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What Is Nqsq Virus?

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Nqsq is a nasty ransomware infection, that belongs to the STOP/DJVU virus family. This malware aims to enter your computer and encrypt your files, adding the .nqsq file extension in the process. The main problem with this situation is that the Nqsq virus demands you to pay ransom to get your files back to normal again. This is particularly concerning as the criminals leave a ransom note, called _readme.txt asking to contact them in return for your files and even give a payment deadline.

Read this article to learn more about how Nqsq ransomware works and how to remove it and try restoring .nqsq virus files.

Nqsq Virus Summary

Name Nqsq, also known as UDS:Trojan.Win32.Chapak.gen, Ransom:Win32/StopCrypt.KM!MTB, Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj], Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj], A Variant Of Win32/GenKryptik.FHJB
File Extension .Nqsq
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The Nqsq Virus ransomware will encrypt your files by appending the .nqsq extension to them.
Ransom Demanding Note _readme.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Nqsq Virus – What Is Known So Far

Nqsq virus is yet another iteration of the notorious STOP Ransomware viruses and the latest ones of this virus include .wiot, .tisc and .mppq ones.

The Nqsq virus may infect your computer system via one of the two following methods, which are often used by about 80% of ransomware viruses worldwide:

  • If it is sent to you in the form of an e-mail attachment.
  • If you have downloaded it from some shady site as an executable program.

If you have received an e-mail, containing the Nqsq virus as an attachment, then there is a strong chance these files could be one of the following fake documents, masked to be coming from some big company or organization:

  • Work files.
  • Invoices.
  • Flight tickets.
  • Receipts.

Not only this but also the Nqsq virus can infect you if you have visited some type of suspicious or low-reputation type of website and downloaded one of the following files you may have been looking for:

  • Drivers.
  • Portable executables.
  • Keygens.
  • Patches.
  • Fake installers.
  • Cracks.

When the Nqsq virus infects your computer it may connect to a remote server, from where this infection will secretly download the virus files onto one of the following system directories:

  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %AppData%
  • %Temp%
  • %SystemDrive%

Then, this ransomware may also set a _readme.txt ransom note so that you can see it. This note contains the extortionist message and may appear like the following:

STOP ransomware virus ransom message

The Nqsq virus uses the AES-256 cipher to lock the victim’s files. The ransomware could use an online or offline decryption key, it depends on whether it will be able to establish a connection with its command and control server (C&C server) at the beginning of the encryption process. In the event it doesn’t succeed to connect its C&C server, corrupted files could be decrypted by an offline decryption key. This, in turn, means that the free decryption tool released by Emsisoft may recover .nqsq files. You can find this tool in our article about DJVU/STOP ransomware.

In all other cases, the recovery of locked .nqsq files can happen with the help of the decryption tool owned by hackers. For this purpose, cybercriminals expect victims to contact them at manager@mailtemp.ch email address and ask for more details on how the ransom could be paid. As it becomes clear from their ransom message shown by the _readme.txt file, they promise a 50% discount off the regular price for the first 72 hours after the infection. Afterward, the price becomes $980. It should be probably paid in any cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, Monero, Litecoin, etc.

Another impact the Nqsq variant of STOP ransomware could cause is the creation of entries in the Run and RunOnce sub-keys of Windows Registry Editor. Those sub-keys are located in the following directories and you should clear malicious entries added there in order to secure your infected PC:

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

The outcome of this process is that virus files start running automatically each time you switch on the infected Windows system. Checking and finding these value entries may help you manually locate and delete the virus.

.nqsq Files

The Nqsq virus encrypts the following file types by running a scan of all the folders of your computer outside of Windows ones:

  • Documents (.docx, .pptx, etc.).
  • Audio files (.mp3, .wav, etc.).
  • Archive file types (.zip, .rar, etc).
  • Images (.jpg, .png, .etc).
  • Videos (.mp4, .avi, etc.).
  • Other.

After it encrypts your files, the virus ads the .nqsq file extension to them, making them appear like the following:

New Text Document.txt.nqsq

It is definitely advisable that you refrain from paying the ransom. Contacting hackers hides additional risks for your online security and privacy. The best working solution to restore lost data is by using available backups. If you don’t have any, you can consider the help of alternative data recovery methods. You can find a few of them in the removal guide that follows.

Remove Nqsq Virus and Try to Restore Files

To remove Nqsq ransomware from your computer system, we would strongly suggest that you follow the removal instructions we have created underneath this article. These steps are made with the main goal to best assist you to detect and delete this ransomware from your computer effectively. For the best removal experts recommend scanning for and deleting the Nqsq virus automatically by using anti-malware software.

Nqsq virus is the kind of software that has been created mainly to encrypt your files. It generates a unique key after decryption that may not always be available for free online in a decryptor software, published by cyber-security researchers. So if a STOP Decryptor software does not solve the problem with .nqsq files, you may try the alternative file recovery methods down below. They have been created with the idea to help you recover as many files as possible, but be advised that they are not a 100% solution to this ransomware.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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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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How to Remove Nqsq from Windows.


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

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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 Nqsq 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 Nqsq 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 Nqsq 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.

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Step 4: Scan for Nqsq 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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

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

Ransomware infections and Nqsq 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 Nqsq from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Nqsq 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 Nqsq:

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 Nqsq. 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 Nqsq. 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 Nqsq 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 Nqsq. 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 Nqsq.

Ransomware infections and Nqsq 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.


Nqsq FAQ

What is Nqsq ransomware and how does it work?

Nqsq 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 Nqsq ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Nqsq 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 Nqsq 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 .Nqsq files?

You can't. At this point the .Nqsq 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 .Nqsq files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Nqsq 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 ".Nqsq" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Nqsq 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 Nqsq 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 Nqsq ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Nqsq files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Nqsq 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.

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