Powz Virus

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


Powz is a ransomware cryptovirus that can encrypt any digital data that you keep on your computer without your knowledge. If you unexpectedly detect a message on your computer that asks for a ransom to be paid to have access to your files, you will know that you have been infected with Powz.

The Powz ransom note

If you are on this page, you are probably interested to know if there is any way around this ransomware infection and whether you can decrypt your files without paying a ransom. Fortunately, this is exactly what you will find on this page. Our “How to remove” team has dedicated the whole article to Powz and its specifics and has published a comprehensive guide that explains how to detect and remove this highly dangerous ransomware infection. Aside from the manual instructions, you will find a professional removal tool that will help you scan your entire device for malware and remove any hidden malicious files. There is also a section with file-recovery suggestions which provide alternatives to the ransom payment that the hackers behind Powz, .Sglh or .Vvoa, demand from you.

The Powz virus

The Powz virus is a disgusting infection from the ransomware class that is used for money extortion. If your computer has been infected with the Powz virus, the files that you store on your hard disk will secretly become encrypted and you won’t be able to use them until you pay a ransom for their decryption key.

The job of the cryptovirus is to render the victims’ most valuable and most commonly used files inaccessible by converting them into a complex combination of symbols that cannot be recognized by any program. In this way, it prevents the users from having access to the encrypted files and asks them to “purchase” a uniquely generated decryption key from the hackers behind the infection. Even the file extension of the affected files may be replaced so that they become unreadable by the system. In the end, the ransomware will generate a notice on the screen of the victims which will provide them with instructions on how to pay the ransom. In exchange for the money, the crooks promise that they will send the decryption key. The fraudsters typically ask for Bitcoins, since this is an untraceable online currency that lets them remain anonymous but once they get the money, they rarely keep their promise and simply vanish without sending any file-recovery solution back to the victims.

The Powz file encryption

The Powz file encryption is a specially generated sequence of symbols that can only be reverted with the help of a specific key for decryption. The Powz file encryption can be applied to documents, databases, archives, videos and audios, images and all kinds of data you store on the infected computer.

Powz File

Since paying the ransom doesn’t give any guarantee about the successful recovery of your files, our suggestion is that you explore other file-recovery options such as the ones in the removal guide below. You can also use personal backup copies from a cloud or external drive. Not less important is to remove the ransomware from the computer because if you don’t do so, any new data that you create or recover may get encrypted again.


Detection Tool

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

Remove Powz Ransomware


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



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

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.



    Hold the Start Key and R copy + paste the following and click OK:

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

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

    hosts_opt (1)


    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:



    Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

    • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.


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

    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.

    Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

    Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

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

    Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!



    How to Decrypt Powz files

    To begin the file recovery process, you must have a good understanding of ransomware and the steps necessary to eradicate it. Examining the file extensions that have been appended to your encrypted files might help you identify the exact ransomware variant that has infected you among different types of ransomware.

    Nonetheless, before you take any step towards file recovery, you should carefully clean your computer of the malware. To do this, either follow the steps above to get rid of the threat or use a reputable antivirus program or a free online virus scanner to check your system.

    New Djvu Ransomware

    STOP Djvu Ransomware is a new variant of ransomware that threatens users worldwide. This variant may be easily distinguished from others thanks to the .Powz extension that it adds to the encrypted files.

    It is difficult to cope with emerging ransomware strains in general. However, if you go to the URL below and click the “Download” button on the page that appears, you’ll be able to download a decryptor that may decode the STOP Djvu encryption and recover your files.

    Decryption tool

    To decrypt files, you’ll need to launch the decryptor as an administrator and click on the Decrypt button inside the program. Please take a few moments to read the license agreement and the instructions for use before continuing. However, we regret to inform you that this program may not be able to decode data encrypted using unknown offline keys or online encryption.

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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