This post is made to explain to you what is the .PUMAS files virus and how you can try and remove this infection and restore .PUMAS encrypted files.
A new version of the STOP ransomware virus has been discovered on 27th of November, 2018. The virus is from the cryptovirus type, which means that it targets documents, photos, images, music and other important files and encrypts them. The ransomware then drops an extortion .txt file which aims to motivate victims to pay ransom to get their encrypted files to work again. If your computer has been infected by the .PUMAS files virus, we urge you to not pay the ransom and read the following article. It has more information on how you can remove the .PUMA files virus from your PC and how you can try and restore files, having the .PUMA extension.
|Threat Name||.PUMAS Virus|
|Main Activity||A variant of STOP ransomware, encrypts files and extorts the user to pay ransom for them.|
|Signs of Presence||Files are appended the .PUMA file extension and their file type changes to PUMA. A ransom note, called !readme.txt is dropped on the victim PC.|
|Spread||Via malicious e-mail spam and set of infection tools.|
Note!For Mac users, please use the following instructions.
|File Recovery||Download Data Recovery Software, to see how many files encrypted by .PUMAS Virus ransomware you will be able to recover.|
What Type of Malware Is the .PUMAS Virus Ransomware
Ransomware in general has been a growing trend with infection and particularly effective. Dharma ransomware prays primarily on those users who do not have a backup of their important files. The .PUMAS Virus Ransomware encrypts your important documents, music, videos, pictures, archives and other data, making them no longer effective. The files cannot be opened after they have been attacked by the .PUMAS Virus Ransomware and they have a custom extension added after their file name – a random A-Z 0-9 letters.
But the ransomware can also be spread completely automatically, similar to the previous versions of the Dharma virus which was spread via a e-mail spam messages, causing the data of thousands of computers all over the world to be encrypted. The creators of ransomware who are involved in this act as if they have nothing to lose and do not mess around. They have invested a lot in their attacks and organized them so that as many inexperienced users as possible become victims.
How to Protect Oneself Against Ransomware Viruses?
After the inevitable has happened, you should learn how to prevent it from happening to you in the future. There are several different solutions to ransomware, but they all come down to two main strategy.
Solution number one is to understand what you are dealing with. If the ransomware virus that has infected you, in this case .PUMAS Virus ransomware, make sure to check our website for any solutions of the threat. Usually most antivirus vendors create decryptors for those ransomware viruses that can be cracked, in other words, which are decryptable. Usually a ransomware virus can be decrypted if there is a mistake in the code written by the hackers who made it or of the encryption algorithm (the language used to make your files non-readable) has a method to be decrypted. Usually, however, most ransom viruses have an immensely strong encryption algorithm and they are non-decryptable. Usually it takes some time do develop a decrypter, but keep following this blog post as we will update with a download link to the tool which can get back your data.
How to Remove .PUMAS Virus Ransomware and Recovery My Data
The removal process of this virus may prove to be a tricky one. This is primarily because the virus may be involved in several different stages of operation that create mutexes, registry entries and files on your computer. All of the objects created by .PUMAS Virus Ransomware may be difficult to remove manually and In some situations may even cause harm to your computer. The safest way to remove malicious files, according to experts is to use an advanced tool that hunts specifically for these type of ransomware infections and removes them. Such tool will not get your files back but will scan your computer automatically and delete the virus as fast as possible so that your PC is safe. And after the removal, you can try using some other third-party methods to restore files that have been encrypted by .PUMAS Virus Ransomware while you wait for antivirus vendors to develop a decrypter.
Booting in Safe Mode
1) Hold Windows Key and R
2) A run Window will appear, in it type “msconfig” and hit Enter
3) After the Window appears go to the Boot tab and select Safe Boot
Cut out .PUMAS Virus in Task Manager
1) Press CTRL+ESC+SHIFT at the same time.
2) Locate the “Processes” tab.
3) Locate the malicious process of .PUMAS Virus, and end it’s task by right-clicking on it and clicking on “End Process”
Eliminate .PUMAS Virus‘s Malicious Registries
For most Windows variants:
1) Hold Windows Button and R.
2) In the “Run” box type “Regedit” and hit “Enter”.
3) Hold CTRL+F keys and type .PUMAS Virus or the file name of the malicious executable of the virus which is usually located in %AppData%, %Temp%, %Local%, %Roaming% or %SystemDrive%.
4) After having located malicious registry objects, some of which are usually in the Run and RunOnce subkeys delete them ermanently and restart your computer. Here is how to find and delete keys for different versions.
For Windows 7: Open the Start Menu and in the search type and type regedit –> Open it. –> Hold CTRL + F buttons –> Type .PUMAS Virus Virus in the search field.
Win 8/10 users: Start Button –> Choose Run –> type regedit –> Hit Enter -> Press CTRL + F buttons. Type .PUMAS Virus in the search field.
Automatic Removal of .PUMAS Virus
Step 1:Click on the button to download SpyHunter’s installer.
It is advisable to run a scan before committing to purchase the full version. You should make sure that the malware is detected by SpyHunter first.
Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for the program to update.
Step4: If the program does not start to scan automatically, click on the “Scan Computer Now” button.
Step5: After SpyHunter has completed with your system`s scan, click on the “Next” button to clear it.
Step6: Once your computer is clean, it is advisable to restart it.
Recover files encrypted by the .PUMAS Virus Ransomware.
Method 1: Using Shadow Explorer. In case you have enabled File history on your Windows Machine one thing you can do is to use Shadow Explorer to get your files back. Unfortunately some ransomware viruses may delete those shadow volume copies with an administrative command to prevent you from doing just that.
Method 2: If you try to decrypt your files using third-party decryption tools. There are many antivirus providers who have decrypted multiple ransomware viruses the last couple of years and posted decryptors for them. Chances are if your ransomware virus uses the same encryption code used by a decryptable virus, you may get the files back. However, this is also not a guarantee, so you might want to try this method with copies of the original encrypted files, because if a third-party program tampers with their encrypted structure, they may be damaged permanently. Here are the vendors to look for:
Method 3: Using Data Recovery tools. This method is suggested by multiple experts in the field. It can be used to scan your hard drive’s sectors and hence scramble the encrypted files anew as if they were deleted. Most ransomware viruses usually delete a file and create an encrypted copy to prevent such programs for restoring the files, but not all are this sophisticated. So you may have a chance of restoring some of your files with this method. Here are several data recovery programs which you can try and restore at least some of your files: