LQQW Ransomware is Another Variant from the Vast STOP/Djvu Ransomware Family
LQQW Ransomware is one of the file-encrypting ransomware strains associated with the Djvu/Stop Ransomware family. It generally targets files that include documents, videos, databases, and photos. During the encryption process, its code will not damage system files, as the hackers need your system to work to enable the transfer payment of the demanded ransom.
Files encrypted by LQQW Ransomware receive the .LQQW extension and victims cannot access these files until the required decryption key is activated. The ransom note left by the hackers will be found on the computer’s desktop and is titled “_readme.txt.” The ransom note instructs victims to contact the hackers via the emails: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The affected users are told to make a payment of either $980 or $490 in Bitcoin, depending on whether the initial contact with the hackers is made within the first 72 hours after infection.
The operators of LQQW Ransomware will offer users one free file decryption to prove that they can provide a fix for locked files. Although it may seem that the easiest path to restore your files is by cooperating with the hackers, we never recommend dealing with cybercriminals. The possibility exists that you may pay the cybercriminals and still never receive a decryption key.
How Do I Deal with an LQQW Ransomware Attack?
You can scan for and remove all elements associated with LQQW Ransomware by using a reputable malware remediation application. To protect your files from similar intruders in the future, you should also consider backing your files up on a cloud or external hard drive. Also, take note that by removing this nuisance with a reliable anti-malware tool and not paying the ransom, you’re helping to block cybercriminals from gaining funds for their cybercrime.