019 Update)


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

PewDiePie Ransomware is one of the latest Ransomware infections which circulates around the web. The reason you are now on this page is probably because you have had the misfortune of having your files encrypted by its secret algorithm. If this is the case and you are wondering what to do, in the next lines, you will find instructions on how to detect and remove the malware from your system in order to make your PC safe again as well as some suggestions on how to recover some of the encrypted files. Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that all of your files will be returned, however, we advise you to try our methods below before proceeding to more radical measures.

So, what is PewDiePie Ransomware and how does it operate?

PewDiePie Ransomware is a typical representative of the Ransomware family which can secretly infect the victim’s system and encode the most valuable files in it. Upon completion of the file-encryption process, the virus places on the infected machine’s desktop a notification regarding what has just happened to your personal files. Inside this notification, you are given an ultimatum – either you pay a ransom to the hackers and they allow you to regain the access to the sealed files or you lose the access to your data forever.

The most likely distribution methods used by Ransomware threats like this one are fake malicious advertisements which usually appear like completely ordinary-looking and harmless online ads, banners or pop-up messages. Another very common method of infecting unsuspecting users is different kinds and forms of online spam. There are still many people who tend to fall for this very old and well-known malware distribution technique. In most cases, the malware is included in the spam message under the guise of some seemingly harmless attachment file. In other instances, it is a Trojan virus that has already entered the PC that allows the Ransomware to get automatically activated in the targeted machine and then encrypt the files. The encoding process typically begins immediately after the cryptovirus enters the computer.

How to deal with PewDiePie Ransomware?

Despite the fact that it is extremely rare for the Ransomware victims to spot the infection on time, before the encryption has been fully completed, it may still happen in some cases. This is because the file-encrypting process, especially if you have many files and your processor is not one of the most powerful, requires a large amount of system resources and also some time to complete. Therefore, in some cases, this can lead to a significant slowdown of the computer, which can and should make you suspicious. However, in most of the cases, there are no particular symptoms, which is why a lot of victims get caught by surprise and tend to get panicked.

Pay or not pay the ransom?

If you ask us, we do not believe that immediately paying some anonymous crooks a certain amount of money is the best way to approach this problem. And while the decision is entirely yours, we need to warn you that fulfilling the ransom demands of the hackers may still not make your computer safe for use in the future and does not guarantee the full recovery of your data. If you remove the Ransomware, however, you will clean your PC and may have a chance to use your file backups safely or try some alternative ways of restoring your data which do not involve the payment of a ransom requested by anonymous Internet crooks.

SUMMARY:

Name PewDiePie
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

Remove PewDiePie Ransomware Virus


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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.
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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 PewDiePie 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!


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