Do you know what Gpgqwerty Ransomware is?
Gpgqwerty Ransomware is a peculiar ransomware program that may not even work properly yet. It is very likely that the program is still under development, seeing how it cannot affect all the systems that it targets. Nevertheless, we believe that it is important to discuss this infection before it manages to grow into something terrible. Please remove Gpgqwerty Ransomware from your system if you happen to have the installer file or if this program managed to encrypt your files. Whatever you do, paying the ransom should not be on the list of your options.
If you have recently downloaded an email attachment and opened it, it was probably the file that infected you with Gpgqwerty Ransomware. Ransomware programs often spread via spam emails, when the messages are sent out to multiple addresses, and users are urged to download the installer files that look like legitimate documents. Sometimes the files will look like official documents from financial institutions. They may also look like invoices from online shops. Please remember that companies know the potential risks behind sending information in file attachments, so these days, most of the important information gets embedded within the actual email message.
It is also possible to get infected with Gpgqwerty Ransomware via unsafe Remote Desktop Protocol connection. In such a case, it is a direct infection, and if you have more systems connected to the same infection source via vulnerable remove desktop protocol configuration, do not be surprised to find this malicious program in other systems later on, too. The point is that you need to be extremely careful when you browse the web, when you open new downloaded files, and when you connect to other systems. Potential security threats are always there just around the corner.
The peculiar thing about this infection is that it does not work unless you have certain files on your computer. Our research team says that you need to have key.bat and find.exe file bundles on your system for the encryption to work. If these files are not present, then the encryption does not occur. Also, there are many other aspects that suggest Gpgqwerty Ransomware is highly underdeveloped. Separate executable files that we have checked out fail to encrypt the target data. When the encryption does not take place, the infection only drops the ransom note that says the following:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
If this program did not encrypt your files, you simply need to remove Gpgqwerty Ransomware from your system. If by any chance, the encryption did take place, you should not pay the ransom fee anyway. Since the program is still under development, there is a very good chance that the criminals would not issue the decryption password even if you were to pay the ransom fee.
The reason we use the term decryption ‘password’ and not ‘key,’ is that this program uses a Linux based tool called GnuPG to encrypt target files. This tool is also available for Windows, and there are users who often use this tool willingly to encrypt their data for security reasons. Later on, it is possible to decrypt the files using a certain password. And this is the password that Gpgqwerty Ransomware offers to give you if you pay the money.
However, there are other ways to restore your files if they were encrypted. If you have an external backup drive where you save copies of your files, you can simply delete the locked files and transfer the healthy copies back into your computer. Perhaps you also have some of your files saved on your mobile device, or maybe somewhere else. The point is that we tend to scatter our files across devices and platforms these days, so your chances might be a lot better than you think.
Should you have more questions about Gpgqwerty Ransomware or your system’s security in general, or you need help with malware removal, please do not hesitate to leave us a comment below.
Manual Gpgqwerty Ransomware Removal
- Go to your Downloads folder.
- Delete the recently downloaded files.
- Go to your Desktop and delete the ransom note.
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Type %UserProfile% into the Open box and click OK.
- Remove the ransom note from the folder.
In non-techie terms:
Gpgqwerty Ransomware might not look like much of a threat, but this program has a potential to grow into something really nasty. Sometimes it is hard to reverse the effect of a ransomware infection, but that should never stop you from removing Gpgqwerty Ransomware or any other similar intruder from your system immediately. When you are done with the removal, please make sure that you protect your PC from other infection in the future by investing in a powerful antispyware tool.