Is this a serious threat

Petruk ransomware will encrypt your files, because it is ransomware. These kinds of infections are not be taken lightly, as they could result in you losing your data. It is rather easy to get infected, which only adds to why it is so dangerous. People most often get infected through spam emails, malicious ads or fake downloads. Once the data encrypting malicious program is finished encrypting your files, a ransom note will appear, asking for money in exchange for a tool that would supposedly decode your data. You’ll possibly be demanded to pay between tens and thousands of dollars, it depends on what ransomware you have, and how much you value your files. No matter how much you are asked to pay, it is not suggested to comply with the demands. Who’s going to stop cyber crooks from just taking your money, without giving you a decryption tool. There are plenty of accounts of people getting nothing after giving into with the demands. Instead of paying, it would be wiser to invest part of the money into backup. A lot of backup options are available for you, you just need to select the one best matching you. You can restore files from backup if you had it done prior to infection, after you delete Petruk ransomware. These threats are everywhere, so you need to prepare yourself. If you wish to remain safe, you have to become familiar with potential threats and how to guard your system from them.

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How does ransomware spread

Ransomware typically sticks to the basic methods for distribution, such as through questionable sources for downloads, malicious adverts and corrupted email attachments. Nevertheless, it’s possible for ransomware to use more sophisticated methods.

Recall if you have recently opened an attachment from an email which ended up in the spam folder. The contaminated file is added to an email, and then sent out to possible victims. As those emails normally use sensitive topics, like money, many users open them without even thinking about what may occur. The use of basic greetings (Dear Customer/Member), strong encouraging to open the attachment, and many grammatical mistakes are what you need to be caution of when dealing with emails from unknown senders with added files. If the sender was a company of whom you are a client of, they would have automatically inserted your name into the email, instead of a common greeting. You might see company names such as Amazon or PayPal used in those emails, as a known name would make the email appear more authentic. It’s also possible that you engaged with some dangerous advert when on a dubious page, or obtained a file or software from some dubious source. Compromised websites could host infected advertisements so avoid engaging with them. And stick to valid web pages for downloads. You should never get anything, whether it’s programs or updates, from questionable sources, which include advertisements. If an application had to update itself, it wouldn’t notify you through browser, it would either update automatically, or alert you through the software itself.

What happened to your files?

One of the reasons why file encrypting malicious program are considered to be a highly dangerous infection is because it could encrypt your data in a way that makes decryption very unlikely. And it will take minutes, if not seconds, for all your important files to be encoded. All affected files will have a file extension. Strong encryption algorithms will be used to lock your data, which makes decrypting files for free very hard or even impossible. A note with the ransom will then appear on your screen, or will be found in folders containing encoded files, and it should explain everything, or at least try to. You’ll be offered a decoding tool but paying for it is not suggested. If you are expecting the cyber crooks responsible for encrypting your files to provide you a decryptor, you may be disappointed, because there’s little preventing them from just taking your money. Additionally, you would be providing financial support for the future activities of these crooks. These kinds of infections are believe to have made $1 billion in 2016, and such large sums of money will just attract more people who wish to earn easy money. Think about investing the demanded money into reliable backup instead. And your files would not be endangered if this type of threat took over your system again. Erase Petruk ransomware if it’s still present, instead of complying with the requests. And try to avoid such infections in the future.

How to delete Petruk ransomware

For the process of getting rid of the data encoding malicious program from your device, you will need to get malicious threat removal software, if it’s not already present on your device. If you try to manually terminate Petruk ransomware, you may accidentally end up damaging your computer, so we do not encourage proceeding by yourself. If you implement anti-malware software, everything would be done for you, and you wouldn’t unintentionally end up doing more harm. The tool should uninstall Petruk ransomware, if it is still present, as those utilities are made with the purpose of taking care of such threats. Below this report, you will find guidelines to help you, if you are not sure how to proceed. Sadly, those tools cannot help you restore your data, they will merely erase the threat. We ought to say, however, that in certain cases, a free decryptor may be released by malware specialists, if the ransomware may be decrypted.

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Learn how to remove Petruk ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Delete Petruk ransomware via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7-restart Remove Petruk ransomware
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Networking. win7-safe-mode Remove Petruk ransomware
  4. Once your computer loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete Petruk ransomware.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Remove Petruk ransomware
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Startup settings. win-10-startup Remove Petruk ransomware
  3. Go down to Enable Safe Mode and press Restart. win10-safe-mode Remove Petruk ransomware
  4. Once your browser loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete Petruk ransomware.

Step 2. Delete Petruk ransomware via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart win7-restart Remove Petruk ransomware.
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-safe-mode Remove Petruk ransomware
  4. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win7-command-prompt Remove Petruk ransomware
  6. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  7. Press Yes.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Remove Petruk ransomware
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Command Prompt. win-10-startup Remove Petruk ransomware
  3. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  4. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win10-command-prompt Remove Petruk ransomware
  5. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  6. Press Yes.

Step 3. Recover your data

If ransomware has encrypted your files, it may be possible to recover them using one of the below mentioned methods. However, they will not always work, and the best way to ensure you do not lose your files is to have backup.

a) Method 1. Recover files via Data Recovery Pro

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro.
  2. Once it's installed, launch it and start a scan. data-recovery-pro Remove Petruk ransomware
  3. If the program is able to recover the files, you should be able to get them back. data-recovery-pro-scan Remove Petruk ransomware

b) Method 2. Recover files via Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled before you lost access to your files, you should be able to recover them via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find and right-click on the file you want to recover.
  2. Press Properties and then Previous Versions. win-previous-version Remove Petruk ransomware
  3. Select the version and press Restore.

c) Method 3. Recover files via Shadow Explorer

If the ransomware did not delete Shadow Copies of your files, you should be able to recover them via Shadow Explorer.
  1. Download Shadow Explorer from shadowexplorer.com.
  2. After you install it, open it.
  3. Select the disk with the encrypted files, choose a date.
  4. If folders that you want to recover appear, press Export. shadowexplorer Remove Petruk ransomware