QQQE Ransomware. How to decrypt .qqqe files?

Written by William Reddy

If you cannot open your photos, documents, or files and also see the .qqqe extension on them, your system is [surely infected with Qqqe ransomware. It pertains to STOP/Djvu ransomware group

Qqqe ransomware encrypts personal documents spotted on the victim’s computer with the extension “.qqqe” and then leaves the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are placed on the victim’s desktop in the “readme.txt” file. Its task is primarily comparable to other representatives of the same ransomware family: Virus/, Yoqs, Qqqw.

What is Qqqe Ransomware?

NameQqqe Virus
Ransomware family1DJVU/STOP2 ransomware
Ransomware note_readme.txt
RansomFrom $490 to $980
Contactmanager@mailtemp.ch, helprestoremanager@airmail.cc
SymptomsThe images, videos, and other documents have the “.qqqe” extension and cannot be opened by any programs
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Qqqe is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and images by encrypting them. It marks the ciphered files with the “.qqqe” extension. Then Qqqe ransomware adds a ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In this note, you can see the guidance to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a specified Bitcoin address. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it utilizes to cipher 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 Qqqe ransomware?

When Qqqe ransomware appears on your PC, it will run through your system for photos, videos, and also important documents. It encrypt all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these documents are located, the ransomware will cipher them and change their extension to “.qqqe” to make sure that you understand what happened.

After the Qqqe ransomware encrypted the files on your PC, it will drop the last “readme.txt” file on the main screen. In addition to the ransom payment instructions, the victims also see the emails to contact the cybercriminals – helprestoremanager@airmail.cc and manager@mailtemp.ch.

Here is the ransom note that the Qqqe ransomware shows to its victims:

ATTENTION! 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. You can get and look video overview decrypt tool: https://we.tl/t-fhnNOAYC8Z 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. Check your e-mail "Spam" or "Junk" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours. To get this software you need write on our e-mail: manager@mailtemp.ch Reserve e-mail address to contact us: helprestoremanager@airmail.cc

How did the Qqqe ransomware get on my computer?

The Qqqe ransomware spreads by posting websites to get hacked programs or games. Cybercriminals who spread this ransomware are pretty clever, and try to correspond with contemporary trends. New games releases, new popular films – Qqqe developers make whatever to get their victims on that. Some of the most preferred techniques these crooks use is one-day sites with torrent downloading links. Nevertheless, pursuing the current things is not the only way these crooks use. Options that have already become standard, such as email spamming, are likewise usual for STOP/Djvu ransomware spreading.

Malicious email spam

The example of email spamming that may lead to Qqqe ransomware injection

Preventing this ransomware does not need a lot of initiative. Considering the standard rules of computer hygiene will significantly reduce all risks. Keep in mind that launching all files you receive on email is not a great tactic. Even worse case is to enable macros in Microsoft Office files. But it is better to prevent the malware attack at the moment when you have just opened the email message. Checking the sender’s address can say a lot about what you can anticipate, and also when you see the thing like “support@amazon.com”– it is likely a genuine e-mail. Meanwhile, stuff that tries to resemble Amazon or FedEx delivery notification, however, uses the email address of “amazonspurrot1363@gmail.com”– need to make you be on the alarm. Above, you can see the example of such a message.

Outlaw sources of various digital things need some extra description. Going against copyright policy surely throws you to the possibility of being fined. However, utilizing torrent trackers or third-party sites to download “free” programs likewise exposes you to various malware. Nobody can oversee undisclosed individuals who launch the torrent seeding or publish the hacked program version on the website with pirated software.

Qqqe virus removal instructions.

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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Qqqe virus detection and removal:

  • 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 Qqqe ransomware

In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Qqqe 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.

  1. You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
  2. When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
  3. Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Qqqe files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
  4. 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 .qqqe 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 Qqqe 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.

QQQE Ransomware — How To Remove Virus & Decrypt Files?

Name: QQQE Virus

Description: QQQE Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific qqqe extension. QQQE ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.

Offer price: 480

Currency: $

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Virus

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About the author

William Reddy

I am from Ireland. My parents bought me a computer when I was 11, and several months after I have got a virus on this PC. I decided to enter the INSA Centre Val de Loire university after being graduated from the school. This French educational institution was offering a brand-new cybersecurity course. After getting the master's degree in cybersecurity, I've started working as a virus analyst in a little anti-malware vendor.

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