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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans

Pojie Ransomware

Do you always double-check with the sender when you receive some weird files? Maybe the text in the message sounds really urgent, and it pushes you into opening the attached file? If that’s the case, perhaps you encountered the distribution email for Pojie Ransomware. It is a malicious computer infection that can lock up your files and leave you hanging while it tries to force you to pay the ransom fee. Please refrain from paying anything to these criminals. Simply remove Pojie Ransomware from your system and then look for other ways to restore your data.

The truth is that we all can avoid something like Pojie Ransomware as long as we are careful enough. Although ransomware usually travels via spam email attachments, the malicious installer files could also reach us through drive-by downloads, torrent sites, pop-ups, and redirects. Whenever you encounter something that doesn’t look like a legitimate program, you should shut down that window or the download process immediately.

Of course, sometimes, it could be quite challenging to tell whether you received a legitimate file or some malicious infection installer. That’s especially hard if you have to deal with multiple attachments at work. Sometimes you could miss a thing just because it’s so common. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of scanning the received files with a security tool of your choice before opening them. This would definitely decrease the chance of getting infected with Pojie Ransomware.

On the other hand, you wouldn’t be reading this entry if you had nothing to do with Pojie Ransomware, right? So, we would like to tell you more about the infection, but the truth is that it is rather generic, and it doesn’t look like it belongs to any of the prominent ransomware infection families. The unique thing about this program is that it displays its ransom note in Chinese, and this might mean that the infection is intended for Chinese-speaking users. If you don’t speak Chinese and yet you were infected with this program, it means that you somehow got tangled into the ransomware distribution network. Maybe it was some website you visited or maybe some old page where you’ve registered with the email that received the installation file.

So, if Pojie Ransomware entered your system, it will have your PC scanned at once, detecting all the files it can encrypt. You can be sure that this program encrypts most of the personal files. The encryption doesn’t take long. When it’s over, all the affected files receive the additional “52pojie” extension at the end of their names, and you can see at once which files were locked up.

As mentioned, Pojie Ransomware also drops a ransom note. You might not be able to read the ransom note if you cannot read Chinese, but the email address in the note is clear: Technically, you’re supposed to use this email to contact the criminals who infected you with Pojie Ransomware, so you could find out more about file decryption. But there is no guarantee these people would issue the decryption key even if you were to pay the ransom. We don’t even know how much these people ask for file decryption. It’s likely that the fee for each infected system could be different, too.

Since there’s no public decryption tool at the moment, you might have to rely on a file backup. A file backup refers to an offline or an online storage space where you keep copies of your files. Maybe you back up your files automatically once you create them on your computer? If that’s the case, and you can access your files online from a different computer, restoring them should be no problem. Also, if you don’t have a backup, you should still address a professional who could offer more file recovery options.

As for Pojie Ransomware, you can remove this infection manually by following the removal guidelines below. If you want to be sure that you get rid of all the malicious files, you can scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner after manual removal. If more malicious files are detected, make sure to terminate them automatically with the security tool of your choice.

How to Remove Pojie Ransomware

  1. Press Win+R and enter %UserProfile%. Press OK.
  2. Navigate to to Documents.
  3. Delete a recent EXE file with a random name.
  4. Run a full system scan.
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