Poqw Virus

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*Poqw is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.


Poqw is a form of harmful malware capable of locking all personal data present on your computer in a matter of minutes. In most cases of infection with Poqw, the user remains oblivious to the ongoing locking-up process right up until their data becomes inaccessible.

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The Poqw virus ransom note

In case most of the personal files on your computer seem to have suddenly become inaccessible and you are currently unable to open any of them no matter what software program you try to use for the job, then you are likely facing a malware program of the Ransomware cryptovirus category named Poqw. This insidious and malicious piece of code is used by its creators for nefarious blackmailing schemes. The malware program enters the computer unnoticed and uses its advanced encryption to make all files located in the hard-drives of the infected machine inaccessible if the person who tries to access them doesn’t have a special key. Of course, the said key is held by the hackers and is offered to their victims in exchange for a certain sum of money.

The Poqw virus

The Poqw virus is one of the many so-called Ransomware cryptoviruses – a group of malicious programs that lock user data and demand a ransom. The Poqw virus applies advanced encryption to the targeted files and only a special decryption key can reverse this process.

The ransom is typically requested as soon as the encryption completes, via a note that gets shown on the infected machine’s desktop. The said note contains detailed information about what Poqw has done to the files as well as about the specific way the money is supposed to be transferred. Usually, the hackers demand that the payment is made using the BitCoin currency or some other cryptocurrency. That way, the authorities are going to be unable to trace the transaction back to the hacker and the latter would be able to remain anonymous. This, however, makes it likely that in many cases, the criminals may not really send back a decryption key to their victims and instead simply disappear with the money. This is certainly a situation in which you don’t want to be in and for this reason we believe it is better to first try to sort this out on your own instead of presenting the blackmailers with your money. In case you are interested in exploring some potential alternative solutions, we advise you to have a look at the guidelines in the Poqw removal guide that will be presented to you next. 

The Poqw file decryption

The Poqw file decryption is the only surefire way of getting your data back after this virus has encrypted it. The Poqw file decryption, however, may not be possible without the decryption key so you may end up having to resort to some alternative options.

Poqw File

If you follow our guide ad if you use the anti-malware tool included in it, you should be able to clean your computer and make sure that Poqw is no longer in it. This, however, wouldn’t really guarantee anything about the future of the locked data. To potentially regain access to the files, you will need to try out some additional methods of dealing with the Poqw or Zoqw encryption. We have several suggestions in a separate part of the guide but we can give no promises as to how effective they may turn out to be in each case of a Ransomware infection. Still, we recommend you try this approach first instead if directly opting for the payment “solution” because, as we already pointed out earlier in the post, this may oftentimes end with the victim simply wasting their money and still not getting any of their files restored. In case you have any further questions that may have been left unanswered by this guide, you can ask them in our comments section down below.


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*Poqw is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

Remove Poqw Ransomware


The first thing that you will need to do is a computer restart. Therefore, bookmarking this page in your browser before that is highly recommended and will ensure that you can instantly reload it as soon as your computer reboots.

You should now restart your computer but not in the regular way. Instead, you need to reboot it in Safe Mode to limit down the number of processes and apps only to the most necessary ones. This will make your job of detecting and removing the traces of the ransomware much easier.

Once the system reboots, return to this page for the remaining Poqw removal steps. Click on the Start menu button (bottom left) and type msconfig in the search bar.

After that, press Enter to open the System Configuration window. Then click on the Startup tab at the top of the window.


Then, if you see that Poqw has added harmful Startup Items to the list, you should best remove their checkmark to deactivate them. However, make sure you don’t uncheck legitimate system entries and entries related to your trusted programs. In case of doubt, you can research the startup items online and decide what to do with them based on the information that you discover.



*Poqw is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

Next, open the Task Manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC) and click on the Processes Tab to see whether there are any active malicious processes that might be operating in the background.


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Right-clicking on a suspicious process will open its menu, where you need to select Open File Location. Use the free online virus scanner provided below to check the files of that process for malicious code.

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    An infected process may be recognized just by the presence of a single potentially harmful file during the scan. As a result, your next step should be to stop the running processes and remove the malicious files from the computer.


    In the third step, you’ll need to use the WinKey and R key combination from the keyboard and open a Run window. Inside that window, copy and paste the following line and click the OK button:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A file named Hosts will open in Notepad. Make sure you scroll the text of the file down to Localhost and check what is written below. If you see any malicious IP addresses in the file, let us know by leaving us a comment. What you should be on the lookout for is shown in the following image:

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    *Poqw is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

    The most difficult step that will help you to fully remove the ransomware is finding and deleting any dangerous registry entries that Poqw may have added there.

    Attention!Inexperienced users should avoid making any changes to the Registry and, instead, use a professional removal tool (such as the one recommended on this page) to clean the system of any malicious files that may be lurking there.

    If you still want to use the manual method, start the Registry Editor by typing Regedit into the Windows Search field and pressing Enter.

    Next, when the Registry Editor opens, press CTRL and F together and type the name of the ransomware in the Find window. After that, click the Find Next button. The Registry should then be searched for entries with that name, and if any are found, they should be deleted since they may be connected to the virus.

    Checking a few more system locations where malicious files might be hiding is also a good idea. We recommend you type the following lines into the Windows Search Field one by one and search them for items that were created around the time the ransomware attack occurred:

    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%

    Delete everything in the Temp folder, and keep an eye out for suspicious-looking files or subfolders in the rest of the locations.


    How to Decrypt Poqw files

    In order to recover from a ransomware attack, great attention must be given to the ransomware variant that has infected you, as the methods needed to deal with it may be different. The extensions added to the files encrypted by the ransomware might help identify its variant. 

    First,  however, you need to make sure that the ransomware infection has been completely eliminated from your machine. We recommend you to use the manual removal guide provided above, a professional anti-virus program, an online virus scanner or a combination of all of the above, to ensure that Poqw has been completely removed from your computer.

    As far as your encrypted files are concerned, there is a program below that may help you recover your data if Poqw is the variant that has infected your computer.

    New Djvu Ransomware

    STOP Djvu, a new strain of the Djvu Ransomware, is attacking people in a global scale. The .Poqw suffix makes it easier to identify this particular variant from other malware that use the same technique.

    As we all know, new variants of ransomware may be extremely difficult to deal with but, there is still hope if an offline key was used for encryption of the files encoded with Poqw. What is more, there is a decryption tool that you may use to try to recover your data. You may download the decryptor to your computer by clicking the link below and then clicking the Download button on the page.


    The decryption process

    Run the decryptor as an administrator and hit the Yes button to start the file. Take a few minutes to through the license agreement and the instructions on the screen before moving further. Next, click the Decrypt button in order to decrypt your information. Please be aware that files encrypted with unknown offline keys or files encrypted online may not be decrypted by the program.


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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