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Remove GPGQwerty Ransomware – Restore .qwerty Files

Remove GPGQwerty Ransomware Restore .qwerty Files

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.

Threat Summary

Name GPGQwerty
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
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 .qwerty. The access to encrypted files is restricted. A ransom payment is demanded.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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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:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Windows%

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:

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

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 cryz1@protonmail.com, 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:

→.[numbers].qwerty

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.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove GPGQwerty from Windows.


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

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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 GPGQwerty 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 GPGQwerty 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 GPGQwerty 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 GPGQwerty 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.

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

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

Ransomware infections and GPGQwerty 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 GPGQwerty from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall GPGQwerty 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 GPGQwerty:

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 GPGQwerty. 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 GPGQwerty. 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 GPGQwerty 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 GPGQwerty. 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 GPGQwerty.

Ransomware infections and GPGQwerty 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.


GPGQwerty FAQ

What is GPGQwerty ransomware and how does it work?

GPGQwerty 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 GPGQwerty ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.GPGQwerty 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 GPGQwerty 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 .GPGQwerty files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like GPGQwerty 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.

2 Comments

  1. AvatarAjendra Raj Dangol

    Didnt find Restore .qwerty Files part.

    Reply
    1. Gergana IvanovaGergana Ivanova (Post author)

      Hey Ajendra,

      You could find the restore part in the guide at the end of the article. It is in step two “Restore files encrypted by GPGQwerty” available under the automatic removal approach. When you click on it you will see instructions how to use alternative data recovery methods.

      Reply

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