How to Remove .Puma Virus Ransomware (+.Puma File Recovery)


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

Most PC users ave some kind of valuable data stored on their computer. It could be personal files or work-related documents or something else similar. Such important and valuable data is what is the main target of the Ransomware cryptovirus category of malicious programs. This particular malware type is all about locking up all potentially important files on its victim’s PC and keeping them inaccessible via a special encryption in order to later blackmail the user into making a ransom payment to the hackers who are in control of the virus. Now, this is actually not the only type of Ransomware. There are also other forms of Ransomware subcategories such as, for example, the Ransomware screen-lockers that, instead of targeting the files of their victims, go directly for their screen. They usually put a big banner on the screen and in this way cover the whole system interface thus preventing the victim from interacting with their machine in any way.

.Puma Virus File

However, as scary as this might sound, it’s actually not that problematic when compared to what the cryptovirus Ransomware subcategory is capable of. This sub-type of Ransomware really is one of the most advanced malware forms that you could encounter and there are oftentimes no reliable ways or methods of dealing with such infections. This is why it is always better to ensure that your machine stays protected against them. However, since those viruses are also really sneaky and difficult to detect and stop on time, each day thousands upon thousands of users get their files encrypted by such nasty malware pieces. Here, in this article, we are about to tell you more about .Puma – this is a Ransomware virus that has been released fairly recently but the number of people that have fallen prey to it is already quite considerable.

How to Remove .Puma Virus Ransomware


 

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:

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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.

Step4

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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 .Puma files

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

In case you are also one of those unfortunate users who have their data rendered inaccessible by .Puma’s encryption, then you are advised to stay with us until the end of this write-up as at the bottom of it, you’d find a detailed removal guide manual for this virus with included data-restoration tips that might help some of you recover some of the sealed files. Before that, however, we ought to give you some more information about .Puma and the Ransomware cryptovirus category in general so that you’d have a better idea about what you’re actually dealing with.

The Ransom note and what other options there are

As soon as all selected files have been encrypted by the insidious piece of malware, the virus would generate a note on your screen where you’d be presented with a ransom demand. A certain sum of money would be requested and if you pay them, you’d supposedly get send a special decryption key that would allow you to regain your access to the locked-up data files. Normally, detailed instructions would be provided within the note on exactly how to carry out the ransom transaction so as to make sure that the money reaches the blackmailer. Now, many of you who are faced with such a Ransomware-related issue might be considering going for the payment and getting it over with. However, you should really take a moment and think about whether this really is the best option. Remember, here, we are talking about hackers and cyber-criminals, people that you cannot trust and people that are in no way obliged to keep their promise and send you the needed key. Many users have made the mistake of immediately paying only to find out that their money has been wasted for nothing as no decryption key has been received. Of course, in many other cases the promise is kept and the user is send the key but are you willing to take that chance without first trying any other possible alternatives? As we already mentioned, there is a guide on this page that might help you deal with .Puma and remove it from your PC and while we cannot promise you that this would be enough to bring your files back, it’s still worth the try and we advise you to first complete the guide before you go for anything else.

Distribution of Ransomware

Remember that viruses such as .Puma have many ways of reaching their victims. Such a virus could get send to you by a spam e-mail, it could get distributed through misleading and malicious online adverts or it might be added to pirated and illegally distributed programs that some users might download willingly. Backdoor Trojan Horses are also a really commonly used tool for spreading Ransomware threats the likes of .Puma. In order to keep your machine clean, you really need to be on your guard when browsing the Internet and keep your distance from anything that looks sketchy. Also, never forget to backup any data which is important to you – always have a spare copy of your most important files somewhere safe where a Ransomware virus would not be able to reach them.

SUMMARY:

Name .Puma
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms In most cases there would be no symptoms aside from maybe potentially increased RAM and CPU usage.
Distribution Method Unsafe ads, attachments to spam messages, obscure and illegal sites, backdoor Trojan Horses, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
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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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