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.wq2k Files Virus – How to Remove It

This blog post has been made with the primary reason to explain what is the .wq2k files ransomware and how you can remove it from your computer plus how to try and restore encrypted files.

A new variant of a ransomware, detected back in 2018, called B2DR ransomware was recently discovered. The virus aims to encrypt the files on the affected machines leaving behind the .wq2k file extension to the encrypted files. The virus also drops a ransom note which aims to notify victims that their files have been encrypted and they have to pay a hefty ransom in order to recover the encrypted files and get them to open again. If your computer has been affected by the B2DR ransomware virus, we would strongly suggest that you read the article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

Name.wq2k Files Virus
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionB2DR virus is a typical ransomware that follows the classic infection behaviour pattern by encrypting target files with the .b2dr extension.
SymptomsComputer users will be unable to access their data which is encrypted with the .wq2k extension.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, File Sharing Networks, Exploit Kits
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.wq2k Virus – Infection Methods

For the .wq2k ransomware virus to infect computers, the infection may be replicated via various different methods. Among the most commonly used infection method is e-mail spam messages sent to victims. These “malspam” e-mails may often carry malicious attachments, which often pretend to be legitimate spreadsheets, documents, presentations, CV’s and several other types of files that can be masked to appear legitimate. For the users to fall victims to this ransomware, the crooks often tend to mask their files as being important, such as a letter from their bank, a receipt, an invoice and something else that is urgent.

Another place where the infection files could hide can possibly be via various different types of fake software and files that are uploaded online. Besides documents, crooks may upload programs that pretend to be:

  • Software installers.
Portable versions of programs.
  • Cracks.
  • 
Patches.
  • 
License activators.

.wq2k Files Virus – Infection Activity

The .wq2k files ransomware is the type of virus you do not want on your computer. The ransomware’s main purpose is to encrypt the files on your computer and render them unable to be opened.

To reach it’s end goal, the ransomware may create multiple different files on the computers of users. The files can be dropped in the following Windows directories:

  • 

%AppData%

  • %Local%
  • 
%Temp%
  • 
%LocalLow%
  • 
%Roaming%

Once the files have been dropped on the computer of the victim, the malware may begin to perform some of the following malicious activities on the victimised PC:

  • Create mutexes.
  • Interfere with the Registry Editor.
  • Copy files from the victim PC.
  • Log keystrokes.
  • Obtain system data from the compromised computer.
  • Steal files from the infected machine.
  • Download files and update itself.

Furthermore, the .wq2k malware could also heavily modify the Windows Registry Editor by create registry values in the Run and RunOnce sub-keys of the infected computer. This is done in order to make the malicious files of the ransomware run automatically when the system boots.

In addition to this, the .wq2k file ransomware may also disable Windows Recovery and delete the shadow volume copies of the compromised computer with the main goal of disabling any change of the victims recovering their files via the default Windows methods. To reach its end goal, the .wq2k file ransomware may trigger an infection module, whose main purpose is to activate commands as an administrator that will:

Disable Windows Recovery.
Disable the Shadow Copy Services.
Stop the Windows Backup Services.

The .wq2k files virus may also drop it’s ransom readme file which aims to extort users by asking them to pay ransom to the cyber-criminals in order to get their important files back. The file is called Readme.txt and has the following message to victims:

Your files were encrypted with AES-256.
Ask how to restore your files by email artilkilin@tuta.io.
Use only gmail.com, yahoo.com, protonmail.com.
Messages written from other mail services we can not get.
We always respond to messages. If there is no answer within 24 hours, then write us with another email service.
[OR] If within 24 hours you have not received a response, you need to follow the following instructions:
a) Download and install TOR browser: https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en
b) From the TOR browser, follow the link: torbox3uiot6wchz.onion
c) Register your e-mail (Sign Up)
d) Write us on e-mail: ssananunak1987@torbox3uiot6wchz.onion
ATTENTION: e-mail (ssananunak1987@torbox3uiot6wchz.onion) accepts emails, only with e-mail registered in the TOR browser at torbox3uiot6wchz.onion
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Any actions on your part over encrypted files can damage them. Be sure to make backups!
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In the message write us this ID:

.wq2k Files Virus – Encryption

The .wq2k files virus aims to encrypt only the files that you use often on your computer. The ransomware looks for the files, based on their file types and it may target the following types of data:


  • Documents.
  • Images.

  • Audio files.
  • Videos.
  • Archives.
  • Virtual Drive files.



The .wq2k malware strains has been pre-configured in order to skip the files, essential for you to use your Windows, with the main goal of enabling you to use your PC to pay the ransom to the criminals.

When the .wq2k ransomware variant of B2DR encrypts files on the computers of victims, the malware may create copies of the original files and encrypt the copies, shortly after which leave behind the original files deleted completely with no chance to recover them traditionally.

In addition to this, the .wq2k ransomware virus leaves the encrypted files with the e-mail of the criminals and the .wq2k suffix. The outcome of this is that the encrypted files are stripped of their file icon and start to appear like the following example:

→ New Word Document.docx.artilkilin@tuta.io.wq2k

Remove .wq2k Ransomware and Restore Your Files

To remove the .wq2k ransomware virus, we would suggest that you follow the removal instructions that are underneath this article. They have been created with the main goal to help you out with manual and automatic removal steps. If the manual steps fail to help, we would suggest that you try and follow the latter two removal steps which include a more automatic approach for the removal. For maximum effectiveness, security experts strongly advise using an advanced anti malware software. Such programs are created to help detect and remove malicious files belonging to such ransomware viruses plus ensure that your computer will remain protected against future infections as well.

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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.

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  • 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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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .wq2k Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .wq2k Files Virus

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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 .wq2k Files Virus 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 .wq2k Files Virus 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 .wq2k Files Virus 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for .wq2k Files Virus 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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 .wq2k Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .wq2k Files Virus 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 .wq2k Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .wq2k Files Virus 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 .wq2k Files Virus:

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 .wq2k Files Virus. 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 .wq2k Files Virus. 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 .wq2k Files Virus 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 .wq2k Files Virus. 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 .wq2k Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .wq2k Files Virus 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.


.wq2k Files Virus FAQ

What is .wq2k Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.wq2k Files Virus 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 .wq2k Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..wq2k Files Virus 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 .wq2k Files Virus 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 ..wq2k Files Virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..wq2k Files Virus 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 ..wq2k Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .wq2k Files Virus 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 "..wq2k Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..wq2k Files Virus 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 .wq2k Files Virus 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 .wq2k Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..wq2k Files Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .wq2k Files Virus 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.

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