Petrwrap Ransomware Virus Removal

The current article below discusses the characteristics and effects a software version referred to as Petrwrap Ransomware. The primary fact you really have to know is that it is based on the malware called Ransomware. In short, Ransomware is a common noun, used to comprise all the malicious products that can harm you and block something on your PC in various ways. Such viruses are also famous for asking the victim users for a ransom in order to reverse the dangerous processes they inflict. This exact Ransom-demanding program we are talking about below, Petrwrap Ransomware, is a virus, fully capable of making you unable to access or use most of your most important files by means of encrypting them. More info about the general activities and effects of this Ransomware has been presented inside the text you are about to read here.

A short, but detailed description of Petrwrap Ransomware:

This ransom-requesting software piece is capable of infecting your PC in many different ways [the most common of which we are going to talk about later on in the article]. What’s more, it is also known for making a list of the files you regularly tend to use in any way; and encoding this data, making it really inaccessible. The malicious programs famous for the ability to cause file encryption generally belong to the file-encrypting Ransomware category.

Other Ransomware versions:

What is also interesting is that there are other Ransomware subgroups and we will briefly discuss them below:

– Viruses after your mobile/ portable devices – Actually, Ransomware can invade tablets and phones, so none of these devices are really safe. Such malware may result in making you incapable of accessing the desktops/ screens/ monitors of the infected devices. In fact, the thing that stops you from accessing such a device’s screen is the ransom alert that covers it, stating you need to pay a ransom in order to have it removed and to be able to reach the blocked screen/ display again.

– Viruses locking up PC  desktops – Such malicious programs indeed resemble the mobile-affecting Ransomware. Their possible consequences really resemble the ones of the mobile-related Ransomware, only the affected devices differ. In the case of these viruses your desktop computers and laptops will get infected. Their screens will be covered with some annoying ransom-demanding pop-ups, and you might end up unable to access any icons and items located there.

– Ransomware used to counter criminals – Indeed, very seldom hackers may get punished for whatever illegal things they have done with the help of viruses, which are based on Ransomware code. This usage, however, if fairly rare.

The most usual sources Petrwrap Ransomware can come from:

Getting your PC infected by Petrwrap Ransomware (and any other Ransomware version) is really likely in case you:

  • Access emails and their attachments that seem strange; or are unexpected: This manner of catching Ransomware is among the most common methods for distributing such malware on the Internet. Perhaps the most horrible aspect of that is the possibility of also getting contaminated by a Trojan horse together with the Ransomware virus.
  • Click on fake system requests and strange pop-ups on your screen: Such malware may come in an automatic way if you click on a suspicious, fake system notification. Actually, you may get such virus-containing notifications in the form of pop-ups from certain websites, which could contain various type of malware. Once you follow such a pretending-to-be system generated alert, your device could end up contaminated by many various threats.

Make sure to remind yourself at all times that: Ransomware is an awfully harmful cyber threat partially because any location on the web could be harboring it.

Removing such terrible infections:

If your PC has already been invaded by a virus like Petrwrap Ransomware, we have to admit that your options are more than limited. You can try asking an expert for some advice and help if possible. One more thing that may help is to download some piece of software with a decent reputation of successfully dealing with such viruses, and reversing its horrible effects and consequences (decryptor tool). Furthermore, it’s always a wise idea to take a careful look at the Removal Guide after the summary table we have provided for free to you. It may really help. Nonetheless, sadly, we cannot promise you that these methods will work. It is dependent on the way the hackers have programmed Petrwrap Ransomware to act. Simply – do not pay the necessary ransom – try all the other possible options before that.

Petrwrap Ransomware Virus Removal

Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.

1: Using Safe Mode

Restoring basic Windows functionality
Before you are able to remove the Petrwrap 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.

2: Spotting the process

Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.

Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.

Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.

3: Hosts file IP’s

Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses. 

4: System Configuration Startup Programs

Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.

5: Registry

Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.

6: Deleting potential virus files

Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.

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