Planetary Ransomware Removal Process (remove PlanetaryRansomware)

April 8, 2019

Planetary Ransomware is suspected to be a newer variation of an older malware threat called HC7. While Planetary Ransomware is a newer threat variation, it appears to have the same functions of its predecessor of encrypting files and then making demands to the victimized PC user to pay a ransom fee for supposedly decrypting files first encrypted by Planetary Ransomware.

The Planetary Ransomware threat gets its name due to the files that it encrypts it appends the ".planetary" file extension to each of them. While doing such makes it easy to identify the encrypted files, none of the files can be accessed. Paying the ransom fee demanded by Planetary Ransomware may cost $700 to thousands of dollars. Paying such is mostly out of the question which leads PC users victimized by Planetary Ransomware to the scenario of first removing Planetary Ransomware with an antimalware tool and then using a recent system backup to restore the encrypted files.

Are you getting popups from Planetary Ransomware? Have you identified that you have Planetary Ransomware installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Planetary Ransomware completely from your computer?

Why should you remove Planetary Ransomware?

If Planetary Ransomware resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Planetary Ransomware may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Planetary Ransomware removal process.

How can you manually remove Planetary Ransomware

Manual removal of Planetary Ransomware may not be for everyone. Each manual Planetary Ransomware removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Planetary Ransomware removal process.

Planetary Ransomware can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate Planetary Ransomware in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Planetary Ransomware, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing Planetary Ransomware. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process

    bookmark-add-favorite

  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with Planetary Ransomware from your computer.

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Planetary Ransomware, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"

    safe-mode

  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Planetary Ransomware by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Planetary Ransomware folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Planetary Ransomware completely from your computer. If you find that Planetary Ransomware is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Planetary Ransomware removal process.

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