What is GPGQwerty ransomware?
The GPGQwerty Ransomware is a malware infection which infects a computer system, encrypts the user data and adds a gpg.exe extension to all the user files. This ransomware then drops a README_DECRYPT.txt file as a ransom note.
- Name: GPGQwerty Ransomware
- Targeted Operating System: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10
- Category: Ransomware, Malware
- Symptoms: It encrypts the user files and adds a .qwerty extension to the files, the screen shows a ransom note which demands payment
Why should I worry about GPGQwerty ransomware?
The GPGQwerty ransomware is crypto-virus which is a serious threat for your computer systems. This malware infection is more likely to lock out all your important files. Once this ransomware has infected your system it will corrupt all your data files and perform malicious activities. The files encrypted by this malware infection can only be decrypted through a decryption key. This ransomware is dangerous because it is capable of breaking the security loopholes and exposes the device to major threats.
In order to decrypt the data, the cyber criminals ask the users to pay a hefty amount of ransom. A majority of users pay the ransom and still don’t get the decryption key. So, it is highly advisable not to pay for their demands. Rather invest some money in an effective Backup software and Internet Security suit which will help you to keep your data secure from such ransomware attacks.
How did GPGQwerty ransomware got installed on your system?
The cybercriminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –
- Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
- Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
- Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
- Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.
How to remove GPGQwerty Ransomware?
There are many online platforms which provide an extensive ransomware removal guide. It is highly advisable not to waste your time on such GPGQwerty ransomware removal guides. This is so because the files encrypted by a ransomware can only be unlocked through a decryption key. However, their is one way through which you can recover the locked files
Restore the encrypted data via Windows previous version
If the system restore was enabled for both, system and user files, then you can recover your personal data through Windows Previous Version, provided the ransomware has not damaged the backup files. To restore your data follow the instructions given below –
- Open My Computer and search for the folder you want to restore.
- As soon as you find it, right click on it and choose the restore previous version option from the new window.
- This option will display all the previous copies of the folder.
- Now select restore data and through the options i.e. Open – Copy – Restore.
Tips to prevent your computer system from getting infected –
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Sophos and 360 Total Security so that it remains safe.
- 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.