THREAT REMOVAL

Peet Virus (.peet File) – Remove + Decrypt Files

This removal write-up has been created with the primary objective to help victims of Peet virus infection to understand more about this nasty malware. At the end of the article, all of you who were unfortunate enough to get your systems infected with Peet ransomware can find a thorough removal guide as well as alternative data recovery approaches.

Peet Ransomware

The Peet ransomware is an infection that comes from the STOP malware family. Its major purpose is to enter your computer while bypassing its defenses and afterward encrypts personal files stored on it. As a typical data locker ransomware, Peet is primarily developed to generate revenue for hackers. That’s why like its predecessors Mosk, Meka and Lokf ransomware, the Peet ransomware virus asks its victims for a ransom fee in BitCoin.

Peet Virus

The name of Peet virus is a derivative of a malicious extension of the same name which is associated with this strain of STOP ransomware. The threat was first spotted on November 12th by the security researcher Michael Gillespie. The essence behind the so-called Peet virus is to sneak into Windows computer systems without being noticed by users. Once started on the computer Peet virus causes many issues that aim to affect essential system settings. The malicious files which Peet ransomware establishes on the system may help it evade detection, misuse registry functionalities, and encrypt target files.

.peet File Extension

When all of the preparation phases are completed, the Peet virus infection triggers an in-built cipher module to set the beginning of the data encryption phase. Only by corrupting personal files, the ransomware can blackmail you into paying a ransom fee to hackers. So during the encryption phase, Peet ransomware scans system drives for commonly used types of files and encrypts them with the help of a strong cipher algorithm. All types of files listed below can be encrypted and renamed with the .peet file extension

  • Files.
  • Sound documents.
  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Archive documents.
  • Online pictures or drive data.
  • Databases.

Threat Summary

NamePeet virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionPeet virus is a variant of STOP Ransomware. It aims to encrypt your files and hold them hostage until you pay ransom to retrieve them.
SymptomsPeet virus leaves its own file extension .peet and then drops the _readme.txt ransom message file.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable Files
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The moment Peet virus ends with the encryption of valuable files, it creates its ransom note file, called _readme.txt on the Desktop as well as in every folder that contains encrypted .peet files. It has the following content:

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.
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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:
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Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
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Our Telegram account:
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Your personal ID:
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This ransom money note has 1 objective. To get you to contact the criminals and bargain what ransom you have to pay to obtain your .peet files back. The scoundrels also offer 1 decryption free of cost, to show you it functions. Our advice is not to pay the ransom, due to the fact that you can not trust that these individuals will not infect your computer system again and also even more to it, you support their criminal tasks. Rather, we highly recommend you to remove Peet virus totally from your computer.

How Can Peet Virus Infect a PC?

Peet virus can enter computer systems by utilizing a software application that exploits weak points in your Windows system. Peet virus might spread its infection file by uploading it on different kinds of web sites, where it can impersonate:

  • Software application activator.
  • Key generator.
  • Break.
  • Spot.

Various types of malvertising campaigns can also be used for the delivery of Peet ransomware. In June this year security researchers detected that a popular YouTube to MP3 conversion website has been compromised to spread ransomware exploit kit. However, the most preferred technique by hackers continues to be malspam. So Peet virus can be spread out via emails with malicious file attachments. These attachments can contain the infection file to look as if it is an:

  • Billing.
  • Invoice.
  • File that is essential.

Remove Peet Virus and Try to Get Back Files

The persistence of Peet virus can be overcome by the complete removal of all malicious files from the system. Mostly you should remove malicious entries from Registry Editor and ransomware files from folders like %AppData%, %Local%, %LocalLow%, %Temp% and %Roaming%. If you don’t feel comfortable with manual removal we recommend that you consider the help of professional tools. To remove Peet virus from your computer system, you can follow our thorough ransomware removal guide. We have made the guide to make it easier for you to erase all of the items, developed by this nasty virus.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Peet virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Peet virus

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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 Peet virus 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 Peet virus 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 Peet virus 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Peet virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

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


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


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 Peet virus.

Ransomware infections and Peet virus 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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Peet virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Peet virus 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 Peet virus:

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 Peet virus. 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 Peet virus. 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 Peet virus 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 Peet virus. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Peet virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Peet virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money.

This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. 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 recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:


Peet virus FAQ

What is Peet virus ransomware and how does it work?

Peet virus 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 Peet virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Peet virus 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 Peet virus 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 .Peet virus files?

You can't. At this point the .Peet virus 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 .Peet virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Peet virus 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 ".Peet virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Peet virus 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 Peet virus 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 Peet virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Peet virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Peet virus 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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  2. AvatarMihai Cicu

    I formatted entire computer but i kept the corrupted files can I recover them anymore? i need them urgently and I start to go crazy because of this ….

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