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Poteston Ransomware

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Poteston is a ransomware infection that has been detected to infect computers worldwide. It has been developed to cause permanent damage to machines it infects. First, the virus invades computer systems via shady techniques. Then it corrupts various essential settings. The worst impact which Poteston ransomware causes is the encryption of personal data. Files corrupted by this ransomware are marked with the extension .Poteston.

The locked .Poteston files could be recovered by a decryption tool possessed by hackers. Like a typical ransomware infection, the Poteston will create its ransom demanding note on the compromised system in order to extort a ransom payment from victims. If you want to secure your PC and try to recover .Poteston files, keep up with this ransomware removal guide, and avoid following hackers’ instructions.

Poteston Summary

Name Poteston also known as Trojan.GenericKD.46508026, Gen:NN.ZemsilF.34758.ru0@a8PQ2sm, Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.B!ml
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A data locker ransomware that utilizes combination of two sophisticated cipher algorithms to encrypt valuable files stored on devices it infects and requests payment for .Poteston files recovery.
Symptoms Important files are corrupted and renamed with the .Poteston extension. Ransom note appears on screen to extors a ransom payment.
Ransom Notes readme.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Corrupted Web Pages
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Poteston Virus Infecton in Detail

Hackers utilize various shady distribution methods to deliver Poteston virus on computer systems. All the methods aim to trick you to activate the ransomware payload on your PC without supposing that this action will lead to serious malware infection.

As main spread method is considered malwspam. It enables hackers to launch massive spam email campaigns against a large number of people. These messages pose as legitimate companies/businesses – internet providers, banking institutions, popular websites, delivery companies, and sometimes governmental institutions.

When the Poteston virus runs on your PC, it is likely to establish a bunch of malicious files. They will help it to complete its complex attack. By activating those malicious files, the ransomware can find a way to prevent being detected, obtain rights to automatically load every time you start the system and force the system to load its ransom note at the end of the attack.

Malicious files installed by the Poteston ransomware could be found inside the following system folders:

  • \Desktop\
  • \User_folders\
  • \%TEMP%\

As reported this infection presents its victims with a specific ransom note. So if you are a victim of this threat, you are likely to find the file readme.txt somewhere on the infected machine. Below you can see the content of this file:

All of your files such as Document, photos ,Databases, etc… has been successfully encrypted! are encrypted by Poteston Ransomware

What guarantees do we give to you?

You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.

and files should not contain valuable information (databases, backups, large excel sheets, etc.).

After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.

Contact us using this email address: recovery_Potes@firemail.de

Attention!

* Do not rename encrypted files.

* Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it

Your personal ID : –

The note contains details on how to contact hackers (via the email recovery_Potes@firemail.de), and what other steps you should do according to hackers.

.Poteston Files

The main stage of the whole attack is the data encryption. It transforms files by making them completely inaccessible. Unfortunately, an infection with this crypto virus could lead to the corruption of valuable files including but not limiting to your:

  • Audio files;
  • Video files;
  • Document files;
  • Image files;
  • Backup files;
  • Banking credentials, etc.

Upon encryption, all corrupted files appear with the extension .Poteston at the end of their names.

Remove Poteston Ransomware Virus and Restore Data

Below you could find how a step-by-step Poteston ransomware removal guide. Since the manual removal approach demands a bit of technical experience and knowledge of how to recognize malicious traits left on the system, we included an automatic approach for all of you who don’t feel like dealing with ransomware manually. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. This, in turn, prevents you from using the infected machine securely until the moment when you clean all malware files from it.

Beware that before beginning the data recovery process shown in the guide you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive. This step is important as it will help you to prevent irreversibly losing your files.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Poteston from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Poteston

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Poteston and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Poteston on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Poteston there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Poteston with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Poteston.

Ransomware infections and Poteston aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Poteston from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Poteston and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Poteston:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Poteston. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Poteston. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Poteston via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Poteston. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Poteston.

Ransomware infections and Poteston aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Poteston FAQ

What is Poteston ransomware and how does it work?

Poteston is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Poteston ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Poteston Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Poteston is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Poteston files?

You can't. At this point the .Poteston files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Poteston files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Poteston ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Poteston" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Poteston files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Poteston ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Poteston ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Poteston files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Poteston ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

1 Comment
  1. Tomás

    gracias por el articulo muy bueno, estuve infectado con un ransomware, formatee mi disco donde tenia el sistema, pero mi problema es que mis otros discos quedaron todos los archivos encriptados, tengo un texto para contactarme y pagar para mi recuperacion. la extención de la encriptacion es: QSCX preciso ayuda mi trabajo corre peligro

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