If you cannot open your images, documents, or files and also see the .poqw extension on them, your system is surely infected with Poqw ransomware. It belongs to STOP/Djvu ransomware family
Poqw ransomware encrypts personal files spotted on the victim’s PC with the extension “.poqw” and then creates 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 task is primarily comparable to other examples of the same family: Zouu, Zoqw, Bpws.
What is Poqw Ransomware?
|Ransomware family1||DJVU/STOP2 ransomware|
|Ransom||From $490 to $980|
|Symptoms||The images, videos, and other documents have the “.poqw” extension and cannot be opened by any programs|
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Poqw is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents normal access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and images by ciphering them. It marks the ciphered files with the “.poqw” extension. Then Poqw ransomware adds a ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In it, you can see the instructions to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a certain Bitcoin address. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it uses to cipher the documents is not decryptable with contemporary computers. Even quantum computers that currently exist will spend hundreds of years to get the decryption key.
How dangerous is the Poqw ransomware?
When Poqw ransomware gets on your PC, it will examine your system 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 documents are located, the ransomware will cipher them and change their extension to “.poqw” so that you understand what happened.
After the Poqw ransomware encrypted the files on your PC, it will generate the last “readme.txt” file on the desktop. Besides the ransom payment instructions, the victims also see the emails to contact the crooks – firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Here is the ransom note that the Poqw ransomware shows to its victims:
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.
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
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Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
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How did the Poqw ransomware get on my computer?
The Poqw ransomware spreads by placing websites to download hacked programs or games. They try to keep their eye on all hype themes which can be chosen to spread ransomware. New games introductions, new popular movies – Poqw developers make everything to get their victims on that. One of the most common techniques these burglars utilize is one-day sites with torrent downloading links. Nonetheless, following the modern things is not the single way these burglars use. Methods that have already turned into standard, such as e-mail spamming, are likewise usual for STOP/Djvu ransomware spreading.
Preventing this ransomware does not require a lot of initiative. Following the regular rules of PC hygiene will substantially decrease all hazards. Keep in mind that opening all documents you receive on e-mail is not a good idea. Even worse scenario is to allow macros in Microsoft Office documents. But it is better to prevent the malware intrusion at the moment when you have only opened the e-mail message. Inspecting the sender’s address can say a lot about what you can expect, as well as when you see things like “firstname.lastname@example.org”– it is likely a legitimate email. Meanwhile, stuff that tries to look like Amazon or FedEx delivery notification, however, uses the email address of “email@example.com”– need to make you be on the alarm. Above, you can see the example of such a message.
Outlaw sources of various digital things need some additional explanation. Violating copyright law surely exposes you to the risk of being fined. However, utilizing torrent trackers or third-party websites to download “free” programs likewise exposes you to a wide range of malware. Nobody can control anonymous individuals who launch the torrent seeding or release the hacked program version on the website with pirated software.
Poqw virus removal instructions.
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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 Poqw ransomware
In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Poqw 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.
- You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
- When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
- Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Poqw files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
- 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 .poqw 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 Poqw 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.
Remove POQW Ransomware Virus (DECRYPT .poqw FILES)
Name: POQW Virus
Description: POQW Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific poqw extension. POQW ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.
Offer price: 480
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Virus
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