.QH24 Files Virus (Matrix) - How to Remove It

.QH24 Files Virus (Matrix) – How to Remove It

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In this article, you will find more information about .QH24 files virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from an infected system and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.

The .QH24 files virus is another ransomware that belongs to Matrix threat family. Once activated on a computer system it interferes with essential settings in an attempt to localize certain types of files and encodes them with sophisticated cipher algorithm. Following encryption, corrupted files display the extension .QH24 in their names. The fact that you are no longer able to access them is misused by hackers who blackmail you into transferring them a ransom for a decryption tool.

Threat Summary

Name.QH24 Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that utilizes strond cihper algorithm to encrypt files on stored on the infected computer. Then it demands a ransom for decryption solution.
SymptomsImportant files are locked and renamed with .QH24 extension. They remain unusable until a ransom is paid.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.QH24 Files Virus (Matrix) – Distribution and Impact

The spread of .QH24 files virus’s payload files is probably realized via email spam messages. These messages often attempt to deliver malicious code on computer devices by posing as representatives of well-known businesses, websites, and even governmental institutions. As regards these malicious components they could appear in the form of a file attachment or a URL address of an infected web page.

According to security researchers’ reports the so-called .QH24 files virus is a strain of

Update November 2017! Remove Matrix ransomware fully. Follow the Matrix ransomware removal instructions given at the bottom of the article.
Matrix ransomware.

The infection process with this threat begins when its payload file loads on your system. Such a file is usually designed to trigger lots of malicious commands that support the smooth infection process. Before .QH24 could reach the main infection stage – data corruption, it needs to modify the settings of some essential system components. By doing so, the ransomware becomes able to evade detection and obtain a persistent presence.

Once the ransomware reaches the encryption stage it activates an in-built encryption module to localize target files and transform their original code. During this stage, .QH24 files virus utilizes a combination of two sophisticated cipher algorithms – RSA 2048 bit and AES 128 bit. As a result, it lefts corrupted files inaccessible and renamed with a long sequence of extension that starts with hackers’ contact email ([email protected]) and ends with the extension .QH24.

Like previous variants of Matrix ransomware variant, .QH24 is likely to corrupt types of files that store valuable data including:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

At the end of the attack, .QH24 files virus could drop a ransom note file. The message presented by this file is likely to force you into contacting hackers at the given email address or transferring them a specified amount as a ransom fee. Either way, it is better to avoid its instructions and attempt to cope with the problem in a secure way.

Remove .QH24 Files Virus (Matrix) and Restore Data

The so-called .QH24 files virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by Matrix .QH24 ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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