How to remove Petya virus

Is ransomware really that dangerous

Petya virus is file-encrypting ransomware. Ransomware usually manages to invade computers using spam emails or dangerous downloads, and this one likely used the same methods. File-encrypting malicious software is a very damaging piece of malware as it encrypts data, and requests that you pay to get them back. Malware analysts might be able to create a free decoding key or if you have backup, you might recover your files from there. You ought to know, however, that if those two options are unavailable, data loss would be inevitable. Paying the ransom will not necessarily result in file decryption so take that into account if you are thinking about paying. Hackers already locked your files, what is stopping them from becoming even more nasty by not decoding your data after payment. We would advise that you terminate Petya virus instead of complying with the demands.

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How does file-encoding malware behave

If you recently opened an email attachment that’s where you could have acquired the contamination. Adjoining a contaminated file to an email and sending it to hundreds or even thousands of users is all that has to be done by malware creators in order to infect. As soon as the file attached is opened, the file-encrypting malware will download onto the OS. If you open all emails and attachments you receive, you might be putting your device at risk. Learn the signs of a dangerous email, like grammatical errors and Dear Sir or Mada, used instead of your name. No matter how real the email can seem, be careful of senders who urge you to open the attachment. Just be careful when dealing with email attachments and guarantee they are non-dangerous before you open them. When you download from non-legitimate web pages, you might also be opening your PC for ransomware. Only rely on legitimate portals with legitimate downloads.

Shortly upon entering, the file-encoding malicious software will begin encrypting your data. Your images, documents and other data will be unopenable. A ransom note will then become visible, and it ought to inform you about what has happened. The note will declare that payments is required so as to recover your files. When dealing with hackers, there are zero reassurances about how they will act. So by paying, you might just be giving away money in exchange for nothing. There aren’t any guarantees that you’ll be sent a decryption key if you pay. There is a chance that by giving into their demands you will lose your money and not get back your files. If backing up files was something you did frequently, you might just delete Petya virus and proceed to recover the data. If you do not have backup, it would be smarter to buy reputable backup after you uninstall Petya virus.

How to remove Petya virus

If you wish to safely abolish Petya virus, you will need to obtain anti-malware software. By hand Petya virus termination is pretty hard so if you’re inexperienced, you could end up damaging your OS further. We ought to note, however, that the security software will not decode your files, it will only abolish Petya virus

Download Removal Toolto remove Petya virus

* WiperSoft scanner, available at this website, only works as a tool for virus detection. More data on WiperSoft. To have WiperSoft in its full capacity, to use removal functionality, it is necessary to acquire its full version. In case you want to uninstall WiperSoft, click here.


Learn how to remove Petya virus from your computer

Step 1. Remove Petya virus using Safe Mode with Networking.

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
  2. Press F8 multiple times until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking win7-safe-mode How to remove Petya virus
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win8-restart How to remove Petya virus
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win8-option-restart How to remove Petya virus
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win8-startup How to remove Petya virus

b) Step 2. Remove Petya virus.

Launch your browser and download a trustworthy anti-malware program. Scan your computer with it and have it remove any malicious files it can find. If for some reason you cannot get rid of the ransomware this way, try the following methods.

Step 2. Remove Petya virus using System Restore

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
  2. Press F8 multiple times until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-safe-mode How to remove Petya virus
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win8-restart How to remove Petya virus
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win8-option-restart How to remove Petya virus
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win8-startup How to remove Petya virus

b) Step 2. Restore files and settings.

  1. Enter cd restore in the window that appears and press Enter.
  2. Enter rstrui.exe and press Enter. command-promt-restore How to remove Petya virus
  3. Press Next in the window that appears. system-restore-point How to remove Petya virus
  4. Select the restore point and press Next. system-restore-list How to remove Petya virus
  5. Read the warning carefully and press Yes.
We would still recommend that you download a reputable anti-malware software and scan your computer. If any leftover malicious files were left, the program would find it.

Step 3. Recover your data

If prior to the infection you did not make backup copies to your files, you might be able to recover them by using one of the following methods.

a) Using Data Recovery Pro to recover encrypted files.

  1. Download the program from a reliable source, install and launch it.
  2. Scan your computer for encrypted files. data-recovery-pro-scan How to remove Petya virus
  3. Restore them, if possible. data-recovery-pro-scan-2 How to remove Petya virus

b) Recover files via Windows Previous Versions

If you had System Restore enabled, you can recover files via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Right-click on an encrypted file.
  2. Properties → Previous versions. file-prev-version How to remove Petya virus
  3. Select the version you want and click Restore.

c) Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

Some more advanced ransomware deletes shadow copies, which your operating system creates automatically in case your system was to crash. Not all ransomware does this, and you might get lucky.
  1. Go to shadowexplorer.com and download the Shadow Explore program.
  2. Install and then open it.
  3. Select the disk with encrypted files in the drop down menu. shadowexplorer How to remove Petya virus
  4. If folders appear and you want to restore them, select Export.

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