This article has been created in order to explain what is GPGQwerty ransomware and how to remove it from your computer. In addition, some alternative data recovery methods that could help infected users are listed.
GPGQwerty ransomware infiltrates computer systems to encrypt particular types of files and then demands a ransom for their decryption. Thus, it is classified as a data locker ransomware. In case of infection corrupted files have two extensions appended to their original names. The first extension is random string of several numbers while the second is the fixed .qwerty. In addition, a ransom message blackmails victims into transferring an amount of 0.1 BTC to hackers’ wallet. Keep reading to understand how to remove the nasty crypto infection and restore .qwerty files without paying the ransom.
|Short Description||The ransomware virus encrypts files on your PC and drops a ransom note that demands payment for the decryption of .qwerty files.|
|Symptoms||This ransomware encrypts important files and then renames them with the double extension |
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by GPGQwerty |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
GPGQwerty Ransomware – Distribution
As hackers are constantly searching for new human and system weaknesses they can distribute the ransomware payload with the help of various techniques. The malicious code may be contained almost everywhere – emails, social media, advertisements, various websites, free software, torrent files, etc.
The payload may be embedded in a word document as a malicious macro script. Once a compromised document is opened on a target host it triggers GPGQwerty infection especially if the macros are enabled. That’s why you need to disable the macros in the Office pack and prevent the intrusion of malware infections that utilize them as a gateway.
The payload may also be injected into web pages that initiate drive-by download attacks each time a user visits them. The links of these web pages can be presented in crafted email messages that are trying to trick you into infecting your device with the ransomware.
GPGQwerty Ransomware – More Information
Once GPGQwerty ransomware is running on the system it initiates a sequence of malicious activities to plague the system so it can encrypt target data and ensure persistent presence on the infected host.
If the ransomware payload doesn’t incorporate all necessary malicious files and objects, it may connect to hacker’s controlled server and drop all files on the system. GPGQwerty may also be designed to create specific files and hooks up to system processes.
The infection GPGQwerty is likely to drop malicious files in several essential Windows system folders:
Specific sub-keys of the Registry Editor could be affected as well. Mostly ransomware infections target the Run and RunOnce registry sub-keys as they manage all files and objects that start automatically on each system load. Thus, the following directories may contain malicious values after infection with GPGQwerty ransomware:
Eventually, the ransomware drops a ransom note file on the desktop in order to blackmail victims into paying an amount of 0.1 BTC for the decryption tool. The ransom message is a text file named README_DECRYPT.txt and all it reads is:
Your computer is encrypted. All data will be lost if you do not pay 0.1 BTC to the specified BTC wallet 3M3QNTzEpEzFqzUtXZRT5FjG1YWfVDyh9K after payment you will receive the decryption code from this mail [email protected], send your ID 3782. Before paying you can send to us up to 1 files for free decryption.
Please note: that files must NOT contain valuable information and their total size must be less than 1Mb
Under no circumstances, you should pay hackers the ransom or contact them. First, there is no guarantee that they will send you a working decryption solution as the encryption component incorporated into the ransomware may be broken. So it is possible that even hackers cannot decrypt your .[numbers].qwerty files. Second, there are reliable alternative data recovery solutions that can be an efficient solution for your encrypted data. Some of them are listed in our detailed guide at the end of the article. And last but not least, there are many security and malware researchers who are investigating GPGQwerty ransomware samples so they are likely to release a free decryption tool once they crack the code.
GPGQwerty Ransomware – Files Encryption
The main goal of GPGQwerty crypto virus is to modify the original code of target files and render them completely unusable. So once it compromises the system settings it runs a scan of all drives to locate target files and encrypt them.
Likewise, most data locking malware, GPGQwerty is likely to encrypt all types of files that are commonly used to store important information. In case of infection, you won’t be able open all your documents, images, text files, videos, databases, projects, music and other valuable data of yours.
After encryption all corrupted files remain out of order until the proper decryption solution is applied to them. In addition they are all marked with double extension that follows the pattern:
What’s more the ransomware deletes all shadow volume copies created by your Windows system as they may be used as data recovery way.
Remove GPGQwerty Ransomware and Restore Files
The step-by-step removal guide below provides both manual and automatic approaches. Beware that the removal of GPGQwerty crypto virus is not an easy task. It is a severe threat that plagues the whole system. Security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool for maximum efficiency.
After you fulfill the removal process make sure to check the “Restore Files” step available in our guide below. But before that be advised to back up all encrypted files to an external drive and prevent their irreversible loss.
Manually delete GPGQwerty from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the GPGQwerty threat: Manual removal of GPGQwerty requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.