Published Dec 09, 2010 | Updated Jan 10, 2018

Ransom:Win32/Genasom.BQ

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: Win-Trojan/Ransom.10752 (AhnLab) Win32/Gpcode.K (AVG) TR/Ransom.BQ (Avira) Win32/Ransom.EX (CA) Trojan.Encoder.88 (Dr.Web) Win32/Gpcode.NAE (ESET) Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Gpcode.ax (Kaspersky) GPcoder.j (McAfee) Trojan.Gpcoder.G (Symantec) TROJ_RANSOM.EWQ (Trend Micro)

Summary

Windows Defender Antivirus detects and removes this threat.

This threat stops you from opening your files and displays a message, commonly called a "lock screen".

It tries to scare you into paying a fine to unlock your PC.

You can read more on our ransomware page.

The trend towards increasingly sophisticated malware behavior, highlighted by the use of exploits and other attack vectors, makes older platforms so much more susceptible to ransomware attacks. From June to November 2017, Windows 7 devices were 3.4 times more likely to encounter ransomware compared to Windows 10 devices.

Read our latest report: A worthy upgrade: Next-gen security on Windows 10 proves resilient against ransomware outbreaks in 2017.

Microsoft doesn’t recommend you pay the fine. 

If you've already paid, see our ransomware page for help on what to do now.

Run antivirus or antimalware software

The following free Microsoft software detects and removes this threat:

Even if we've already detected and removed this particular threat, running a full scan might find other malware that is hiding on your PC.

Advanced troubleshooting

To restore your PC, you might need to download and run Windows Defender Offline. See our advanced troubleshooting page for more help.

You can also ask for help from other PC users at the Microsoft virus and malware community.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

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