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.PEDANT Ransomware — How to Remove Virus Infections

This article will aid you to remove .PEDANT Ransomware. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

.PEDANT Ransomware is one that encrypts your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. Files will receive the .PEDANT extension. The .PEDANT Ransomware will leave ransomware instructions in a ransomware note file. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

Name.PEDANT ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files by placing the .PEDANT extension on the affected files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.PEDANT Ransomware – Distribution Techniques

The .PEDANT ransomware as a new variant of the Matrix ransomware family has been spotted in a small-sized attack campaign. The low number of captured samples does not give out whicfh is the primary method of distribution, we assume that any one of the popular ones can be used.

A popular tactic is the use of email SPAM messages which are widely used to confuse the recipients into thinking that they have received a legitimate notification from a well-known company or service. In most cases they will link to the virus files in the body contents, the alternative is to directly attach them to the emails.

An alternative is to create malicious web sites that attempt to replicate legitimate sites, download portals and other popular pages. They are made by using similar or the same design elements as the real ones. The .PEDANT ransomware files can be spread to the victims by being included in links and all kinds of content. Furthermore the threat can be spread via malicious ad networks that operate using banners, pop-ups, redirects and in-text links.

Often ransomware threats can be spread via payload carriers of which there are two main types:

  • Infected Documents — The criminals can embed the installation code in macros that can be placed in all of the popular document types: presentations, spreadsheets, text documents and databases. Whenever they are opened a prompt will appear asking the victims to enable this content, the quoted reason is that this is required in order to correctly view the file.
  • Malicious Application Installers — The criminals can create infected setup files of popular software. The hackers will typically choose applications which are regularly downloaded by end users: productivity and office solutions, creativity suites, system utilities and others. They are made by taking the legitimate files from their official sources and modifying them to include the relevant ransowmare code.

In other cases the .PEDANT ransomware files can be spread via browser hijackers which represent hacker-made extensions made for the most popular web browsers. They are mostly found on the relevant repositories using fake user reviews and developer credentials. Most of the hijackers promise new feature additions or performance optimizations. In reality when they are installed on the victim systems modifications to the default settings will occur — the home page, new tabs page and search engine. When this step has completed running the ransomware infection will follow.

.PEDANT Ransomware – Detailed Analysis

Like previous Matrix ransomware samples the .PEDANT ransomware can be configured to execute various malicious actions as devised in the attack campaign. Most of the Matrix ransomware files begiin the infections with a data retrieval module which can retrieve information from the computers that can be categorized into two main types:

  • Personal Information — The engine can be programmed to look for strings that can directly reveal the identity of the victims. This can include data snippets such as their name, address, phone number and passwords. The extracted information can be used for a variety of crimes such as identity theft, blackmail and financial abuse.
  • Computer Information — The other category of information that can be acquired includes data that is used to generate an ID that is assigned to each individual infected computer. The input values are processed by an algorithm that outputs this combination of alphanumeric symbols. The data that is required in most cases is the parts list of the installed hardware components, user settings and certain operating system environment values.

The collected information can then be processed by another module called security bypass which wil use the harvested data to locate if any security applications are installed — their real-time engines can be disabled or entirely removed. In most cases this will affect anti-virus software, firewalls, intrusion detection systems and virtual machine hosts. In some cases advanced versions can delete itself if this step fails.

If this step is completed the .PEDANT ransomware will proceed further with various system changes. Most of them will affect the Windows Registry. When the strings that are used by third-party applications are modified unexpected errors and shut downs can occur. Changes to any values that are part of the operating system services will lead to severe performance problems and the inability to use certain functions.

When configured the .PEDANT ransomware can additionally configure itself as a persistent installation which will run every time the computer boots. This is usually followed by a reconfiguration of important system settings which will disable access to the recovery boot menus. This will practically render most manual user recovery guides useless as they depend on them.

Other malicious actions that can be undertaken by the hackers is to remove important system data such as Restore Points, Backups and Shadow Volume Copies. In this case the victim users will need to resort to a combination of an anti-spyware utility and a data recovery program.

Matrix ransomware samples are built on a modular platform and they can be used to spread other malware threats as well. A popular option is the delivery of Trojans which are used to allow the criminal controllers to take over control of the infected machines, spy on the victims and steal user data.

Another malicious threat which can be deployed to the infected computers is the cryptocurrency miner. It will take advantage of the available system resources in order to compute complex mathematical tasks. They will place a heavy load on all important components: CPU, GPU, Memory and hard disk space. The tasks will be downloaded to the target computers in bulk and when one of them has completed running digital funds in the form of cryptocurrency will be directly wired to their digital wallets.

Future .PEDANT ransomware samples can include other malicious modules as well. This depends on the chosen targets, distribution strategy and goals.

.PEDANT Ransomware – Encryption Process

The .PEDANT Ransomware encrypts user data with a strong cipher according to a built-in list of target data extensions. In most cases it will target the most popular ones:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Documents
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music

The victim files will be renamed with the .PEDANT extension and a ransomware note will be created to coerce the victims into paying a decryption fee to the hackers. The file will be called “!PEDANT_INFO!.rtf”.

Remove .PEDANT Ransomware and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the .PEDANT ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .PEDANT ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .PEDANT ransomware

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall .PEDANT ransomware and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .PEDANT ransomware on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .PEDANT ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for .PEDANT ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


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2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .PEDANT ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .PEDANT ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

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Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .PEDANT ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .PEDANT ransomware and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to .PEDANT ransomware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to .PEDANT ransomware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to .PEDANT ransomware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove .PEDANT ransomware via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as .PEDANT ransomware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .PEDANT ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .PEDANT ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


.PEDANT ransomware FAQ

What is .PEDANT ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

.PEDANT ransomware is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does .PEDANT ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..PEDANT ransomware Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of .PEDANT ransomware is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open ..PEDANT ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the ..PEDANT ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..PEDANT ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .PEDANT ransomware ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore "..PEDANT ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..PEDANT ransomware files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of .PEDANT ransomware ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .PEDANT ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..PEDANT ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .PEDANT ransomware ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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    Some tools of decrypt .pedant ramsonware??

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