PPHG Ransomware. How to decrypt .pphg files?

If you cannot open your images, documents, or data and also see the .pphg extension on them, your PC is surely infected with Pphg ransomware. It belongs to STOP/Djvu ransomware group

Pphg ransomware encrypts personal files found on the victim’s PC with the extension “.pphg” and then leaves the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are placed on the victim’s desktop in the “readme.txt” file. Its activity is primarily comparable to other variants of the same family: Ssoi, Hfgd, Kkia.

What is Pphg Ransomware?

NamePphg Virus
Ransomware family1DJVU/STOP2 ransomware
Extension.pphg
Ransomware note_readme.txt
RansomFrom $490 to $980
Contactmanager@mailtemp.ch, helprestoremanager@airmail.cc
SymptomsThe images, videos, and other documents have the “.pphg” extension and cannot be opened by any programs
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Pphg is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents regular access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and pictures by encrypting them. It marks the encrypted files with the “.pphg” extension. Then Pphg ransomware adds a ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In this note, you can see the instructions to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a specified Bitcoin address. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it utilizes to encrypt the files is not decryptable with contemporary computers. Even quantum PCs that already exist will spend thousands of years to get the decryption key.

How dangerous is the Pphg ransomware?

When Pphg ransomware appears on your PC, it will run through your disks for images, videos, and also important documents. It encrypt] all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these files are located, the ransomware will cipher them and change their extension to “.pphg” to ensure that you understand what happened.

After the Pphg ransomware ciphered the data on your PC, it will generate the last “readme.txt” file on the main screen. Besides the ransom transactioning instructions, the victims also see the emails to contact the crooks – helprestoremanager@airmail.cc and manager@mailtemp.ch.

Here is the ransom note that the Pphg ransomware shows to its victims:

ATTENTION!

Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail "Spam" or "Junk" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
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Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
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How did the Pphg ransomware get on my computer?

The Pphg ransomware spreads by placing websites to get hacked programs or games. They try to keep their eye on all buzz subjects which can be chosen to spread ransomware. New games releases, new popular films – Pphg creators make whatever to get their money on that. One of the most popular tactics these criminals use is one-day websites with torrent downloading links. Nevertheless, using the modern-day things is not the single manner these burglars use. Options that have already become classic, such as e-mail spamming, are likewise common for STOP/Djvu ransomware distribution.

Malicious email spam
The example of email spamming that may lead to Pphg ransomware injection

Preventing this ransomware does not need a lot of initiative. Considering the ordinary principles of PC hygiene will significantly reduce all risks. Remember that launching all documents you get on email is not a great idea. Even worse case is to allow macros in Microsoft Office files. But it is better to prevent the malware intrusion at the moment when you have only opened the email message. Examining the sender’s address can point out a lot about what you can expect, and also when you see the thing like “support@amazon.com”– it is likely a legit email. On the other hand, stuff that tries to look like Amazon or FedEx shipment notice, but uses the email address of “amazonspurrot1363@gmail.com”– must make you get on the alarm. Above, you can see the illustration of such a message.

Outlaw sources of different digital things need some additional explanation. Going against copyright regulation surely throws you to the danger of being fined. However, using torrent trackers or third-party websites to download “free” programs also exposes you to various malware. No one can control unnamed people who start the torrent seeding or publish the hacked program version on the website with pirated program.

Pphg virus removal instructions.

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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Pphg virus detection and removal:

  • STEP 1. Download and install Trojan Killer.

  • STEP 2. Click on "Finish".

  • STEP 3. Wait until necessary updates are downloaded and installed.

  • STEP 4. Select computer scan type.

  • STEP 5. The software will begin scanning your computer.

  • STEP 6. Click on "Cure PC".

Restore the files encrypted by the Pphg ransomware

In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Pphg ransomware because the private key needed to unlock the encrypted files is only available through cybercriminals. However, we’ve listed one option you can use to recover your files below.

Warning! Make sure you remove the ransomware from your system first, otherwise, it will repeatedly encrypt your files.

If your files were encrypted with an offline key, there is a chance you can recover them by using Emsisoft Decryptor for the STOP/Djvu decryption tool. Follow the below guide to recover your files using the Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP/Djvu.

  1. You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
  2. When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
  3. Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Pphg files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
  4. The decryptor will inform you once the decryption process will be finished. If you require the report for your records, you can save it by clicking the “Save log” button.

If the Emsisoft Decryptor can’t decrypt your .pphg files and you do not plan on paying the ransom, it is advised that you make an image of the encrypted drives so that you can decrypt them in the future.

Your computer should now be free of the Pphg ransomware infection. However, suppose your current antivirus allowed this malicious program on your computer. In that case, you might want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Trojan Killer to protect against these types of threats in the future.

PPHG Ransomware — How To Remove Virus & Decrypt Files?

Name: PPHG Virus

Description: PPHG Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific pphg extension. PPHG ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.

Offer price: 480

Currency: $

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Virus

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I am from Ireland. My parents bought me a computer when I was 11, and several months after I have got a virus on this PC. I decided to enter the INSA Centre Val de Loire university after being graduated from the school. This French educational institution was offering a brand-new cybersecurity course. After getting the master's degree in cybersecurity, I've started working as a virus analyst in a little anti-malware vendor.