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Perl ransomware virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Ransomware

Perl virus is the new Bart ransomware variant

Perl virus seems to be the third version of Bart ransomware, which follows the most recent one – Bart v2.0 ransomware. Just like its predecessor, it encrypts files with RSA-4096 cipher and adds certain file extensions, in this case – .perl file extensions, and this is where the name of this ransomware comes from. The entire functionality of the new version hardly differs from the second ransomware version, which means that PERL virus can encrypt over 140 different file types. The ransom note it saves on the computer is called recover.txt, and it places a .bmp image file instead of previous desktop wallpaper. The behavior and ransom notes left by this virus remind us of one of the most infamous computer viruses – Locky. This virus asks to use Tor browser to access provided URLs and go to the payment site. As we have entered that site, we saw that it suggests buying Bart Decryptor. 

Questions about Perl ransomware virus

Unfortunately, but it seems that files encrypted by Perl ransomware cannot be decrypted without the unique decryption key. If you have been hit by this crypto-ransomware, you probably know that it demands to pay a ransom in order to get this decryption key, but we strongly recommend you not to do so. .Perl file extension virus might be an upgraded version of Bart, but that does not mean that it is a better version of the virus. Cyber security researchers might be able to find a decryption tool one day, so be patient. Meanwhile, remove Perl ransomware by running a system scan with anti-malware software, for instance, Reimage. To recover the encrypted data, use a data backup, or, if you do not have it, follow data recovery instructions presented below this article. For successful Perl removal, use instructions presented below and deactivate the virus first; otherwise, it might not be possible to start the malware removal tool. Screenshot of Perl virus

How did you manage to download this virus on to the system?

Perl ransomware spreads in an indirect way. It cannot be downloaded from the Internet freely. Typically, it aways for victims in software bundles, malicious websites or deceptive email attachments. Nowadays, ransomware can hide in a safe-looking PDF, Word or ZIP file, so viruses no longer need to be sent in the form of EXE files. It goes without saying that it is much easier to get your computer infected with ransomware since it can hide in safe-looking files. That is why we always recommend computer users to install reputable anti-malware programs that can prevent malware infiltration. For your safety, do not open emails that come from unknown people and do not enable Macros function in case someone sends you a document that contains a scrambled text.

Ways to remove Perl ransomware

If your PC has been affected by this virus, do not let it stay on the system. Since files cannot be recovered, you should remove Perl virus as soon as possible (of course, unless you plan to pay the ransom). We strongly recommend you not to give your money to cyber criminals, because they might not help you to recover data. Besides, if you have a data backup, you can recover them for free. Just complete Perl removal and then plug in the backup drive into the computer.

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To remove Perl virus, follow these steps:

Remove Perl using Safe Mode with Networking

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Perl

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Perl removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Perl using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Perl. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Perl removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Perl from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

At the moment, there is no way to decrypt .perl files for free. If you choose so, you can buy the decryption software from cyber criminals; however, we highly recommend you not to do so. It is unlikely that crooks are willing to provide the decryption software to you, so we believe that it is better to keep your money to yourself. If you do not have data backup to restore your files, you can try these tools:

If your files are encrypted by Perl, you can use several methods to restore them:

Restore data with Data Recovery Pro

Files infected with Bart 3? If you do not have the decryption key, you should try to restore your files with the help of Data Recovery Pro. If this tool cannot decrypt your files now, it might be able to do that in the future. Don’t lose your patience and try later on again!

 

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by Perl ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Perl and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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