Qscx is a harmful computer program that infects Windows systems and makes the important user files on them inaccessible. Qscx then creates a message on the desktop in which the victim is informed about the ransom they must pay to release the files.
The Ransomware you are dealing with at the moment is a particularly harmful computer threat that locks the important files in the computer and blackmails its victims for the access to those files. Qscx won’t release your data unless you pay the hacker responsible for the malware attack. However, paying the ransom for your data’s release doesn’t really guarantee anything. Your files may remain inaccessible even after you have followed all of the hacker’s instructions and paid the demanded sum. This is why its preferable if you don’t trust the criminals behind this insidious Ransomware and instead try to find your own way out of this unpleasant situation.
The Qscx virus
The Qscx virus is a dangerous malware program of the Ransomware variety that will lock your files using encryption and blackmail you for the private key. The Qscx virus can be removed but this won’t automatically set the encrypted files free.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any guaranteed ways to restore data which has been locked by a Ransomware such as Qscx. Threats like this one use advanced encryption algorithms to lock up their victim’s data and keep said data unavailable even after the virus itself gets removed. That being said, getting rid of the malware is an important step you must take – one that would allow you to create and download new files on your computer without fear of them getting encrypted. Also, after you remove the virus, you will have the option to try some of the alternatives we will provide you with inside the second section of our removal guide. Those alternatives may enable you to recover some of your files without giving your money to the criminals behind the Ransomware. Sadly, we cannot promise you a full file recovery but it is still worth trying all available alternative solutions instead of simply giving in to the demands of the cyber criminals behind Qscx.
The Qscx file extension
The Qscx file extension is a set of symbols that Qscx adds to the end of each encrypted file’s name. The Qscx file extension makes all files renamed with it unrecognizable so that no program can open them without the decryption key.
One of the best ways to deal with a Ransomware is if you have a full backup of your important files that got locked. If you have such a backup on an external device or on a cloud, all you’d need to do is remove the virus. After that, you can safely copy the accessible files from the backup onto your computer. In order to successfully deal with any potential future Ransomware attacks, always make sure to backup any important piece of data that you may fear losing.
Remove Qscx Ransomware
The successful removal of Qscx may require a number of system reboots, therefore, before you start the process, please make sure you save this page with removal instructions by bookmarking it in your browser.
Next, we recommend that you restart your PC and enter in Safe Mode (please follow the instructions from the link) in order to run only the most essential system processes and apps. After the computer reboots in Safe Mode, come back to this page that you have bookmarked and proceed to the instructions in step 2.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
As son as a ransomware infection like Qscx compromises your machine, a number of malicious processes may start to appear in the Processes tab of your Task Manager. To find and stop these processes, press CTRL, SHIFT and ESC together, click on the Processes Tab and search for processes with odd or unusual names and higher than normal CPU and Memory consumption.
As soon as you find something disturbing, right-click on the process and click the Open File Location option:
Then, run the files of that process in the powerful free online virus scanner below to check if they contain malicious code or not:
It may take some time for the scanner to check the files but if malware is found in them, immediately end the processes related to them by right-clicking on it and choosing the End Process option. After you do that, go to the File Location folder and delete the malicious files from there.
Important! Please make sure that the processes you stop and the files you delete are really malicious and are related to the ransomware you want to remove. Stopping legitimate processes and deleting legitimate files may disturb the normal operation of your system and your programs.
Most ransomware threats may secretly make changes in important system files and folders without showing any indications of that. The Hosts file on the computer is a typical place where Qscx may add some malicious entries. Therefore, in this third step of the removal guide, we suggest you open your Hosts file and check if something has been added or altered there without your knowledge. To do that, copy the line below and paste it in the Start Menu search bar:
Open the result and check if something unusual has been added below Localhost in the file. If you find some strange IPs like those shown in the image below, please copy them and drop us a comment. We will check them out and let you know if any specific action is needed.
The next place where changes may take place due to you being infected with Qscx is the Startup tab in System Configuration. To check if something has been added there, type msconfig in the Start menu search bar and hit Enter. Next, click on the Startup tab:
If you find some Startup Items in the list that you cannot link to any of the programs that you have on your computer, then they may probably belong to the ransomware. To check them out, simply do a quick online research and if you find that they are not legitimate, remove their checkmark to disable them. To save your changes, don’t forget to click the OK button at the bottom.
A major step that you need to do in order to remove any traces of Qscx form your infected computer is to scan the Registry for malicious entries and delete them all. For that, go to the Start menu search bar and type Regedit. Open the search result and when the Registry Editor launches, use the CTRL and F key combination to open a Find window on the screen. Carefully write the exact name of the Ransomware in it and start a search in the Registry by clicking on the Find Next button.
If any entries with that name appear in the results, they probably are malicious and need to be deleted. However, be extremely careful with what you want to delete because there is a real risk of a system corruption if the entries you delete are legitimate and are related to important programs or OS processes.
If you need assistance to decide which are the malicious entries in the Registry, we highly recommend you to use a powerful professional removal tool and scan your computer with it instead of risking to corrupt your OS involuntarily.When the Registry is clean, close the Registry Editor window and go to the Start menu. Type each of the lines below in the search bar and check each of them for files and sub-folders that have been added around the time that the ransomware infection happened: