One of the most recent Djvu/STOP ransomware variants is the Pozd ransomware. It is a dangerous piece of malware that encrypts files and then requests payment for a decryptor. This ransomware is dubbed Pozd ransomware because it appends the .pozd extension to encrypted files. If you don’t use a decryptor on the encrypted files first, you won’t be able to open any of them. But acquiring the decryptor is a difficult process that requires paying almost $1,000. The operators of the ransomware will attempt to sell it to you for $980, but even engaging with cybercriminals comes with risks. But file recovery shouldn’t be a problem if you have a backup, provided that you first completely remove Pozd ransomware from your computer.

 

Pozd ransomware note

 

Files are immediately encrypted, and the .pozd extension is added when you open an infected file and initiate the ransomware. For instance, if text.txt were encrypted, it would become text.txt.pozd. Files with this extension will be unopenable until they’re decrypted using a special decryptor. The ransomware will encrypt all of your photos, videos, documents, and other personal data because it mainly targets files that are most valuable to users.

A _readme.txt ransom note will be placed in each folder containing encrypted files after the encryption process is finished. The note explains how victims can obtain the decryptor. Unfortunately, a $980 ransom is demanded from victims. The note suggests that a 50% discount will be applied to victims who contact the cybercriminals within the first 72 hours, but it’s a pretty dubious claim. It is not recommended to pay the ransom or even engage with cyber criminals. Many victims in the past paid the ransom but did not receive a decryptor because there’s nothing obligating the cybercriminals to assist victims.

Pozd ansomware files

Without a backup, there is currently no free way to recover files. Although malware researchers sometimes release free decryptors to assist ransomware victims, at the moment there isn’t one for Pozd ransomware. The Djvu/STOP ransomware family’s variants use online keys to encrypt data, which means each user has a unique key. For a decryptor to work on your files, decryptor developers would need to have your specific key. Therefore, it’s doubtful that a free Pozd ransomware decryptor will be made available unless those keys are released by the malware operators themselves. We should note that it’s not impossible for that to happen. You could also try using Emsisoft’s free decryptor for Djvu/STOP, though it’s not very likely to work.

Once you remove Pozd ransomware from your computer, you can begin recovering your files if you have a backup. Select a reliable anti-virus program for this because attempting to remove it manually could result in even more damage to the computer.

Ransomware distribution methods

Malware can enter a computer in a number of different ways. Malware infections are typically caused by users’ bad internet habits. If you open unsolicited email attachments, click on unknown links, use torrents to pirate copyrighted content, etc., you have a high risk of encountering malware.

Users opening infected email attachments is one of the most common ways malware infects computers. Even though the attempts are frequently quite poor, malicious emails are disguised to look as though they were sent by legitimate companies. We should note that the emails are safe to open but the files attached are not. Fortunately, malicious emails are usually not difficult to identify. The most obvious red flag is when emails supposedly sent by legitimate companies (e.g. banks, parcel delivery services, etc.) have grammar and spelling mistakes. For example, if an email claiming to be a parcel delivery notification has numerous grammar and spelling mistakes, it is almost guaranteed that the file is malicious. Grammar and spelling errors make an email appear unprofessional, thus legitimate companies will try to avoid them as much as possible. The use of generic terms like “User”, “Member”, and “Customer” in place of your name while addressing you is another red flag. Companies whose services you use will always address you by name in emails because it makes the emails feel more personal.

You can also determine whether an email is malicious by checking the sender’s email address. If an email asks that you open an attachment, click on a link, etc., before engaging, always check the sender’s email address. If the email address appears to be random, it is most likely either spam or malicious. Even when an email address appears to be legitimate, you should still make sure the sender is who they claim to be. A search with Google can often be enough.

It’s important to note that some malicious campaigns can be much more sophisticated if they target someone specific. Cybercriminals can make their malicious emails look much more convincing if they have access to the target’s personal information. For instance, the email sent to the target would be error-free, address them by name, and include some information that would give the email more credibility. This is why it’s always recommended to run email attachments through an antivirus program, or at the very least VirusTotal, before opening them.

Finally, torrents can also be used to spread malware. Because torrent sites are so poorly monitored, it is no secret that they are full of torrents with malware in them. It is very common to find malware in torrents for TV shows, video games, movies, and other entertainment content.

Pozd ransomware removal

Because ransomware is a sophisticated infection, it is advised to remove Pozd ransomware with a good anti-malware program. If you attempt to do it manually, there is a risk that you will damage your computer much more. Once the ransomware has been completely removed, you can access your backup and start restoring your files.

File recovery will be far more challenging for users without backups. Unfortunately, a free Pozd ransomware decryptor is not yet available. Even though it isn’t an option right now, a free Pozd ransomware decryptor might be released in the future. Therefore, you should make a backup of your encrypted files and wait. A good source for decryptors is NoMoreRansom.

Quick Menu

Step 1. Delete Pozd (.pozd) ransomware using Safe Mode with Networking.

Remove Pozd (.pozd) ransomware from Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP
  1. Click on Start and select Shutdown.
  2. Choose Restart and click OK. Windows 7 - restart
  3. Start tapping F8 when your PC starts loading.
  4. Under Advanced Boot Options, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Remove Pozd (.pozd) ransomware - boot options
  5. Open your browser and download the anti-malware utility.
  6. Use the utility to remove Pozd (.pozd) ransomware
Remove Pozd (.pozd) ransomware from Windows 8/Windows 10
  1. On the Windows login screen, press the Power button.
  2. Tap and hold Shift and select Restart. Windows 10 - restart
  3. Go to Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Start Settings.
  4. Choose Enable Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking under Startup Settings. Win 10 Boot Options
  5. Click Restart.
  6. Open your web browser and download the malware remover.
  7. Use the software to delete Pozd (.pozd) ransomware

Step 2. Restore Your Files using System Restore

Delete Pozd (.pozd) ransomware from Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP
  1. Click Start and choose Shutdown.
  2. Select Restart and OK Windows 7 - restart
  3. When your PC starts loading, press F8 repeatedly to open Advanced Boot Options
  4. Choose Command Prompt from the list. Windows boot menu - command prompt
  5. Type in cd restore and tap Enter. Uninstall Pozd (.pozd) ransomware - command prompt restore
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. Delete Pozd (.pozd) ransomware - command prompt restore execute
  7. Click Next in the new window and select the restore point prior to the infection. Pozd (.pozd) ransomware - restore point
  8. Click Next again and click Yes to begin the system restore. Pozd (.pozd) ransomware removal - restore message
Delete Pozd (.pozd) ransomware from Windows 8/Windows 10
  1. Click the Power button on the Windows login screen.
  2. Press and hold Shift and click Restart. Windows 10 - restart
  3. Choose Troubleshoot and go to Advanced options.
  4. Select Command Prompt and click Restart. Win 10 command prompt
  5. In Command Prompt, input cd restore and tap Enter. Uninstall Pozd (.pozd) ransomware - command prompt restore
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and tap Enter again. Delete Pozd (.pozd) ransomware - command prompt restore execute
  7. Click Next in the new System Restore window. Get rid of Pozd (.pozd) ransomware - restore init
  8. Choose the restore point prior to the infection. Pozd (.pozd) ransomware - restore point
  9. Click Next and then click Yes to restore your system. Pozd (.pozd) ransomware removal - restore message

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