Iqqw Virus


Iqqw is a virus program that attacks Windows systems and is designed to block all user data found on the computers’ hard-drives. Iqqw then proceeds to ask for a ransom payment from its victims which must be paid in exchange for the data’s release.


The Iqqw ransomware will leave a _readme.txt file with instructions

If you are familiar with this malware virus because it has already infected your PC and has taken your files hostage, then you must learn about your current options so that you don’t do something you might come to regret later on.

First and foremost, we must tell you about the way this virus works and how it manages to lock up your data in a way that makes the files unrecognizable to all your programs.

The Iqqw virus

The Iqqw virus is Widows malware that launches a file-encryption process in the attacked computer in order to block the files that are found there. The Iqqw virus then creates a ransom message on the Desktop in which the user is given payment instructions.

Iqqw virus

The Iqqw virus encrypted files

There are a couple of things to note here. The first one is regarding the damage caused by this virus. Ransomware threats like Orkf, Hoop aren’t programmed to harm the computer and although they make the targeted files inaccessible, the files themselves remain intact. After all, the goal of the virus is to blackmail you for your access to them and if they are damaged, you wouldn’t be interested in paying a ransom in order to be able to open some corrupted files.

However, what if there aren’t important files on the computer or what if you have file backups of the data you deem valuable. Well, in that case, you needn’t worry about the ransom payment. All you’d need to do is get rid of the virus. In the first scenario, you won’t lose any important data and in the second one, you can simply use the backup to recover your files. The virus itself can be removed and we will give you instructions on how to do it.

The real problem with Ransomware comes when there are some valuable files that Iqqw has managed to lock and you hadn’t previously made sure to back up those files. In this case, you are faced with the dilemma of whether or not you should pay the ransom. Even though there cannot be a universal answer to this dilemma, the advisable thing to do would be to put off the payment and first try some potential alternative solutions.

The Iqqw file encryption

The Iqqw file encryption is a unique algorithm that tampers with the code of your files, making them unreadable to any software. The Iqqw file encryption can be unlocked only if you have access to a special key that matches the applied algorithm.

This key gets generated by the virus during the encryption and saved on the hackers’ computers. The hackers offer you the key for your files in exchange for the ransom. However, whether or not they’d send it to you after you make the payment remains uncertain and this is the reason we advise you to first try the other options. Some alternative suggestions can be found and used for free in our guide. However, you should first complete the first part of the guide that focuses on the virus’ removal. Only once the Ransomware is removed would it be safe to try the recovery suggestions without risking getting your data encrypted all over again.


Name Iqqw
Type Ransomware
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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).



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:

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    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:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

    hosts_opt (1)

    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 EnterOnce 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:

    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%

    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 Iqqw 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!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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