Remove Ppam Ransomware (+.Ppam File Recovery) Feb. 2019 Update

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

Download SpyHunter Anti-Malware

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

How irritating is this problem? (5 votes, average: 4.80)

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

Ppam is a recently detected Ransomware infection, which may cause you a lot of trouble. In case that you get infected with it, this threat may prevent you from accessing your most needed files and then blackmail you in a ruthless way in order to extort money from you in exchange for the files’ liberation. As a typical representative of the Ransomware cryptovirus subcategory, Ppam can secretly scan your entire system and detect your most frequently used file types in order to encrypt them with a complex algorithm which immediately makes them inaccessible. The malware then asks a fixed amount of money every time you try to open or use any of the encrypted files and prompts you to issue a ransom payment to a given crypto-wallet. The hackers behind Ppam typically promise to send you a secret decryption key in exchange for your money but they may also threaten you that if you don’t fulfill all of their ransom demands, they will destroy that key and will leave your data encrypted for good.

Unfortunately, such nasty Ransomware infections happen in a very sneaky way and, so far, there are not many methods that can prove effective when it comes to dealing with the consequences of the attack. In some cases, you may be able to successfully remove the malware from the computer but the future of the sealed files is never guaranteed if you don’t have a full data backup source. Paying the ransom is a risky course of action which may not liberate the much-needed files even if you fulfill all the hackers’ demands of sending them the requested money sum. That’s why, instead of risking your money, our suggestion for you is to take a close look at the alternatives that our “How to remove” team has assembled in the removal guide below. There, you will find some file-restoration and Ransomware removal instructions as well as some helpful tips about protection and prevention.

One of the last things that the hackers behind Ppam want you to do is to research what alternative options for the recovery of your files may be available. That’s why, the moment Ppam encrypts your data, the crooks immediately display a ransom-demanding note that gives you a short deadline to pay the money and get back your files. In many cases, the panic and frustration of the victims work in favor of the criminals and they get richer and richer with every victim that agrees to pay in despair to save the encrypted data. However, all the reputed security experts, including our “How to remove” team, strongly advise against this course of action. Not only can you not really trust the hackers because there is absolutely no guarantee that their key will actually work, but also there are enough cases where the criminals simply disappear without sending any decryption solution in return for the ransom money. For this reason, we believe that alternative options such as personal backup sources, removal guides, professional Ransomware removal tools or system backup extraction tips are worth your attention as they may sometimes have a better chance of helping you remove the infection and recover at least some of your files.


Name Ppam
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

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!

 Remove Ppam Ransomware


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).



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. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

Drag and Drop Files Here to Scan
Maximum file size: 128MB.

This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at: https://howtoremove.guide/online-virus-scanner/

Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result

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.


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:


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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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!


How to Decrypt Ppam files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

Leave a Comment