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Remove PicoVirus Ransomware (.picocode Files)

In this article, you will find more information about a ransomware infection called PicoVirus as well as a step-by-step removal guide on how to get rid of all malicious files created by this threat. You will also find information on how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.

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PicoVirus Ransomware Infection

The PicoVirus ransomware is another cryptovirus that has been detected in the wild. Once activated on a computer system it damages essential settings and leaves the system extremely vulnerable to future malware attacks. In fact, the main goal of this data locker ransomware is to extort a ransom fee from its victims. That’s why it scans the infected system for certain types of files that are likely to store valuable personal information and encodes them with a sophisticated cipher algorithm. Once encrypted the files remain inaccessible. They could be recognized by the extension .picocode that is appended to their names as shown in the picture on the right. To blackmail victims, PicoVirus ransomware drops the file README.txt which contains a ransom message by hackers.

Threat Summary

Name PicoVirus ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Malicious Extension .picocode + several characters like #8523!
Short Description A data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encrypt personal files stored on the infected computer. It demands a ransom for a decryption solution.
Symptoms Important files are locked and renamed with a long sequence of extensions which ends with the .picocode extension. Corrupted files remain unusable until their code is reverted back to original state.
Ransom Message README.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Corrupted Websites, Software Installers
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PicoVirus Ransomware (.picocode Files) – Overview

Typically, ransomware actors spread their malicious software via mass spam email campaigns.

There are several traits that may help you recognize a malicious email and prevent nasty malware like PicoVirus from infecting your system in future. First, pay attention to the email sender. Oftentimes, the email sender poses a representative of a well-known company but the email address itself looks strange and contains some unusual symbols. Second, if there is an attached file, refrain from opening it before you check whether it is secure or dangerous. To ensure that you can open the attached file on your PC without allowing it to infect the system with malware, scan the file with an online virus scanner or with an installed anti-malware software. Third, do not click on presented links until you are sure that they won’t open a corrupted web page in your web default browser.

How does the infection process with PicoVirus begin? The PicoVirus ransomware infection process begins the moment its payload file is executed on a target computer system. Once started on the system, the payload file triggers lots of malicious operations that support the several phases of the ransomware attack.

By executing additionally malicious files in a predefined order so that it can disrupt system security, corrupt essential system settings, and activate its in-built cipher module without being interrupted.

As a way to force its victims into paying a ransom fee to hackers, PicoVirus drops a ransom message file on infected systems. This file is called README.txt and its contents state the following:

PicoVirus
Pico v1.1
Your files are encrypted.
This means you cannot access your files if they are encrypted you can’t watch, edit, use them.
Try something funny and we will delete all your files.
All your files are encrypted with.
256-bit encryption is refers to the length of the decryption key used to encrypt a data stream or file. A hacker or cracker will repy.
After 2 minutes of receiving the payment, the decryption tool will be send to you.
To decrypt your files,
Follow next steps:
1. Send 100 (0.02 BTC) to the Bitcoin wallet or other paying method if requested.
Bitcoin wallet: 17RaYJ7ULTZARS5nsroGUVRc7g2kF18azM
2. Send your MachineID:
0303d5b4-ffe9-470e-9dd8-7d9ec416e53f
Do not waste your time, files can only be decrypted by our decode tool.
If you paid the tool will get send by discord to you.

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If you want to prevent being tricked once again by cybercriminals, you should avoid paying them the ransom. There is no guarantee that they can send you back a working decryption solution for .picocode#8523! files. Instead, consider the completion of the removal steps below as they will help you to clean your system from malicious files. In addition, you will be presented with several alternative data recovery solutions.

Remove PicoVirus Ransomware Virus and Attempt to Restore Files

The so-called PicoVirus ransomware is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. That’s why it is recommendable that all steps presented in the ransomware removal guide below should be completed. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide. For the recovery of encrypted .picocode#8523! files you should check the instructions in step four.

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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 PicoVirus ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for PicoVirus ransomware 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 PicoVirus ransomware.

Ransomware infections and PicoVirus 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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of PicoVirus ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus ransomware.

Ransomware infections and PicoVirus 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.


PicoVirus ransomware FAQ

What is PicoVirus ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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 .PicoVirus ransomware files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by PicoVirus 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 ".PicoVirus 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 .PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus 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 PicoVirus ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .PicoVirus ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like PicoVirus 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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