What is Pottieq ransomware?
Pottieq ransomware is the virus, that is infectious and dangerous for any system. Pottieq ransomware can block all the personal files on your computer and makes it unreadable. First Pottieq infiltrates your system, then starts encrypting procedure with AES encryption algorithm. This ransomware adds .id-%ID%-[firstname.lastname@example.org].pip file extension to the name of all the encrypted data. In this article you can learn how to remove Pottieq ransomware and decrypt .id-%ID%-[email@example.com].pip files.
Once data on your computer is encrypted, Pottieq will display the windows with a ransom message. You can find demands and instruction on how to pay the ransom for decryption key in these files. This is what Pottieq ransom note contains:
Attention! Your computer has been attacked by a virus-encoder!
All your files are now encrypted using cryptographically strong algorithm.
Without the original key recovery is impossible. To get the decoder and the original key, you need to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our assistance is not free, so expect to pay a reasonable price for our decrypting services.
No exceptions will be made. In the subject line of your email include the id number, which can be found in the file name of all encrypted files.
It is in your interest to respond as soon as possible to ensure the restoration of your files.
P.S. only in case you do not receive a response from the first email address within 48 hours, please use this alternative email: WillardBrooks6499@gmail.com
Pottieq is a typical ransomware, its main purpose is to force you to pay them. After finishing encrypting process, the ransomware will state that there are no ways to recover your files but to pay ransom. Once you’ve done payment, they are supposed to send you decryption key. But you should know that cyber criminals are not going to give you a decryption key. Mostly they are just ignoring their victims. That’s why there is no need to contact them, it wouldn’t help. Still, Pottieq ransomware does very complicated encryption, but it does not damage, move or delete your files, which means you have chance to restore your personal data.
How to remove Pottieq ransomware from your computer and restore files?
You may try to use anti-malware tool to remove Pottieq ransomware from your computer. Newly advanced ransomware detection technology is able to run an instant ransomware scan, which is perfect to protect your computer in case of a new ransomware attack.
How to decrypt .id-%ID%-[email@example.com].pip files encrypted by Pottieq?
Once you’ve removed virus, you are probably thinking of recovering files from encryption. Let’s take a look at possible ways of decrypting your data.
Decrypt .id-%ID%-[firstname.lastname@example.org].pip files with automated decryption tools
Unfortunately, due to novelty of Pottieq ransomware, there are no available automatic decryptors for this virus yet. Still, there is no need to invest in malicious scheme by paying ransom. You are able to recover files manually.
Decrypt .id-%ID%-[email@example.com].pip files manually
You can try to use one of these methods in order to restore your encrypted data manually.
Recover data with Data Recovery
- Download and install Data Recovery
- Select drives and folders with your files, then click Scan.
- Choose all the files in a folder, then press on Restore button.
- Manage export location.
Restore data with Windows Previous Versions
This feature is working on Windows Vista (not Home version), Windows 7 and later versions. Windows saves copies of files and folders which you can use to restore data on your computer. In order to restore data from Windows Backup, take following steps:
- Open My Computer and search for the folders you want to restore;
- Right-click on the folder and choose Restore previous versions option;
- The option will show you the list of all the previous copies of the folder;
- Select restore date and the option you need: Open, Copy and Restore.
Restore the system with System Restore
You can always try to use System Restore in order to roll back your system to its condition before infection infiltration. All the Windows versions include this option.
- Type restore in the Search tool;
- Click on the result;
- Choose restore point before the infection infiltration;
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
How to protect PC from Pottieq?
It’s pretty difficult task to get rid of any ransomware, including Pottieq. But you can easily prevent any infection of your PC. HitmanPro.Alert’s CryptoGuard can help you with this problem. It’s one of the best anti-ransomware applications. No matter how sneaky it is, HitmanPro.Alert’s CryptoGuard will stop Pottieq infiltration to your system. After detection, this program removes all the related to the ransomware data and prevents your file from being encrypted.