Qewe Virus

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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Qewe is a ransomware-based infection that starts a secret data encryption process inside the infected computer and locks down the files found on it. Immediately after completing the encryption, Qewe places a ransom-demanding note on the screen and requests a ransom payment to unlock the files.


The Qewe Virus will start encrypting your files as soon as it has infected your system.

Having a ransomware infection such as Qewe on your computer could lead to serious data loss, which could be particularly troubling and harmful, especially if any of the files the virus has encrypted hold great value to you. Still, there are some alternative methods that may help you to neutralize or at least minimize the harmful effects of the attack to some extent and, in this article, we are going to speak about them. We are also going to cover up how to remove Qewe from the infected computer and what to do to prevent data loss due to file-encryption in the future.

The Qewe virus

The Qewe virus is a file-encrypting malware which prevents users from access to their most important files and blackmails them to pay a ransom. The Qewe virus accomplishes this by applying a sophisticated encryption algorithm that keeps the files locked and placing a ransom note on their screen.

The easiest and the most effective way to make the attack of any ransomware irrelevant is to keep backup copies of your most valuable information in an external drive, another device or cloud storage.  In this way, even if a threat like Qewe strikes you, you can still access your data from the backup and don’t have to worry about paying a ransom to recover it. The only thing that you need to do is remove the malware and copy your files to the clean computer.

Yet most users do not typically back up their important files on a frequent basis, thus, threats like Qewe can often encrypt files that don’t have copies from where they can be recovered. In these cases, the only thing that can potentially reverse the applied encryption make the locked files accessible again is a specially generated decryption key. This key, however, is not available and is precisely what the hackers ask a ransom for. As typical online crooks, the people behind Qewe promise that once you send them the required ransom money, they will provide you with the key. Sadly, no one can guarantee that they will keep their word. This is why we do not recommend our readers to go for this option because it can only make the situation worse especially if the hackers vanish with the money without sending you anything in return.

The Qewe file encryption

The Qewe file encryption is a sophisticated algorithms used by cybercriminals to prevent web users from access to their digital files. The Qewe file encryption is extremely hard to remove and normally requires the application of a decryption key that is only available after a ransom payment.

Many users who need their data back see no other option but to pay the necessary ransom in order to recover it. However, this is not the wisest thing to do, which is why we’ve tried to provide some alternative courses of action for you. You will find some free file-recovery suggestions in the removal guide below, as well as detailed instructions on how to remove Qewe from your computer.


Name Qewe
Type Ransomware
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove Qewe Ransomware


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite for you.

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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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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:

  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 Qewe 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!


  • Hi,
    my comp infected by qewe file type and my hard 1TB data lost
    i cant open files and other things
    please help me how i can it
    tnx also i use the decrypt_STOPDjvu and ESET.NOD32.Antivirus. and Malwarebytes Premium 4.1.0 and other program that not work

    • Hello hamidrea, your files have been encrypted by one of the newest ransomware viruses and unfortunately there is no working decryption tool at the moment.

  • Hi i have been infected By the QEWE virus both my machine and External Hard Drive
    Any solution how i can tackle this this virus please Help

    • Hi Slimmy, it seems your system has been infected with one of the newest ransomware virus variants and at this point the only thing you can do is remove the malware itself from your PC, decryption of your files is still not possible unfortunately.

  • Hi i have been infected By the QEWE virus both my machine and External Hard Drive
    Any solution how i can tackle this this virus please Help

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