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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Eq Ransomware

Eq Ransomware is a rather generic computer infection that works like any other ransomware infection out there. Currently, there is no public decryption tool designed for this infection. Thus, if your files were encrypted by Eq Ransomware, you might have to start collecting your data library from scratch if you do not have a file backup. Either way, it shouldn’t discourage you because right now you must remove Eq Ransomware from your computer. Check out the manual removal instructions right below this description. If manual removal is not your cup of tea, you can always employ a legitimate antispyware tool to terminate the infection for you.

Ransomware programs have been terrorizing individual and corporate users for more than 6 years now. They might change their targets and distribution patterns, but the methods still remain the same. Our research team says that Eq Ransomware most probably spreads via spam email attachments. This means that users download and open malware installer files themselves. Although no one would open such a file willingly, it shows that the files are masked quite well.

In fact, more often than not, ransomware installer files look regular document files. For example, Excel, Word, or PDF. And when this document comes with an urgent email that looks like a notification from an online store or some financial institution, you are probably more likely to download and open the file to check the information it supposedly has. What you do not realize, however, is that buy opening this document file you have received from an unfamiliar sender, you automatically infect your system with Eq Ransomware or any other infection for that matter.

Hence, if you get an unexpected email that urges you to interact with the attached file or some outgoing link, please double-check with the sender. It is especially important if you are opening this email on your work computer. Corporate computers are often connected into one big system, so if your office computer gets infected with Eq Ransomware, this program might spread all across the system, thus virtually paralyzing tour entire office. If you think that the received file is really important, you can always scan it with a security tool before you open it. At least this way you will be sure whether the file is benign or not.

When Eq Ransomware enters target system, it does everything it can to make sure that users cannot restore their files. So, if you’ve had Shadow Volume utility enabled, this infection will delete the Shadow Volume copies immediately with this command: cmd /c vssadmin delete shadows /all /queit. During the file encryption, the program adds additional extensions to all the files it encrypts. On Windows 10, all files receives the .gsg extension, and Windows 7, the files get the .fuck extension. The program also does a pretty decent job with the encryption because our tests have shown that Eq Ransomware encrypts the entire disk and other HDD partitions. So it is possible to say that this infection locks up all of your personal files.

Eq Ransomware also creates a point of execution and personal identification ID. The ID is used during the decryption process, but you should know better than to pay anything to these criminals. We do understand that the prospect of losing your files is quite daunting, but you should never do what these criminals tell you to even if the note looks as follows:


To recover data you need decryptor.

To get the decryptor you should:
Send 1 crypted test image or text file or document to |||
We will give you the decrypted file and assign the price for decryption all files

As you can see, Eq Ransomware doesn’t even say how much you have to pay for the decryption key. In fact, there is a very big possibility that the criminals can no longer issue anything because their server is down. Either way, paying is never an option. Instead, you have to remove Eq Ransomware today, and then look for ways to recover your files.

There are all sorts of recovery programs and tools that you might want to try out. Also, you can address a professional for more detailed information on the matter. On the other hand, if you have copies of your files on an external hard drive, you can just delete the encrypted data and transfer the healthy copies back into your computer. Just make sure you do not get infected with similar programs again.

How to Remove Eq Ransomware

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc and Task Manager will open.
  2. Open the Processes tab and highlight suspicious processes.
  3. Click End Process and exit Task Manager.
  4. Remove suspicious files from Desktop.
  5. Go to the Downloads folder.
  6. Delete the most recently downloaded files.
  7. Press Win+R and type %TEMP%. Click OK.
  8. Remove the most recently downloaded files.
  9. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  10. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  11. On the right side, right-click and select to delete the HD AUDIO value and its data.
  12. Exit Registry Editor and scan your computer with SpyHunter.
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