QQQW Ransomware. How to decrypt .qqqw files?

If you cannot open your pics, documents, or files and see the .qqqw extension on them, your PC is definitely infected with Qqqw ransomware. It belongs to STOP/Djvu ransomware family

Qqqw ransomware ciphers personal documents located on the victim’s PC with the extension “.qqqw” and after that leaves the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are placed on the victim’s PC in the “readme.txt” file. Its task is pretty much comparable to other examples of the same ransomware family: Tasi, Djvu, Maak.

What is Qqqw Ransomware?

NameQqqw Virus
Ransomware family1DJVU/STOP2 ransomware
Extension.qqqw
Ransomware note_readme.txt
RansomFrom $490 to $980
Contactmanager@mailtemp.ch, helprestoremanager@airmail.cc
SymptomsThe images, videos, and other documents have the “.qqqw” extension and cannot be opened by any programs
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Qqqw is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and pictures by ciphering them. It marks the ciphered files with the “.qqqw” extension. Then Qqqw ransomware adds a money 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 certain BTC wallet. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it utilizes to encrypt the documents is not decryptable with contemporary computers. Even quantum PCs that currently exist will spend thousands of years to brute force the decryption key.

How dangerous is the Qqqw ransomware?

When Qqqw ransomware gets on your computer, it will check your computer for photos, videos, and important documents. It ciphers all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these documents are found, the ransomware will encrypt them and also change their extension to “.qqqw” to ensure that you understand what happened.

After the Qqqw ransomware ciphered the data on your computer, it will drop the last “readme.txt” file on the desktop. Besides the ransom payment instructions, the victims also see the email addresses to contact the fraudsters – helprestoremanager@airmail.cc and manager@mailtemp.ch.

Here is the ransom note that the Qqqw 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:
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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.
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:
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Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
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How did the Qqqw ransomware get on my computer?

The Qqqw ransomware spreads by posting links to get hacked programs or games. Cybercriminals that spread this ransomware are quite clever, and aim to correspond with modern things. New games introductions, new popular films – Qqqw developers make everything to get their money on that. Some of the most popular strategies these burglars use is one-day websites with torrent downloading links. However, following the modern trends is not the single manner these crooks use. Ways that have already turned into standard, such as e-mail spamming, are likewise ordinary for STOP/Djvu ransomware spreading.

Malicious email spam
The example of email spamming that may lead to Qqqw ransomware injection

Avoiding this ransomware does not require a lot of initiative. Using the regular principles of computer hygiene will considerably minimize all risks. Remember that starting all files you receive on e-mail is not a great idea. Even worse case is to enable macros in Microsoft Office files. But it is better to stop the malware intrusion at the moment when you have just opened the e-mail message. Inspecting the sender’s address can point out a lot about what you can expect, and also when you see the thing like “support@amazon.com”– it is likely a legit e-mail. At the same time, stuff that tries to appear like Amazon or FedEx delivery alert, but uses the e-mail address of “amazonspurrot1363@gmail.com”– need to make you be on the alarm. Above, you can see the illustration of such a message.

Outlaw sources of different digital things need some additional explanation. Going against copyright regulation surely throws you to the risk of being fined. Nevertheless, using torrent trackers or third-party websites to download “free” programs also exposes you to a wide range of malware. Nobody can oversee undisclosed individuals who launch the torrent seeding or publish the hacked program version on the website with pirated software.

Qqqw virus removal instructions.

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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Qqqw 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 Qqqw ransomware

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

QQQW Ransomware — How To Remove Virus & Decrypt Files?

Name: QQQW Virus

Description: QQQW Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific qqqw extension. QQQW 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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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.