How to Turn Off PGP

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The software program Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) allows users to easily encrypt and decrypt computer data. PGP and similar encryption programs use an internationally accepted standard ratified by the Internet Engineering Task Force to encrypt data, including e-mail, files and entire hard drives. The standard, called OpenPGP, uses public and private keys to encrypt and decrypt data. PGP also allows users to digitally sign e-mails and other files, allowing recipients to verify the sender's identity.

Turn Off PGP

  • Close all open programs and copy important data to another computer, hard drive or backup service.

  • Open PGP Desktop. Select "PGP Disk" and choose the hard drive you want to remove PGP from.

  • Click the "Decrypt" button. Enter your PGP Whole Disk passphrase or provide the required key files.

  • Wait while the operating system shuts down and PGP begins to decrypt the drive. When PGP has been turned off, the computer restarts, and the hard drive is no longer encrypted.

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