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Petwrap Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Recovery)

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Welcome to our Petwrap Ransomware removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC for free.

Information about Petwrap Ransomware

The Petwrap Ransomware cryptovirus has very destructive consequences and should be avoided at all costs. This threat could cause a serious damage to the computer’s system, and more precisely on all the files, found on it. Once it comes inside of it, the infection operates as a typical Ransomware. Initially, Petwrap Ransomware has no signs and silently infiltrates your system by checking all system folders and finds target files, which are then encrypted with a very complex and serious algorithm. It also has the ability to place a new file encryption to every encrypted file, so that the victim cannot have access to it. Unfortunately, the encrypted data cannot be opened in any way and becomes completely unusable. How can you deal with the consequences of such an infection and how to eventually overcome them with minimal losses is what we are going to try to explain you in the next lines. For that purpose, we have prepared a special removal guide, which contains detailed instructions for the removal of the Ransomware and some file-restoration tips. Make sure you read everything if you are interested in eliminating Petwrap Ransomware and let us know if you have any questions.

The Ransom demands…

Petwrap Ransomware is known as a complex Ransomware virus and currently, there are very few options that can help you with the decrypting of the files, encoded with it. This malware is basically developed to take them hostage and blackmail you for a ransom. Some anonymous cyber-criminals stand behind this scheme and they may use various manipulative techniques to make you fulfill their demands. When the virus manages to encrypt all of the data, found on the infected machine, it usually generates a ransom note, which contains a brief tutorial on how to recover the encrypted files by purchasing a special decryption key. The not contains a message that normally says something like this:

“All important files on your computer are encrypted. To decrypt them, you must send an “X” amount of Bitcoin to an “X”  Address in order to receive a decryption key.”

As you see, the virus wants you to pay money to get your files back. Obviously, this is a form of extortion and you should not obey! Instead, we recommend removing the Ransomware as soon as possible. Although fraudsters promise to give you information on how to decrypt your data if you pay a ransom, you do not have to believe them – we know of cases where criminals want victims to pay more money after an initial payment has been made. Better keep your money and use it for better. Also, we would like to draw attention to the fact that this is a complex program and is not easy to remove, so we recommend the use of good anti-malware software or the manual instructions in the removal guide below.

Distribution methods

Our analyses show that Petwrap Ransomware is distributed mainly through infected emails and spam that are supposed to deliver documents or some other attachments and files to the users. Regardless of the type of content that the email contains, do not open it unless you are sure it is safe. Remember that fraudsters send thousands of letters containing malicious files called “Scan / invoice / bill / fine / payment / prize / report” and so on, which seem to be true at first glance. However, you should always check whether you should receive such an email and whether it really comes from the company that the sender claims to be working on. We recommend that you carefully review the sender’s email and if in doubt, check the reliability of the sender by contacting the company through their official site. Do not open such dummy letters, especially files related to them, because they can bring you devastating consequences. Also, be careful when downloading some stuff from the web and installing new software or clicking on various good looking offers. All in all – be careful not to be sorry!

How to remove the Petwrap Ransomware cryptovirus?

If your computer has been affected by this Ransomware, it is highly advisable not to waste time wondering about the ransom, but to remove it immediately. By doing this, you will save your computer from a nasty infection. However, we need to warn you that the encryption, which Petwrap Ransomware has applied, may not be removed when the malware is gone. This means, that if you want to get your files back you may need to use some other methods to recover it. The good old file backups are the best option, but if you don’t have any, feel free to use the instructions in the removal guide below. Unfortunately, we cannot promise you miracles when it comes to the recovery of a Ransomware attack like Petwrap Ransomware, but giving a try to everything that is available for free is surely better than sponsoring some criminals.

Petwrap Ransomware Virus Removal

 Here is what you need to do in order to remove a Ransomware virus from you computer.

Restoring basic Windows functionality
Before you are able to remove the Petwrap Ransomware Virus from your computer you need to be able to access it in the first place. Since the ransomware will prevent Windows from booting itself your first job is to repair the Master Boot Records (MBR) of your drive.
 
To do that you’ll need your original Windows OS DVD (or an USB bootable drive for advanced users)
  1. Insert the DVD (or the USB) into the computer, then run the computer and choose to boot the OS from the DVD/USB. You may have to change Windows boot priorities from the bios by pressing Del
  2. When Windows boots from the DVD/USB select Windows Repair
  3. Open the Command Prompt and write the following commands inside:     enter: bootrec / fixmbr, bootrec / fixboot and bootrec / rebuildbcd
  4. Your Windows OS should now be able to boot normally. You can proceed with the removal of the virus as usual.

I – Reveal Hidden files and folders and utilize the task manager

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  1. Use the Folder Options in order to reveal the hidden files and folders on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, follow this link.
  2. Open the Start Menu and in the search field type Task Manager.
  3. Open the first result and in the Processes tab, carefully look through the list of Processes.
  4. If you notice with the virus name or any other suspicious-looking or that seems to consume large amounts of memory, right-click on it and open its file location. Delete everything in there.

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  1. Go back to the Task Manager and end the shady process.

II – Boot to Safe Mode

III – Identify the threat

  1. Go to the ID Ransomware website. Here is a direct link.
  2. Follow there in order to identify the specific virus you are dealing with.

IV – Decrypt your files

  1. Once you have identified the virus that has encrypted your files, you must acquire the respective tool to unlock your data.
  2. Open your browser and search for how to decrypt ransomware, look for the name of the one that has infected your system.
  3. With any luck, you’d be able to find a decryptor tool for your ransomware. If that doesn’t happen try Step V as a last ditch effort to save your files.

V – Use Recuva to restore files deleted by the virus

  1. Download the Recuva tool. This will help you restore your original files so that you won’t need to actually decrypt the locked ones.
  2. Once you’ve downloaded the program, open it and select Next.
  3. Now choose the type of files you are seeking to restore and continue to the next page.
  4. When asked where your files were, before they got deleted, either use the option In a specific location and provide that location or choose the opt for the I am not sure alternative – this will make the program look everywhere on your PC.
  5. Click on Next and for best results, enable the Deep Scan option (note that this might take some time).
  6. Wait for the search to finish and then select which of the listed files you want to restore.

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