Moqs is a cryptovirus infection based on Ransomware code. The purpose of Moqs is to sneak inside a computer without being detected and encrypt the files stored there in order to demand a ransom for their decryption.
It is of utmost importance to remove the Ransomware infection if you want to be able to use the infected computer normally and bring it back under your command. Therefore, on this page, we will share our tested and comprehensive measures with the help of which to completely remove Moqs from your system. You are also likely interested in learning how to get your data back and that’s why the guide below will take you through a file-recovery process that can potentially help you get back some of your most needed digital documents.
The Moqs virus
The Moqs virus is a Ransomware threat capable of taking hostage your digital information that’s stored on the computer. The Moqs virus does that by secretly encrypting the most valuable user files and demanding a ransom for their decryption.
The Ransomware does not corrupt your system or perform malicious activities that other viruses do, such as spying, collecting data, or deleting files. Instead, it uses a strong encryption algorithm that converts the information stored on the infected device into an unreadable string of symbols that can’t be recognized by any software. In this way, the infection renders all coded documents unreadable and prevents the users from accessing them.
Normally, the contamination with Ransomware happens when users interact with harmful online content or download and install infected software. Possible carriers of threats like Moqs, Gujd, Ufwj could be spam emails, attachments to random messages, infected links, torrents, and sites with low reputation. Generally, the moment of the infection and the entire file-encryption process go unnoticed until the Ransomware shows itself on the victim’s computer with a ransom note.
The Moqs file decryption
The Moqs file decryption is a process that is supposed to bring all encrypted files back to their previous state. To activate the Moqs file decryption process, the victims need to purchase a decryption key from the hackers behind the Ransomware.
Direct decryption of the Moqs files is only possible after the application of a special decryption key. Sadly, the crooks who control the Moqs infection will keep this key in secret and would only exchange it for a money transfer payable in Bitcoins. Very often the attackers threaten to destroy the decryption key unless the payment is made on time. They may also threaten to double the ransom to get the victims to pay more quickly. You should realize, though, that these are deceptive methods used by cyber criminals to make their targets act impulsively. Besides, the cyber criminals don’t really care about your documents and there’s nothing that can make them give you the key they promised once they receive the payment.
Therefore, most security experts will warn you not to pay a cent to these crooks. Instead, many professionals, including our “How to remove” team, will encourage the attacked victims to remove the Ransomware and to try to recover their data from backups whenever that is possible. These could be personal backups (on an external drive or a cloud) or system backups that could be extracted from the system. More details can be found in the removal guide below, so follow the steps closely and let us know if they have been helpful.
Remove Moqs Ransomware
Next, since Moqs may run a number of malicious processes as a background, it is best if you run only the most essential system processes and apps in order to be able to easily spot the malicious ones. For this, we advise you to reboot the infected PC in Safe Mode (use the free instructions from the link) and then get back to this removal guide by clicking on its bookmark.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
With the infected computer launched in Safe Mode, click on the Start menu button and type msconfig in the search bar. Then open the result and a System Configuration window will open:
If you detect anything suspicious, research it online and, based on the information you collect, decide whether you need to disable it.
To disable a suspicious startup entry, remove its checkmark from the related checkbox and click OK.
Next, head to the Windows Task Manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC) and select the Processes Tab. Similarly to what you did in the Startup tab, search the list of processes for suspicious entries. Keep in mind that Moqs may hide its malicious processes under different names that may mimic the names of legitimate processes. If you detect an entry that looks suspicious, (uses a lot of CPU and Memory without any particular reason, has an odd name, etc.) here is how to check it:
- right-click on the process in question
- select Open File Location
- end the processes in question if one or more of its files get flagged as dangerous.