Peta ransomware removal instructions
What is Peta?
Discovered by Michael Gillespie, Peta ransomware belongs to the Djvu family. This software is designed to encrypt files stored on the victim's computer. To decrypt them, victims are encouraged to purchase a decryption tool and/or key from the cyber criminals who designed the program (i.e., pay a ransom). Shariz changes filenames of encrypted files by adding the ".peta" extension. For example, "sample.jpg" becomes "sample.jpg.peta". It also creates a ransom message within a text file called "_readme.txt" and places this file in every folder that contains encrypted files.
The "_readme.txt" file states that Peta has encrypted all files such as photos, documents, databases and data with the strongest encryption algorithm. To decrypt them, victims must contact cyber criminals (Peta developers) via the email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org email address. A decryption key and software costs $980, however, victims are offered a 50% discount if victims contact cyber criminals within 72 hours of encryption. To ensure that cyber criminals have valid tools, victims are permitted to send one encrypted file that they will decrypt free of charge. Typically, only ransomware developers can provide decryption tools, however, none can be trusted. There is a high probability that cyber criminals will not send any keys or software, even after payment. In many cases, people who trust cyber criminals (and pay the ransom) are scammed. Generally, the only free option is to restore files from a backup, however, this is possible only if data was backed up prior to computer infection with ransomware.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
There are many ransomware-type programs that are very similar to Peta. Examples include Seto, HILDACRYPT, and Lbkut. Typically, these programs are used to extort money from victims by forcing them to purchase tools that can decrypt their files. Any differences are usually cost of decryption software/key and encryption algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) used to lock victims' data. In any case, most of these programs lock files with strong algorithms. Thus, decryption without involvement of ransomware developers is impossible, unless the program is not complete, has bugs, flaws, etc. To avoid data loss caused by ransomware (and paying cyber criminals), have all data backed up and keep it on a remote server such as Cloud and/or an unplugged storage device.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.peta|
|Ransom Demanding Message||_readme.txt|
|Cyber Criminal Contactemail@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Symptoms||Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals demand payment of a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads, unofficial activation and updating tools.|
|Damage||All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password-stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.|
To eliminate malware infections our security researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
Do not open website links/files attached to emails that are irrelevant or sent from suspicious, unknown addresses. The best option is to ignore them, otherwise they might lead to installation of malware. All files and programs should be downloaded from official and trustworthy websites. The download channels mentioned above might be used to distribute malicious software. Installed software should be kept up-to-date, however, use implemented functions/tools designed by official software developers. If an installed program is not free, do not try to activate it using 'cracking' tools. These are illegal and often infect computers with high-risk malware. Additionally, scan operating systems with a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware suite regularly and remove detected viruses/threats immediately. If your computer is already infected with Peta, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in Peta ransomware text file ("_readme.txt"):
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:
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.
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Screenshot of files encrypted by Peta (".peta" extension):
Peta ransomware removal:
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- What is Peta?
- STEP 1. Peta virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Peta ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Peta virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Peta ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Peta ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Peta are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Peta ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove Peta ransomware: