What is Predator ransomware?
Predator ransomware – is a dangerous virus, that is able to encrypt all the important files like documents, photos, videos. Cyber criminals offer to send 100$ to their bitcoin wallet buy in exchange for decryption. The scheme is very typical and common for ransomware viruses. First Predator infiltrates your system, then starts encrypting procedure with AES encryption algorithm. This ransomware adds .predator file extension to the name of all the encrypted data. For example, graphics.doc file turns into graphics.doc.predator file. In this article you can learn how to remove Predator ransomware and decrypt .Predator files.
Once data on your computer is encrypted, Predator will create README.txt file. You can find demands and instruction on how to pay the ransom for decryption key in this file. This is what Predator ransom note contains:
Your files were encrypted with Predator The Cipher!
Predator The Cipher v1.0
To decrypt your files:
1. Send 100$ to this bitcoin wallet: 1Pe9zG5uZFj4bGxPs98VbReXrnFayuoGf.
2. Send us email with your machine ID (XXXXXXXXXX) and bitcoin wallet ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Then we would send you back our decipher tool.
DO NOT TRY TO DECRYPT OR DELETE YOUR FILES. YOU WILL ONLY MAKE IT WORSE!
Predator is a typical ransomware, its main purpose is to force you to pay these cyber criminals. They want you to pay ransom cost. Once you’ve done payment, they are supposed to send you decryption key. But you should know that cyber criminals are not going to give you a decryption key. Mostly they are just ignoring their victims. That’s why there is no need to contact them, it wouldn’t help. Still, Predator ransomware does very complicated encryption, but it does not damage, move or delete your files, which means you have chance to restore your personal data.
How to remove Predator ransomware from your computer and restore files?
You may try to use anti-malware tool to remove Predator ransomware from your computer. Newly advanced ransomware detection technology is able to run an instant ransomware scan, which is perfect to protect your computer in case of a new ransomware attack.
How to decrypt .predator files encrypted by Predator?
Once you’ve removed virus, you are probably thinking of recovering files from encryption. Let’s take a look at possible ways of decrypting your data.
Decrypt .predator files with automated decryption tools
Unfortunately, due to novelty of Predator ransomware, there are no available automatic decryptors for this virus yet. Still, there is no need to invest in malicious scheme by paying ransom. You are able to recover files manually.
Decrypt .predator files manually
You can try to use one of these methods in order to restore your encrypted data manually.
Recover data with Data Recovery
- Download and install Data Recovery
- Select drives and folders with your files, then click Scan.
- Choose all the files in a folder, then press on Restore button.
- Manage export location.
Restore data with Windows Previous Versions
This feature is working on Windows Vista (not Home version), Windows 7 and later versions. Windows saves copies of files and folders which you can use to restore data on your computer. In order to restore data from Windows Backup, take following steps:
- Open My Computer and search for the folders you want to restore;
- Right-click on the folder and choose Restore previous versions option;
- The option will show you the list of all the previous copies of the folder;
- Select restore date and the option you need: Open, Copy and Restore.
Restore the system with System Restore
You can always try to use System Restore in order to roll back your system to its condition before infection infiltration. All the Windows versions include this option.
- Type restore in the Search tool;
- Click on the result;
- Choose restore point before the infection infiltration;
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
How to protect PC from Predator?
It’s pretty difficult task to get rid of any ransomware, including Predator. But you can easily prevent any infection of your PC. HitmanPro.Alert’s CryptoGuard can help you with this problem. It’s one of the best anti-ransomware applications. No matter how sneaky it is, HitmanPro.Alert’s CryptoGuard will stop Predator infiltration to your system. After detection, this program removes all the related to the ransomware data and prevents your file from being encrypted.