How to uninstall Peek Virus

About this ransomware

Peek Virus is classified as ransomware that encrypts data. Ransomware is believed to be a serious infection, which might cause highly serious consequences. Once you open the ransomware-infected file, it will locate specific files and lock them. Most likely, all of your photos, videos and documents were locked because you likely see those files as the most important. A decryption key is required to unlock the files but unfortunately, it’s in the possession of criminals who infected your machine in the first place. A free decryptor might be released after some time if malware researchers could crack the ransomware. If backup isn’t a possibility to you, waiting for the mentioned free decryption utility is probably your only choice.

A ransom note will be put on your device after the ransomware completes the encryption process. If it is yet to be clear, the note should clarify that your files have been encrypted, and offer you a way to get them back. While we can’t say what you should do as it is your files we are talking about but we would not advise paying for a decryptor. Hackers simply taking your money while not helping you with file recovery is not impossible. Who will prevent them from doing just that. If you don’t have backup, using the requested money to buy it might be better. Simply uninstall Peek Virus if you do have backup.

If you remember recently opening a spam email attachment or downloading a software update from a dubious source that’s how it got into your device. Both methods are commonly used by ransomware makers/distributors.

Ransomware spread ways

It is quite likely that you installed a bogus update or opened a file attached to a spam email, and that’s how the ransomware got in. Since of how frequent spam campaigns are, you need to learn what malicious spam look like. Don’t blindly open all attachments that land in your inbox, you first need to make sure it is secure. In many emails of this kind, senders use known company names because that ought to make users feel more safe. They could claim to be Amazon, and that they have attached a receipt for a purchase you didn’t make. If the sender is actually who they say they are, it will not be difficult to check. Look up the company emailing you, check their used email addresses and see if your sender is legitimate. You ought to also scan the added file with a malicious software scanner to ensure that it is safe.

It is also not impossible that the malware tricked you into installing a bogus software update. Those types of malicious software update offers could appear when you’re on sites with suspicious reputation. Those false update offers may also appear in advertisements and banners. For those that know how updates are generally offered, however, this will cause immediate suspicion. Your system will never be malware-free if you continually download things from suspicious sources. When your application requires an update, you will either be notified about it through the software, or it will update itself without your interference.

How does this malware behave

If you’re wondering what’s going on with your files, they were locked. File encrypting may have happened without you knowing, right after you opened a contaminated file. You’ll be able to quickly differentiate between locked files since they’ll now have a weird file extension. Your files have been encrypted with a complicated encryption algorithm, so don’t waste your time trying to open them as it will not work. Information about how to recover your files should be on the ransom note. Ransom notes usually follow a certain pattern, contain threats about forever lost files and explain how to restore them by making a payment. While hackers might be right in saying that file decryption without a decryption utility is not possible, paying the ransom isn’t something a lot of specialists will recommend. Trusting people accountable for your file encryption to keep their word is not exactly the wisest decision. Crooks might also remember that you paid and target you again specifically, expecting you to pay again.

It might be possible that you’ve uploaded at least some of your files somewhere, so check storage devices you own and various online accounts. We suggest you store all of your locked files somewhere, for when or if researchers specializing in malware make a free decryptor. It’s important to erase Peek Virus from your system as quickly as possible, in any case.

While we hope your file recovery is a success, we also hope this will be a lesson to you about how important it is that you back up your files routinely. Because the risk of losing your files is always there, take our advice. Quite a few backup options are available, and they’re well worth the investment if you don’t want to lose your files.

Peek Virus removal

Unless you truly know what you’re doing, do not attempt manual elimination. Use malware removal program to get rid of the threat, because otherwise you are risking further harming to your device. Usually, people have to boot their devices in Safe Mode so as to successfully launch anti-malware program. There should be no issues when your launch the software, so you can eliminate Peek Virus successfully. Erasing the malware will not recover files, however.

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Learn how to remove Peek Virus from your computer

1. Remove Peek Virus using Safe Mode with Networking.

1.1. Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win7-restart How to uninstall Peek Virus
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 as many times as it takes for Advanced Boot Options to appear.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking. win7-safemode How to uninstall Peek Virus
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart.
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart.win10-restart How to uninstall Peek Virus
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win10-safemode How to uninstall Peek Virus

1.2. Step 2. Remove Peek Virus.

You should now be able to access your browsers, which you need to use to download a reputable anti-malware program. Pick one that you think suits you the best and scan your computer. When the ransomware is found, remove it with the program. If you are unable to access Safe Mode with Networking, continue to below.

2. Remove Peek Virus using System Restore

2.1. Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win7-restart How to uninstall Peek Virus
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 as many times as it takes for Advanced Boot Options to appear.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-command-prompt How to uninstall Peek Virus
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart.
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win10-restart How to uninstall Peek Virus
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win8-safemode-command-prompt How to uninstall Peek Virus

2.2. Step 2. Restore files and settings.

  1. In the window that appears enter cd restore. Press Enter.
  2. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. command-promt-restore How to uninstall Peek Virus
  3. Press Next on the window that pop-ups.
  4. Select the restore point and press Next. system-restore How to uninstall Peek Virus
  5. Press Yes.
This should have gotten rid of the ransomware but it would still be better if you obtained some kind of anti-malware and scanned your computer for any older threats.

3. Recover your data

If you did not invest into reliable backup, there is still a chance you can get your files back. You can try one or all of the following ways and you might be in luck!

3.1. Using Data Recovery Pro.

  1. Obtain Data Recovery Pro.
  2. Install and launch it.
  3. Scan your computer for files that can be recovered. data-recovery-pro-scan How to uninstall Peek Virus
  4. Restore them.

3.2. Recover files via Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled on your system, you can recover encrypted files via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find an encrypted file you want to recover and right-click on it.
  2. Select Properties and then press Previous versions. file-previous-version How to uninstall Peek Virus
  3. Choose what version you want and click Restore.

3.3. Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

If the ransomware did not delete the shadow copies that your operating system automatically makes, you can recover them.
  1. Obtain Shadow Explorer from the official website, install and open it.
  2. In the drop down menu, you need to select the disk with encrypted files. shadow-explorer How to uninstall Peek Virus
  3. Click Export on the files that can be recovered.