Gpgqwerty Ransomware

What is Gpgqwerty Ransomware?

Gpgqwerty Ransomware is a malicious infection that was first spotted in the begging of March 2018. It needs certain prerequisites to work properly, and some computers may not be affected by the infection if the prerequisites are not present. It might not be possible to restore the affected files, but you should at least remove Gpgqwerty Ransomware from your computer and then prevent similar infections from entering your system.

In this description, we will tell you more about the ways ransomware programs usually spread around, and then we will discuss the prerequisites Gpgqwerty Ransomware needs in greater detail. For the manual removal guidelines, please scroll down to the bottom of this article.

Where does Gpgqwerty Ransomware come from?

The most common way for ransomware to spread around is spam email attachments. We have mentioned this countless of times, and perhaps it is necessary to emphasize it once again because it does not look like this ransomware endemic would end anytime soon. So you need to know how you can recognize the ransomware distribution patterns, to avoid such threats in the future.

The most important thing is to establish that spam emails with malicious attachments often look like legitimate notifications from reliable third parties. For example, if you often shop online, you probably have a lot of promotional messages from various online stores. And sometimes the spam emails that carry ransomware installer files may also look like they bring invoices from online stores. You probably know by now that usually online shopping invoices come embedded within the actual message. If you see an attached file and the message in the mail basically urges you to open it, the chances are that there is something suspicious about it.

If you are not sure whether the attached file is safe or not, you should consider scanning it with a licensed antispyware application. A powerful antispyware tool will definitely let you know whether a file in question is safe or not.

Our research team also says that Gpgqwerty Ransomware could enter your system via unsafe Remote Desktop Protocol configuration. That is also a rather common ransomware distribution method, so if you use a Remote Desktop connection, you have to check whether your connection is safe. Otherwise, it would be really easy for cyber criminals to infect you with ransomware directly.

What does Gpgqwerty Ransomware do?

As mentioned, this program requires certain prerequisites to work. The encryption only takes place is you have certain file bundles like key.bat or find.exe. If you do not have those files, the encryption does not take place at all.

It is also highly possible that Gpgqwerty Ransomware is still in the development mode because when we go through program’s separate executable files, some of them to do even work. They fail to encrypt target files and only drop the ransom note. The ransom note is dropped on your desktop and in your main %UserProfile% directory. Here is what the ransom note says:

Your computer is encrypted. All data will be lost if you do not pay 0.1 BTC to the specified BTC wallet 3M3QNTzEpEzFqzUtXZRT5FjG1YWfVDyh9K after payment you will receive the decryption code from this mail, send your ID 3782. Before paing you can send to us up to 1 files for free decryption.
Please note: that files must NOT contain valuable information and their total size must be less than 1Mb

Unlike most of the programs, Gpgqwerty Ransomware uses the GnuPG tool to encrypt your files. This is a Linux-based tool that also has a Windows version, and users often use it to encrypt their files for security reasons. Normally, decrypting the files requires a password, so this is exactly what the ransomware wants you to pay for.

How do I remove Gpgqwerty Ransomware?

It is not complicated to delete this infection because it does not drop any additional files. If you did not have the file bundles required for encryption, you do not need to think of ways to restore your files. However, if Gpgqwerty Ransomware happened to lock up your files, you should not spend a single cent on the ransom.

Computer security experts recommend deleting the encrypted files and then focusing on recovering your data from an external hard drive or some other space where you often save your files. Whichever it might be, please refrain from paying the ransom.

Manual Gpgqwerty Ransomware Removal

  1. Open your Downloads folder.
  2. Remove the recently downloaded suspicious files.
  3. Open your Desktop and remove the ransom note.
  4. Press Win+R and type %UserProfile%. Click OK.
  5. Delete the ransom note from the directory. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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