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Remove Peta ransomware (Virus Removal Guide) - Decryption Methods Included

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Peta ransomware is file locking virus that steals personal information from victims and prevents them from visiting security-related sites

Peta ransomware
Peta ransomware is file locking malware that is also capable of modifying Windows hosts file in order to prevent users from accessing security-related sites

Peta ransomware is a computer virus developed by hackers who are responsible for the release of one of the most notorious file locking malware families in the wild – Djvu/STOP. Ransomware[1] is a devastating type of infection that not only modifies how the Windows system works but also encrypts all personal files located on the local or networked hard drive. To retrieve access to the data, Peta ransomware victims are asked to pay a ransom of $980 or $490 in Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Besides encrypting pictures, videos, music, database, document and appending .peta marker to files, Peta virus also drops a ransom note _readme.txt – the name of the note and the body text does not differ from many other Djvu variants, such as Seto, Gero, Nacro, and many others. Even contact emails gorentos@bitmessage.ch and gerentoshelp@firemail.cc were already used by hackers before.

Peta ransomware, along with dozens of other variants is capable of modifying hosts file that prevents users from accessing cybersecurity sites. After virus termination, victims need to delete this file located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and change all their passwords to ensure no account compromise.

Name Peta ransomware
Type Cryptovirus
Family STOP/Djvu
Ransom note _readme.txt
Contact gorentos@bitmessage.ch or gerentoshelp@firemail.cc
File extension .peta
Ransom size $980 or $490
File decryption Only available via backups, third-party software, or might be possible via paid Dr.Web service
Virus elimination You need to scan your computer with anti-malware software like Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

While previous versions of this notorious ransomware family were in some cases possible to decrypt using a free tool from security researchers, Peta ransomware now possesses improved functionality that prevents the decryptor from working.

Nevertheless, experts[2] advise avoiding paying the ransom, as cybercriminals might scam you or send a malicious executable in return. Besides, you can try using third-party recovery tools after Peta ransomware removal to retrieve at least some of the locked files. We provide all the relevant instructions at the bottom of the article, so make sure you check them out.

Peta ransomware virus
Peta ransomware is cyprovirus that stems from the notorious STOP/Djvu malware family

Peta ransomware can be distributed in a variety of methods, such as:

  • Fake updates;
  • Spam emails;
  • Software cracks;
  • Exploits;
  • Web injects;
  • Remote Desktop;[3]
  • Backdoor, etc.

As soon as Peta ransomware reaches the machine, it locks all files on it and drops the following ransom note which also offers users a test decryption service (another trick to make users provide a false sense of certainty):

ATTENTION!

Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
https://we.tl/t-BDgg6lyvws
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
gorentos@bitmessage.ch

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
gerentoshelp@firemail.cc

Your personal ID:
0160psdfjH7gdfgN3Iu5VrB47SU8KsXTRn3ABZtHaQRmDcc2erQZHp4

Another reason to remove Peta ransomware is due to its functionality – some of the variants are capable of harvesting sensitive data (like login details and banking information), modifying hosts file and even proliferating a secondary payload such as AZORult Trojan. Due to hosts file modification, you will not be able to reach any security-related websites, including 2-spyware.com.

To get rid of Peta virus, you will have to scan your machine with reputable security software Reimage, although other AV applications should be able to take care of the malware as well. After that, you can attempt to recover files using the instructions in the recovery section below.

Peta ransomware encrypted files

User comprehensive protection to ensure no ransomware can compromise your files in the future

Ransomware victims are mostly those who have never been infected with such a devastating virus before – that explains a high infection rate over the world. Many users disregard the security precautions that should be taken to reduce the chance of malware infection to a minimum, as most of the infiltrations are triggered by users themselves, whether it is due to lack of knowledge or negligence.

The first step to a safer machine is adequate applications, such as anti-malware software, ad-blocking apps, as well as Firewall. A subsequent step is to make sure that all the software and the operating system is patched with the latest security updates that prevent vulnerabilities from being used to install the payload automatically.

Finally, users should simply be more careful and critical when browsing the web: never download software cracks, use strong passwords (and never re-use them), never open macro-induced spam email attachments, etc.

Nevertheless, no method is 100% secure, and the infection is still possible. To avoid the treacherous ramifications of ransomware, you should make sure that you backup your most important files either on an external device or a remote virtual drive.

Get rid of Peta ransomware and delete the hosts file to recover from the infection

While most of the ransomware delete themselves as soon as they perform the encryption process on the host computer, Peta virus might leave malicious modules that keep stealing sensitive data and encrypt all the incoming files. Therefore, it is vital to make sure that a full Peta ransomware removal is performed. For that, use powerful anti-malware software to scan your computer thoroughly. If the malware is tampering with your security application, access Safe Mode with Networking – the secure environment will temporarily disable the function of the virus.

Once you remove Peta ransomware, you need to perform the following tasks:

  • Change the passwords of all accounts (make them relatively long and use symbols and capital letters)
  • Check your bank account and make sure no unauthorized transactions were performed; if yes – contact your bank immediately;
  • Go to the following location on your computer: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc. Delete the “hosts” file using admin permissions.

Peta ransomware modifies hosts file
Once you remove Peta file virus, you need to change all your passwords and then delete the hosts file from your OS

Finally, you can attempt to recover .peta locked files. While STOPDecrypter will not work, you can ask Dr.Web for help, employ third-party software, or using Windows Previous Versions feature.

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To remove Peta virus, follow these steps:

Remove Peta using Safe Mode with Networking

The best way to get rid of Peta file virus is by entering Safe Mode with networking and performing a full system scan:

  • 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 Peta

    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 Peta removal.

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

Remove Peta using System Restore

System Restore can also be useful when trying to eliminate the virus:

  • 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 Peta. 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 Peta removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

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

Data Recovery Pro might be able to retrieve at least some of your files

Data Recovery Pro looks for copies of your files on the HDD/SSD and, if space was not overwritten yet, it could recover a healthy and usable file back. If the previous file location was already erased, recovering it will be impossible.

  • 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 Peta ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature might be a solution for you

If you were prepared and had System Restore enabled before Peta ransomware attacked you, you should be able to retrieve each of the files individually by using this method.

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

Make use of ShadowExplorer

In case the cryptovirus failed to delete Shadow Volume Copies you are in luck – ShadowExplorer should retrieve all your files without any problems.

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Make use of Dr.Web decryption service

Dr.Web is a security company that is known to be able to decrypt several variants of STOP/Djvu ransomware. However, the service is not free – the Rescue pack costs €150, and the only type of files that might be restored are MS Office documents and PDF files.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Peta and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

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Linas Kiguolis
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