This page aims to help you remove Ppam Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Ppam file can be recovered.
The most probable reason why you have landed on this page is because you are seeking help with removing a nasty computer threat that has invaded your computer system. And in case that the threat you are dealing with goes under the name of Ppam, in the next lines, you might be able to find some useful information about it. The infection that brought you here is a new addition to the Ransomware category meaning that dealing with this piece of malware and with its negative consequences on your system might be quite difficult. This, however, should not discourage you from seeking alternative and solutions and from trying to undo what has been done to your computer and your files. Ppam is an advanced and particularly harmful cryptovirus which typically encrypts the files that are stored on the infected computer and asks the victims to pay a ransom for their decryption. If you stay with us, in the paragraphs that follow, you will learn how the encryption works and blocks you from accessing your files, what the most common Ransomware carriers are and, of course, how to remove the nasty malware and what methods you can use in order to get back your files without paying the money requested by the hackers. For that purpose, below we have prepared a step-by-step removal guide and a trusted Ppam removal tool as well as some file-recovery suggestions for the restoration of your encrypted data.
Ransomware – the most dangerous threat to your personal files.
Without wanting to scare you right from the beginning, we need to say that the Ransomware-based viruses such as Ppam are extremely dangerous and very challenging to deal with. Unfortunately, not only you but thousands of other web users all around the world become victims of Ransomware infections every day. This type of malware is very different from most other computer threats and is based on a simple blackmailing scheme which generates quick money for the criminal hackers behind the infection. But should you make the crooks richer by paying the ransom to decrypt your files? The sensible answer to that question would in most cases be “no”. Instead, try out some of the alternatives below and don’t forget to remove the infection from your computer first.
Ransomware infections can sneak inside your PC when you least expect it!
The criminal developers behind Ransomware such as Ppam want to make the most out of their malicious creation and, naturally, this means infecting as many people as possible and making them pay the ransom that is required for the liberation of their files. In order to do that, the crooks use various stealthy carriers for their malware which can distribute the Ransomware cryptovirus to more and more users. Spam, Trojan backdoor infections, malicious emails with harmful attachments, malvertising, torrents, infected installers, misleading links and compromised websites are just some of the possible carriers. One accidental click on an infected Ransomware carrier is enough to silently activate the hidden cryptovirus and, unfortunately, the only visible symptom which would typically reveal the contamination is the scary ransom-demanding note which usually gets displayed on the screen after the file-encryption has been completed. With the help of this note, the hackers give instructions to their victims on how to pay the ransom. They typically promise to send back a special decryption key once they receive the payment. However, trusting them with your money is not a good idea and does not give any guarantees about the future of your files and your computer. That’s why, we usually suggest that our readers seek alternatives to the ransom payment such as the ones from the guide above.
|Danger Level||High (Ppam Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||Ppam Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the time, Trojans get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
Remove Ppam Ransomware
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2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: The Hosts file
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the virus.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to Ppam Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the Ppam Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.