Piny 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. 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\u2019s 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\u2019t 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\u2019s 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. SUMMARY: Name Piny Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by 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 Detection Tool Remove Piny Ransomware Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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: If there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" -\u00a0write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Go in\u00a0Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.\u00a0Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name.\u00a0 Search for the ransomware\u00a0\u00a0in your registries and delete\u00a0the entries. Be extremely careful - \u00a0you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added.\u00a0Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! \u00a0 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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!