Remove Pottieq Ransomware - Restore .pip Files

Remove Pottieq Ransomware – Restore .pip Files

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This article will aid you to remove Pottieq ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Pottieq is a cryptovirus. The virus encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. Files will receive the .pip extension. The Pottieq ransomware will not leave a text message file with ransomware instructions as it might still be worked upon. A wallpaper picture serves as a ransom message, but no address is left as contact, neither a payment website. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files by placing the .pip on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Pottieq Ransomware – Distribution Tactics

The Pottieq ransomware might distribute itself via different tactics. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer device will become infected.

Below, you can see the payload file of the cryptovirus being detected by the VirusTotal service:

Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware located at the corresponding forum thread.

Pottieq Ransomware – In-Depth Analysis

Pottieq is a virus that encrypts your files and opens a ransom note, with instructions inside it, about the compromised computer machine. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files.

It seems that the Pottieq virus is a variant of the BandarChor Ransomware which was popular back in 2016.

Pottieq ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to start the virus automatically with each boot of the Windows Operating System.

After encryption the Pottieq virus might create a ransom message displayed as a picture. The picture with the ransom payment instructions is shown below:

The ransom message has the following contents:

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 [email protected]
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: [email protected]

The message showcased above, stemming from Pottieq ransomware virus, indicates that your files are encrypted.

The following two email addresses are used for contacting the cybercriminals:

You are demanded to pay a ransom sum to allegedly restore your files. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted all over again after payment.

Pottieq Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of the Pottieq ransomware rather simple – every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. Files will get the .pip extension after being locked. The newly added extension will be added as a secondary one, without changing the original, nor the file name. Before the .pip part however, there will be an id and an email address there – for example: .id-9754395699108216-[[email protected]].pip added after the original name and extension.

A list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently unknown. However, if the list becomes available, the article will get updated accordingly.

The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

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

The Pottieq cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the effects of the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove Pottieq Ransomware and Restore .pip Files

If your computer system got infected with the Pottieq ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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