Sqpc is a file-blocking virus that belongs to the ransomware category and is used for money extortion. Like other ransomware viruses, Sqpc uses advanced encryption to restrict access to certain files and asks for a ransom payment to provide a decryption key.
Ransomware, in general, is incredibly popular extortion software that is responsible for the loss of a lot of valuable information. Infections of this kind aim at encrypting files of their victims and rendering them unavailable so that hackers can later blackmail the users to pay a ransom for their decryption. The scheme is very simple. The crooks promise that when the ransom payment is made, the victim will be given a special unique key for decryption to reverse the complex code that has been applied to his files. That, at least, is what the hackers will tell you in a message that reveals the virus once its file-encryption process is complete.
In case that the files that have been encrypted are of no particular interest to you, you have the option to ignore the ransom-demanding message and simply remove the ransomware from your computer. Fortunately, viruses of the ransomware type usually do no further damage to the machine except for blocking access to the information stored there. That’s why, once you remove Sqpc, you will be able to use the machine as before.
However, if you fail to delete the infection, it is likely that the virus would be able to locate and encrypt valuable data for you, and if you have not backed it up beforehand, then you may have to face a very unpleasant dilemma which needs to be handled with caution. You would either have to agree to pay a ransom to the hackers behind the ransomware or seek alternative methods to minimize the effects of the attack.
The Sqpc virus
The Sqpc virus is a stealthy ransomware-based infection that encrypts the victim’s files using a sophisticated encryption algorithm. To decrypt their information, the Sqpc virus asks for a ransom payment that must be paid within a given deadline
Security experts recommend that victims of Sqpc should take time to read about potential alternative approaches to this problem instead of transferring the requested sum of money directly to the hackers. That’s because you can’t say if the hackers would allow you to recover your information after you pay. They may not send you a decryption key and simply vanish with the money so it’s better if you leave this option as your last resort.
The Sqpc file encryption
The Sqpc file encryption is a method that allows hackers to restrict access to user files through a sophisticated algorithm. The Sqpc file encryption is reversible with a decryption key which is special for every device that is targeted by the ransomware virus.
The tips in our removal guide below, however, may potentially help you retrieve the encrypted information without necessarily having to obtain the corresponding decryption key. Don’t forget to remove Sqpc before you give them a try, though, because if the ransomware is present on your machine, anything you manage to recover may become encrypted again.
|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|
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Remove Sqpc Ransomware
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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:
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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:
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:
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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 Sqpc 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!