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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans

Qewe Ransomware

If you receive Qewe Ransomware, you might be asked to pay around thousand US dollars or a half of it to get the files that this malware encrypts decrypted. In exchange for paying, the malicious applications developers promise to deliver unique decryption tools that would restore encrypted files. The problem is that there are no guarantees that hackers will hold on to their end of the deal. In other words, you cannot be sure that you will get the promised decryption means. Further in the article, we explain how this malicious application works. As for the instructions placed at the end of the text, they can help you remove Qewe Ransomware from your computer. We advise erasing it no matter what you decide to do about the hackers offer as leaving the malware on your system could cause you more trouble.

Victims of Qewe Ransomware could be tricked into opening it. As you see, cybercrminals behind such malware often disguise malicious installers to make them look like harmless text or other types of files and then distribute them via spam emails, unreliable websites, and so on. Therefore, users are advised to be cautious with messages raising suspicion as well as keep away from untrustworthy file-sharing web pages. Of course, being cautious might not be enough to prevent malware from entering your system, which is why we recommend having a reliable antimalware tool too. You should scan files with it every time that you obtain suspicious or unreliable data from the Internet. Also, make sure that is always up to date and enabled so it could guard your computer against threats properly.

This malicious application ought to create data in randomly named folders after it is launched. For example, it could create a folder called 0775174b-bd75-7caf-a89a-d7ff7132151f in the %LOCALAPPDATA% directory. If you want to know what other files Qewe Ransomware might need to place on an infected device, we recommend checking the deletion instructions available below this article. The threat should start encrypting files that could be irreplaceable to victims right after it settles in. Our researchers say that the malicious application encrypts them with a secure encryption algorithm and marks each encrypted file with a second extension called .qewe, for example, picture.jpg.qewe. By the time Qewe Ransomware finishes the described processes, it should create a document called _readme.txt on the infected devices C: disk.

Qewe Ransomware’s ransom note should say that all the files marked with the malware’s extension can be decrypted only with a unique decryption key and decryptor. It should also say that you have a chance to purchase these decryption means for half a price if you contact the malware’s creators within 72 hours. The full price is 980 US dollars, which means the half price would be 490 US dollars. To convince you to take this deal Qewe Ransomware’s developers ought to offer to decrypt a single file free of charge as a proof that they have all necessary decryption tools. Even if they do this, they still cannot prove that you will get what they promise. Thus, paying ransom is risky no matter what hackers say. Naturally, if you fear losing your money for nothing, you may want to ignore the malicious application’s ransom note.

Lastly, you should know that leaving Qewe Ransomware on our computer could be dangerous because the malware can restart with your operating system automatically. Therefore, there is a risk that it could keep encrypting new files after each restart. To prevent this from happening we advise erasing the malicious application. If you want to delete Qewe Ransomware manually, you could follow the instructions available below that show how you could remove data associated with the malware step by step. Users can also eliminate Qewe Ransomware with chosen antimalware tools. If you prefer this option, we advise doing a full system scan with a reputable antimalware tool. Once it is over you should be able to erase all identified threats by pressing the provided removal button.

Restart your system in Safe Mode with Networking

Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+I for Windows 8 or open the Start menu for Windows 10.
  2. Click the Power button
  3. Press and hold the Shift key and click Restart.
  4. Choose Troubleshoot and pick Advanced Options.
  5. Select Startup Settings and click Restart.
  6. Press the F5 key and restart the PC.

Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Go to Start, pick Shutdown options and click Restart.
  2. Press and hold the F8 key when the computer starts restarting.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from Advanced Boot Options window.
  4. Click Enter and log on to the computer.

Remove Qewe Ransomware

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Check these directories:
  3. Search for the malware’s installer, right-click the threat’s launcher and press Delete.
  4. Go to:
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data
  5. Find randomly named folders, for example, 7v7mk177-32c4-679d-7f16-7e28ac2d8th2, right-click them and press Delete.
  6. Find and right-click files called _readme.txt and select Delete.
  7. Go to: C:\SystemID
  8. Locate a file called PersonalID.txt, right-click it, and select Delete.
  9. Find this path: %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks
  10. Check if there is a task named Time Trigger Task.
  11. If you see it, right-click it and press Delete.
  12. Exit File Explorer.
  13. Press Win+R.
  14. Type Regedit and press Enter.
  15. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  16. Look for a value name created by the malware, for example, SysHelper.
  17. Right-click the threat’s value name and choose Delete.
  18. Exit Registry Editor.
  19. Empty Recycle Bin.
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