.Foqe is Ransomware cryptovirus that encrypts user files with the goal of demanding a ransom for their decryption. In exchange for providing the victims with the decryption key, .Foqe requires payment in bitcoins or in another cryptocurrency.
Ransomware threats such as .Foqe are the most troublesome and dangerous type of malware that you may encounter. An infection of this type can hack into your system without showing any visible symptoms and then encode the personal data stored on the computer with complex encryption. The entire file-encrypting process can run in the background of the system and when it finishes, a text message lets you know that the scammers behind the Ransomware want you to pay a ransom to decrypt the affected files.
If a similar message has greeted you from your screen, then we suggest that you stay with us to learn how to deal with this unpleasant situation. Below this article, our “How to remove” team has prepared a detailed removal guide with comprehensive instructions on how to remove the .Foqe Ransomware from your system.
The .Foqe virus
The .Foqe virus is a Ransomware infection that prevents web users from opening or using their files by applying encryption to those files. After the files are secured with the encryption code, the .Foqe virus demands a ransom payment to provide a decryption key.
Ransomware usually performs the process of file encryption immediately after it has located all data on the computer which may be of value to the user. Sadly, this process can go under the radar of most security programs and rarely triggers any visible symptoms that can raise suspicion in the user.
The .Foqe file decryption
The .Foqe file decryption is a process that requires the application of a decryption key to successfully be completed. If the correct decryption key is applied, the .Foqe file decryption process will successfully return the encrypted files to their previous (accessible) state.
Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to combat the consequences of the Ransomware’s attack. Even experts in these fields may find it hard to remove such a virus and restore the victim’s files without paying the demanded ransom since reversing the file encryption may only be possible if the corresponding decryption key is applied. Sadly, that key is in the hackers’ hands and they will trade it only for a big amount of money, paid in cryptocurrency.
We hope that this information hasn’t discouraged you too much because trying to remove .Foqe will still be beneficial to you. In fact, you will need to remove the infection if you want to be able to use your computer to create or download new files or to connect backup sources without the risk of them getting encrypted as well. That’s why our suggestion is to leave the ransom payment as a last resort solution and explore some other options that might help you minimize the negative effects of the attack. One way that you can potentially handle this issue is to check out the removal guide below. It could help you remove the malware and maybe even allow you to recover some of the information that has been encoded.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Not Available|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
.Foqe Virus File Removal
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
- Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.
Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt .Foqe files
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!