If you cannot open your photos, documents, or files and see the .hhwq extension on them, your PC is surely infected with Hhwq ransomware. It pertains to STOP/Djvu ransomware group
Hhwq ransomware ciphers personal files found on the victim’s computer with the extension “.hhwq” and after that creates the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are put on the victim’s PC in the “readme.txt” file. Its activity is generally comparable to other representatives of the same ransomware family: Peet, Jjww, Jjll.
What is Hhwq Ransomware?
|Ransomware family1||DJVU/STOP2 ransomware|
|Ransom||From $490 to $980|
|Symptoms||The images, videos, and other documents have the “.hhwq” extension and cannot be opened by any programs|
|Fix Tool||Trojan Killer – ransomware infections tool. 14-day free trial.|
Hhwq is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents normal access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and photos by ciphering them. It marks the ciphered files with the “.hhwq” extension. Then Hhwq ransomware adds a ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In it, you can see the instructions to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a specified Bitcoin address. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it uses to encrypt the files is not decryptable with modern computers. Even quantum computers that already exist will spend thousands of years to brute force the decryption key.
How dangerous is the Hhwq ransomware?
When Hhwq ransomware appears in your system, it will scan your disks for photos, videos, and also important documents. It [ciphers all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these files are found, the ransomware will encrypt them and also change their extension to “.hhwq” to make sure that you understand what happened.
After the Hhwq ransomware ciphered the data on your computer, it will generate the last “readme.txt” file on the main screen. Besides the ransom payment instructions, the victims also see the emails to contact the crooks – firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Here is the ransom note that the Hhwq ransomware shows to its victims:
Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
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How did the Hhwq ransomware get on my computer?
The Hhwq ransomware spreads by posting links to download hacked programs or games. They keep their eye on all hype subjects which can be chosen to spread ransomware. New games introductions, new popular films – Hhwq creators make everything to get their victims on that. Some of the most popular tactics these burglars utilize is one-day sites with torrent downloading links. Nevertheless, pursuing the modern-day news is not the only manner these burglars utilize. Methods that have already turned into classic, such as email spamming, are also ordinary for STOP/Djvu ransomware distribution.
Avoiding this ransomware does not require a lot of effort. Following the standard rules of computer hygiene will noticeably reduce all dangers. Remember that opening all files you receive on email is not a good option. Even worse situation is to allow macros in Microsoft Office files. However, it is far better to avoid the malware intrusion at the moment when you have only opened the email message. Examining the sender’s address can point out a lot about what you can expect, and when you see things like “firstname.lastname@example.org”– it is likely a legit email. At the same time, stuff that tries to resemble Amazon or FedEx shipment notice, but uses the e-mail address of “email@example.com”– need to make you get on the alarm. Above, you can see the illustration of such a message.
Outlaw sources of various digital things need some additional description. Going against copyright law surely throws you to the danger of being fined. However, utilizing torrent trackers or third-party websites to download “free” programs likewise exposes you to a wide range of malware. No one can oversee unnamed people who launch the torrent seeding or publish the hacked program version on the site with pirated program.
Hhwq virus removal instructions.
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STEP 1. Download and install Trojan Killer.
STEP 2. Click on "Finish".
STEP 3. Wait until necessary updates are downloaded and installed.
STEP 4. Select computer scan type.
STEP 5. The software will begin scanning your computer.
STEP 6. Click on "Cure PC".
Restore the files encrypted by the Hhwq ransomware
In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Hhwq ransomware because the private key needed to unlock the encrypted files is only available through cybercriminals. However, we’ve listed one option you can use to recover your files below.
Warning! Make sure you remove the ransomware from your system first, otherwise, it will repeatedly encrypt your files.
If your files were encrypted with an offline key, there is a chance you can recover them by using Emsisoft Decryptor for the STOP/Djvu decryption tool. Follow the below guide to recover your files using the Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP/Djvu.
- You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
- When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
- Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Hhwq files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
- The decryptor will inform you once the decryption process will be finished. If you require the report for your records, you can save it by clicking the “Save log” button.
If the Emsisoft Decryptor can’t decrypt your .hhwq files and you do not plan on paying the ransom, it is advised that you make an image of the encrypted drives so that you can decrypt them in the future.
Your computer should now be free of the Hhwq ransomware infection. However, suppose your current antivirus allowed this malicious program on your computer. In that case, you might want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Trojan Killer to protect against these types of threats in the future.
HHWQ Ransomware — How To Remove Virus & Decrypt Files?
Name: HHWQ Virus
Description: HHWQ Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific hhwq extension. HHWQ ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.
Offer price: 480
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Virus
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