This page aims to help you remove .Pumax File Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Pumax Virus file can be recovered.
If you are not careful while browsing online, you may easily land on a nasty virus like Ransomware infection named .Pumax. This threat is a new addition to the cryptovirus Ransomware category, which is getting spread all over the Internet with the help of various malicious transmitters. As per the information that we have, carriers of the infection are mostly malicious emails, spam messages, infected attachments, ads, and illegal sites.
However, there is no guarantee that other common types of web content cannot distribute the Ransomware with the same ease. Unfortunately, .Pumax File Virus has the ability to secretly sneak inside the computer, infiltrate it and lock the personal files found there with the help of a complex file encryption. When the encryption process completes, all the affected data becomes inaccessible for the victim and a scary ransom-demanding notification gets generated on the screen.
This notification contains instructions about the decryption of the sealed files, which involves the payment of a ransom amount. In case that all the instructions are correctly fulfilled and the payment is issued, the victims are promised to receive a special decryption key which can unlock their data. Recently, quite a lot of users have been greeted with the scary message generated by .Pumax File Ransomware.
That’s why, on this page, we have focused on some alternatives to the ransom payment, which may help some of the users to save their files without sending money to the hackers behind this nasty Ransomware Virus. If you are one of those unfortunate users, we suggest you take a look at the instructions below and decide what is the best course of action for your particular case. Unfortunately, we cannot promise you that our guide will work effectively for everyone and will be able to recover all your files, but at least its steps may help you safely remove .Pumax File Virus and clean your computer so that you can use it again.
Remove .Pumax Virus Ransomware Guide
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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 file 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 .Pumax Ransomware Virus. 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 .Pumax Ransomware Virusfrom 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.
How to protect your PC from Ransomware?
Protecting your computer from file-encrypting viruses like .Pumax might be a challenging task. The reason is, not only do these threats use some very stealthy and misleading transmitters, but also they lack visible symptoms which can give them away. Without a reliable antivirus program, it may not be possible to spot the file-encryption activity in the background of your system until it completes and the scary ransom message appears.
That’s why, our advice if you want to protect your valuable information from becoming inaccessible, apart from investing in a good antivirus program, is to create external backups for your most valuable files. Make it a habit to copy your files on a cloud storage or on an external HDD so that you can access it anytime. This way, even if a Ransomware Viruses like .Pumax file manages to secretly sneak inside your PC, you can easily remove it and copy your data back on the cleaned computer. What is more, you will be able to avoid the blackmailing scheme of the hackers who may use different manipulative methods to extort money from you without giving you any guarantee for the future of the sealed files.
|Danger Level||High (.Pumax Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||.Pumax 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.|
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.