Powd Virus

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*Powd is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remov

Powd

Powd is a very harmful and advanced threat of the Ransomware virus category and it can block all your data in just a couple of minutes. Files blocked by Powd are no longer accessible through regular means and require a secret key to be opened.

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Even if the Ransomware virus category is not as widespread or as prevalent as the representatives of the infamous Trojan Horse family, threats like Powd, Powz, Pohj are undoubtedly some of the most advanced forms of malware that can infect a given computer. They are very stealthy, often cannot be detected by even the most advanced antivirus programs, and, most of all, use very advanced encryption algorithms to ensure that, once their work is done, nobody would be able to gain access to the files locked by them unless he or she is in possession of the private decryption key that the Ransomware generates during the encryption procedure.

The Powd virus

The Powd virus is a dangerous and stealthy malware piece that blackmails its victims by asking them to pay a ransom if they want to access their files. The Powd virus is almost undetectable while encrypting the targeted files as it shows almost no symptoms.

Once it finishes putting encryption on the files of its victims, this infection promptly generates a message on the attacked computer’s desktop that contains the hackers’ terms as well as strict and detailed instructions on how to complete the ransom payment that is supposed to be carried out before the user can receive the decryption key for their data.

If you have already seen such a message on your screen and are currently wondering about what the best course of action might be, we have some good and some bad news for you.

The good news is that Powd has probably not damaged and will not damage your computer. This means that, even if the encrypted files remain inaccessible, you should still be able to use the computer as per normal.

The bad news is that, even if you manage to remove the cryptovirus (instructions on this down below), the data would still remain inaccessible and the decryption key would still be required to lift the encryption.

The Powd file

The Powd file is a data piece locked by this Ransomware that cannot be accessed without the application of the matching decryption key. The Powd file is not harmful and will not spread the infection but, in most cases, cannot be recovered without the key.

Powd File

If you do not want to pay the hackers yet still get your data back, there are a few things that you could try and we show them to you after the removal section of the following guide. Keep in mind that, even if you are ready and willing to pay the ransom, it is still not something that we would advise you to do. Going for this option could easily backfire and result in money loss without any of your files getting recovered in the end. That is why we always advise the readers of our Ransomware-removal articles to stick to the instructions from our guides and only consider the payment if there is really no other available option.

SUMMARY:

NamePowd
TypeRansomware
Detection Tool

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

Remove Powd Ransomware

You are dealing with a ransomware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. The guide below covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Powd is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to decrypt and recover your encrypted files (if it is currently possible).


Step1

To begin, ensure that you have bookmarked this guide’s page so that you can easily return to it and complete all the steps necessary to remove the ransomware. At some point during the process, you will be required to close the browser.

Next, for the easier detection of Powd, we recommend that you reboot the infected computer in Safe Mode. If you don’t know how, use the instructions from the link and then, get back to this guide that you have bookmarked.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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

Once the computer reboots in Safe Mode, press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys from the keyboard. This will open the Windows Task Manager on the screen. Choose the Processes tab, and then search through it carefully for problematic processes that are associated with Powd.

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If you have reason to believe that a particular process might put your computer at risk, right-click on that process, and choose Open File Location. Next, drag and drop the files of that process in the free online virus scanner and start a scan:

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    When you get the results from the scan, you will know whether the suspicious process is indeed harmful or not. In the event that the files are identified as malicious, navigate to the Processes tab, right-click on the process that is related to these files, and select End Process Tree from the quick menu. Next, delete all the files and folders that can be found in the File location folder.

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    In the third step, hit the Windows key and the R key at the same time. A Run window will open. Then, paste the following line in the Run box and press Enter:

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

    After you do that, you should see a file named Hosts to open in Notepad. Search the text of the file for Localhost and look at the IP addresses that are written below:

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    If there’s anything unusual in the IP’s that has you worried, please share it with us in the comments section.

    Victims of ransomware may not realize that the malicious software may alter their startup settings. To check for the presence of malicious startup items, open System Configuration by entering msconfig in the Start menu’s search bar and hitting Enter.

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    Once System Configuration opens, go to the tab labeled “Startup“, and uncheck the boxes next to any suspicious entries. Pay attention to startup items that seem suspicious because of their unusual names or unknown manufacturer. When you’re done making changes, click OK to save them and then close the window.

    Step4

     

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

    Malicious changes to the Registry are a common consequence of a malware infection. That’s why, the next step is to look for malicious entries in the system’s registry. To carry out this process, you need to open the Registry Editor. Type “Regedit” in the Start menu’s search field, then press the Enter key.

    Open a Find box (by pressing CTRL+F) and type the full name of the malware to locate any files related to it. Then, click the Find Next button and if anything matching that name is found in the Registry, delete it.

    Please note that there is a significant risk of system damage if you delete items that are unrelated to the ransomware. If you’re not sure what you’re doing while removing Powd, we recommend using a trustworthy malware removal application like the one available on this page to keep your system safe.

    After ensuring that no more harmful components exist in the registry, you may exit the Registry Editor and return to the Start menu search field. Enter each of the following lines in the search field one by one and open them:

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

    Check to see if anything new (that could be related to Powd) has been added in each of the locations.

    Select everything in the Temp folder, then hit Delete. This will get rid of any temporary files the ransomware may have left behind.

    Step5

    How to Decrypt Powd files

    You’ll need to know exactly which ransomware variant you’re up against and how to eliminate it before you can begin the file recovery process. Files encrypted by ransomware may be distinguishable from one another by the file extensions that have been added to them in the end.

    However, before you can do anything further, you need to make sure your computer is clean of the malware that has attacked you. You can remove Powd by following the steps in the removal guide above, and then check your system with a reputable anti-virus program or an online virus scanner.

    New Djvu Ransomware

    STOP Djvu, a new variant of the Djvu Ransomware strain, is posing a global threat right now. This new variant distinguishes itself from previous infections by attaching the .Powd suffix to encrypted files.

    Even if it might be quite challenging to deal with new ransomware variants, the files encrypted by Powd may be decrypted if an offline key was used during their encryption. Fortunately, there is a decryption tool that you may use to try to recover your files. To download it, visit the link below, and then choose “Download” from the button in the upper right corner of the page.

    https://www.emsisoft.com/ransomware-decryption-tools/stop-djvu

    In order to successfully decrypt your files, you must run the downloaded decryptor in administrator mode and accept the installation by clicking “Yes” in the confirmation dialog box. Please read the license agreement and the on-screen directions before continuing. For data decryption, click the Decrypt button. It’s important to remember that the software may not be able to decode data encrypted using online encryption or unknown offline keys.

    If you have any questions or comments, you can share them below and let us know if this guide has helped you.

     

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    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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