How to remove Pgpsnippet virus and restore encrypted files

If you fell a victim of an encrypting virus and have reasons to expect that it is the Pgpsnippet ransomware – here you'll find useful info. We propose simple and efficient advice about Pgpsnippet deletion and possible methods to recover the wasted info.

What is Pgpsnippet

Ransomware can be considered a worricow of our society, and each user knows that if you see the inscription “files are encrypted” – it’s time to be anxious. It’s a true, unfortunately. An encrypting virus is the most dangerous thing that can happen to you in the Web since a common customer literally cannot get rid of it. The only event when you can overcome an encrypting virus is when you’re not dealing with a real one, but a screenlocker, that covers your screen and tries to lure your money. In all other events, if ransomware was developed and secured in a proper method – you should only trust that specialists can beat it. If scammers failed somehow, and there are some vulnerabilities, that give you an ability to restore files – you'll find a cure in this article.



Bypassing the ransomware’s type, the AES and RSA algorithms are overly complex to bruteforce them. It it requires centuries to execute all necessary calculations on a standard device and, possibly, twenty or thirty years in case of usage of a super-efficient gear. We know only two basic methods to defeat a ransomware: to hack into it, or hack its server, to receive encryption keys. Rare viruses also have a switch, able to cease virus' operation in full or to make it pass a particular machine. If someone discovers that breaker for this virus, or create a decryption software, we will give you complete information in this item.

So, what do we know about Pgpsnippet? It consists of a completely legitimate coding algorithm which ciphers the data on user’s machine, so user can't utilize them in any way. That key is also encrypted with a different manner. In most cases, swindlers choose RSA and AES algorithms, that have proven themselves the very complex and sustainable. These manners and the software based on them can be easily found on the Internet, so hackers only have to create mechanisms of defense, to block an access to a virus, and create the flawless update and control system. Some pieces of ransomware just act on their own, and web-criminals know of a new "client" not before he writes them and forwards the funds. The complex viruses are highly active, and send files to hundreds servers, to puzzle the security specialists and throw them off virus’ track.


Here we've gathered several methods to inspect, prior to giving in and expecting for a decryption program. As we said before, scammers make failures, and certain characteristics of the OS may serve you to recover files.


  • If you don't employ the system via an administrator's account – it's your lucky day. The point is that your Windows creates copies of any information prior to their uninstalling or alteration. Suchlike backups are called SVC, and the malware knows how to destroy them. If you are acting from the user's profile – the system asks for a permission at the exact second Pgpsnippet tries to erase SVC. In case you've seen such window and declined it – then the SVC are alright, and could be used to restore the data.
  • If you have a backup, stored on the outer flash drive – you can delete a virus and upload it. Make sure that Pgpsnippet is gone fully, as if it’s not – all info will be encrypted again, including the files that are on a flash drive.


In case you checked both these opportunities and there is no way to recover lost data – you should uninstall Pgpsnippet from the machine and expect when a decryption program will be published.

How to remove Pgpsnippet

As for the deletion – there’s no possibility to fully escape an automatic mode. This virus is incredibly cunning and there is a possibility to pass some parts and then suffer from it (for example, when you connect a flash data storage with the backups to a not-totally-clean system). It knows how to hide damn good, so you just can't delete it fully on your own. Knowing this, we have developed a good deletion directions which can suit all your needs. It contains several manual steps and an extra antivirus tool step.

Removal instruction

If you are MAC user, follow this guide: how to decrypt files on MAC.




Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1


  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2



  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode


Step 2. Show all hidden files and folders

  • Press Start
  • Click on Control Panel

Show hidden files. Step 1


  • Select Appearance and Personalization

Show hidden files. Step 2


  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden files. Step 3


  • Press Ok


Step 3. Remove virus files


Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %ProgramData%


Step 4. Fix hosts file

  • Go to %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\ folder



  • Open hosts file using Notepad or other text editor
  • Delete suspicious elements
  • Basic hosts file looks like this:



Step 5. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

Step 6. Scan computer with antivirus

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Step 7. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot

How to restore files

As you removed Pgpsnippet, or at though aware of how you can to do it, let’s think about the file restoration. As you know now, if you use an administrator entry and you granted Pgpsnippet a pass into the PC – there is no method to get back the files aside from the previously saved copies. If you don't remember this – you still have some chances, but it needs especial recovery tool. The best ones of them are Recuva or ShadowExplorer programs. They're easy to get on the registered sites of their owners, with close guides.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel

Decrypt files. Step 1


  • Click System and Security

Decrypt files. Step 2


  • Select Backup and Restore

Decrypt files. Step 3


  • Select Restore files from backup
  • Select checkpoint to restore


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