Published Jan 18, 2016 | Updated Sep 15, 2017

Ransom:Win32/Pottieq.A

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: Trojan horse FileCryptor.GBH (AVG) TR/Pottieq.553472 (Avira) Trojan.Encoder.2667 (Dr.Web) Win32/Filecoder.NFQ trojan (ESET) W32/Aura.AAM!tr (Fortinet) Trojan.Win32.FileCoder (Ikarus) Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Aura.aam (Kaspersky)

Summary

Windows Defender  detects and removes this threat.

This ransomware can stop you from using your PC or accessing your data. It might ask you to pay money to a malicious hacker. Threats from this ransomware family can be installed from other malware.

Our ransomware page has more information on this type of threat.

There is no one-size-fits-all response if you have been victimized by ransomware. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will give you access to your files.

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

Run antivirus or antimalware software

Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware.

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.

Use cloud protection

The Microsoft Active Protection Service (MAPS) uses cloud protection to help guard against the latest malware threats. It’s turned on by default for Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender for Windows 10. 

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