Q1G file virus
Ransomware | 08/07/2019

How to remove Q1G File Virus from your system?

About: Q1G file virus is a recently discovered member of Dharma Ransomware family. The ransomware has emerged as a big trouble for computer addicts as it steals the data from the system. This article will unfold all the mysteries about Q1G ransomware.

| Ransomware | How to remove Q1G File Virus from your system?

Understanding Q1G Ransomware

Dharma ransomware family has another feather in its cap! The arsenal of this malware is getting better day-by-day. The newbie variant – Q1G file virus is no exception in executing the mal activities in the targeted system. As always, this crypto virus targets all versions of Windows.

Q1G Ransomware

The rapid raising in technology encouraged the developers to come up with new and more dangerous computer threats. .Q1G virus ransomware sneaks into your system and quickly infects all your stored files. The data once encrypted is locked with a unique extension. As a consequence, the hackers demand for large amount of ransom in order to decrypt .Q1G files. However, if you do not pay the ransom, you might lose your data permanently. Hence, victim users fall in the destructive trap and gets ready to pay the amount.

However, ransom payment is not the only way out of this disaster. It could be a trick to extort large amount of money from the users. In order to protect yourself from the financial and data loss, avoid paying the asked money. Instead, download Q1G decrypter tool and stop dharma ransomware variant from your system.

Scroll down to get the insights of the menace caused by Q1G file virus in your system.

Threat Summary

Threat Summary
Name Q1G Virus
Type Ransomware
Category Malware
Targeted OS Windows
Symptoms It infiltrates your system with the motive to encrypt stored files. After successful encryption, the virus demands Ransom money to decrypt them.
Damage You cannot open a locked file without paying the asked ransom. Additionally, it may increase the malicious payload in your system.
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Distribution Technique

The seed of the malicious Q1G ransomware is are carefully planted on the websites to form a honey trap for the lurking users. The moment a connection is established with such sites, these dangerous codes silently come into existence. Hence, one way to propagate this virus is via questionable websites.

However, another most deceptive method is via spam email attachments. These attachments contain malicious macros in the form of word file, document files, zip files, text files and so on. Once, you download or open such files, the malicious Q1G file virus initiate its mal activities in your system.

Apart from it, Trojans are another method used to increase the dangerous payload on the targeted system. Trojans are basically designed to create ‘Chain-infections’. Once, in your system, it will further install other dangerous applications.

Once into the system, the nasty (getbtc@aol.com).Q1G ransomware shows its quality of true master disguise! Its own set of rules gradually ensures it presence on connecting networks as well. The ransomware is finely tuned to invade the security protocol and reach out to the selective destination in your system.

The moment this variant establishes its identity in your system, .Q1G deeply scan entire hard disk of your system to located targeted file extensions. After allocating the files, it locks the files by embedding .Q1G extension with the filenames. The virus can become the major reason behind your data or identity theft!


Threat Behavior

To show its unethical presence and set fear in the users mind, Q1G file virus encrypts the targeted file with strong cryptographic algorithm – AES and RSA. To ensure the encryption process, the malicious ransomware appends .Q1G extension at suffix of the locked files.

After successful encryption, the ransomware generates a unique decryption key. It is stored on the hackers’ server and hence, getting the key is not a piece of cake! Cyber criminals demands for hefty ransom in exchange of the decryption key. The cost of decryption key is $500 and payment is done in bitcoins, mandatorily within 48 hours.

Developers ask the victim users to contact them via getbtc@aol.com to provide the appointed ID. Additionally, the key might be overwritten after 7 days. Furthermore, cyber crooks allow you to send one file, which they decrypt for free. However, it is a trick to win the trust of innocent users! The ransom demanding message is delivered on the victim’s desktop in the form of ‘RETURN FILES.txt’.

Ransom Note - Q1G

This text file contains a short message that notifies you about the (getbtc@aol.com).Q1G extension attack. It also, guides you on how to get Q1G decrypter for your locked files. Along with the notification, it also warns you that, in case you fail to make the payment within the prescribed time, the amount will be doubled or you might lose your data permanently.

Many of the users fall in the trap set by this expert marksman and end up paying to the demands. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee to the cure offered and the information may never be restored in many cases.

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Removal guidelines for Q1G Ransomware

Once, the malicious Q1G ransomware is detected in the system, it is of utmost importance to uninstall Q1G file virus. Hence, first and foremost step is to download ransomware decrypter in your system. Apart from scanning your system, you can consider the following virus removal guidelines:


STEP A: Reboot your system to Safe Mode

Windows 7/ Vista/ XP

  1. Click on Windows icon present in the lower left corner of the computer screen.
  2. Select and click  Restart.
  3. When the screen goes blank, Keep tapping  F8  Key until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  4. With the help of arrow keys on keyboard, Select Safe Mode with Networking  option from the list and press the Enter Key. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Networking.

5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).

Windows 10 / Windows 8

  1. Press and hold the Shift Key and simultaneously click on the windows icon present in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
  2. While the Shift key is still pressed click on the Power button and then click on Restart.
  3. Now select Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings.
  4. When the Startup Settings screen appears which is the first screen to appear after restart, select and click on Enable Safe Mode with Networking. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Networking.
  5. Click on the username and enter the password.

STEP B: Delete the suspicious file from Configuration Settings

  1. Type “Msconfig” in search box / Run Box, select it and press Enter.
  2. Click on “Services” Tab and click on “Hide all Microsoft services”.
  3. Select Q1G file virus from the list of remaining services and disable it by removing the tick mark from the checkbox and click on Apply button.

Windows 7

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with Q1G file virus mentioned and remove the check mark.
  3. Click on Apply button and then click on OK.

Windows 10

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Take the mouse cursor to ‘Open task Manager‘ link and click on it.  This opens the Task Manager window.
  3. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with Q1G file virus mentioned and click on it.
  4. Then click on Disable button.

STEP C: Remove malicious file from Command Prompt

Once the system starts, ensure to use an account with administrative privilege to access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

After the user enters admin credentials, Command prompt window is displayed wherein you are entitled to enter the below commands:

  1. Type the command “sc delete Q1G file virus” in the command prompt and press Enter.
  2. Type “exit” to exit the command prompt and restart the system in safe mode with command prompt.


STEP D: Restore the system files & folders

Method 1 using Control Panel

  1. Click on the ‘Start’ button on the taskbar. This will open the Start menu.
  2. Click on the ‘Control Panel’ button in the Start menu. This will open the control panel window.
  3. In the Control Panel window, click on the ‘View by:’ button on the top right. Select the Large Icon option
  4. In the control Panel window click on the ‘Recovery Icon’. This will open a window that will ask ‘Restore the computer to an earlier point in time’.
  5. Click on the ‘Open system restore’ button. This will open the ‘system restore ’window where you need to click on the Next Button.
  6.  Select the restore point that is prior the infiltration of Q1G file virus. After doing that, click Next.
  7. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by Q1G file virus.


Method 2 using Command Prompt

  1. Type cmd in the search box and click on the command prompt to open the Command Prompt window. box and clicking on it.
  2. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter.(Ensure that you in the system32 directory of Windows folder in C Drive)
  3. Now type rstrui and press Enter again.
  4. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Q1G file virus. After doing that, click Next.
  5. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by Q1G file virus.



Method 3 : Directly type 'rstrui' in the search box

  1. Type ‘Rstrui’ in the search box present on the task bar. This will open the System restore dialog box.

Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.

Tips to prevent your system from Q1G Ransomware

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Vipre, Bull Guard and Hitman Pro so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.

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