Remove YZQE Ransomware Virus (+DECRYPT .yzqe Files)

Yzqe virus is a sort of computer virus that infiltrates your PC, encrypts your files, and then asks to pay the ransom for file decryption. Besides these bad actions, that virus also modifies some important settings and can even suspend your security tool.

Yzqe Ransomware Summary

NameYzqe virus
TypeSTOP/Djvu Ransomware
DamageAll files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password-stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.
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Yzqe virus – what is it?

Yzqe virus can correctly be classified as a STOP/Djvu virus family. That type of computer virus is targeted at individuals. This specification supposes that Yzqe does not carry any type of additional viruses, which sometimes helps virus of other families to take control of your system. Because of the fact that most users do not have anything valuable , there is no reason to carry other viruses that increases the risk of failure of the whole ransomware injection.

The usual signs of Yzqe virus activity is the emersion of .yzqe files in your folders, instead of the files you used to have. The photo.jpg turns into photo.jpg.yzqe, report.xlsx – into report.xlsx.yzqe and so on. You are not able to prevent this process, and can’t open that files – they are ciphered with pretty strong algorithm.

Yzqe Virus - encrypted .yzqe files
Yzqe Encrypted Files

You can also see various other signs of malware activity. Spontaneously blocked Microsoft Defender and inability to open the well-known anti-malware forums or websites, where the malware removal and file decryption guides are published. You will see how it is conducted in the paragraph below. The removal and decryption guide are also available – read below how to remove Yzqe malware and get the .yzqe files back.

How did Yzqe ransomware encrypt my files?

After the malware injection, the Yzqe ransomware creates a connection with its command and control server. This server is commanded by malware maintainers – fraudsters who manage the distribution of this virus. Another activity which is done by those crooks is answering the emails of sufferers, who want to decrypt their files.

The files are ciphered with one of the strongest encryption algorithm – AES-256. The digit in the name of this algo means the power of two – 2^256 for this case. 78-digit number of possible password variations – it is unreal to brute force it. As analysts say, it will take more time than the Earth can approximately exist, even in case if you use the most powerful computer system. In each folder that keeps the encrypted documents, Yzqe virus leaves the _readme.txt file with the following contents:


Don't worry, you can return all your files!

All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.

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You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
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However, you can still run some of your files. The Yzqe virus ciphers only the initial 150 KB of each file, but the other part of this file can be accessed. Primarily, it works best with audio/video files, which are likely larger than 150 kilobytes. Not each media player is able to open these files – WinAmp is the best option, since it is free and well-tested. First seconds of every file will be missing – this part is encrypted – but the rest of the file will be accessible like nothing happened.

Is Yzqe ransomware dangerous for my PC?

As it was described several paragraphs before, ransomware is not only about encrypting the files. Yzqe ransomware makes the changes in your system in order to prevent searching the ransomware removal and file decryption guides. Malware does not establish the software obstacle – it just alters the settings, primarily – networking and security configurations.

Through the networking settings, the most damaged item is the HOSTS configuration file. This text file has the DNS-address configurations, which are used by the browsers while sending a request to the website server. If you add a specific DNS-address for the certain web page, your browser will connect that site through that DNS next time. Ransomware edits this file, adding the non-existent DNS, so any of the web browsers will show you the “Unable to resolve the DNS-address” error.

Error 404

Other modifications done by the virus are aimed at prevention of early detection of itself, and also preventing the installation of the majority of antivirus programs. Yzqe malware makes some changes in Group Policies – the system configuration application which allows to alter the abilities of each application. In such a way, ransomware blocks the Microsoft Defender and different other anti-malware tools, as well as blocks the launch of antivirus installation files.

How did I get infected?

Throughout the whole term while STOP/Djvu family existed, it was using dubious applications as the main method of ransomware injection. Under the term of dubious software I mean programs that are already not updated by the maintainer and distributed through the third-party websites. These apps may be cracked, to make them possible to use without purchasing any license. One more example of such a program class is various hacking tools – cheat engines, keygens, Windows activation tools and so on.

This sort of programs may be distributed in many ways – through the web page that offers a downloading link, or through the peer-to-peer networks – ThePirateBay, eMule and so on. All these sources are well-known as the most popular computer piracy resources. Folks use these pages to get different apps or games for free, even if these programs must be purchased. No one can prevent the users who crack these apps from adding viruses of some sort to the files of the hacked tool. Hacktools, however, are created for outlaw purposes, so their creators can easily embed the malware under the guise of some program part.

injecting viruses into program
While adding the jumps on license checking, hackers can easily inject malicious code into the program

These cracked programs, regardless of their source, are one of the most often carriers for various malware, and 100% the most popular one for Yzqe malware. It is better to avoid making use of it, and not only because of malware installation risks. Avoiding the license purchase is an illegal action, and both hackers and users who make use of cracked apps fall under the charge of piracy.

How do I remove Yzqe ransomware?

The Yzqe virus is pretty hard to delete manually. Really, because of the number of modifications it makes in your Windows, it is almost impossible to detect them all and repair. The best option is to use antivirus software. But which one to choose?

You may spectate the advices to make use of Microsoft Defender, that is already in your Windows. Nonetheless, as it was mentioned before, the majority of STOP/Djvu virus examples disable it even before the ciphering procedure. Making use of the third-party tool is the only possible option – and I can advice you the GridinSoft Anti-Malware as a solution for this case. It has perfect detection abilities, so the ransomware will not be missed. It is also capable of system recovery, which is heavily demanded after the Yzqe virus attack.

To remove Yzqe malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software.

  • Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware by the button above. After the installation process, you will see an offer to start a 6-day free trial. During this term, the program has its full functionality, so you will definitely be able to both delete the virus and fix your computer. To activate a free trial, you just need to type your email address.
  • Free trial activation GridinSoft Anti-Malware

  • After activating the free trial, launch the full scan of your system. It will last for about 15-20 minutes, and check each folder you have in your system. Ransomware will not hide!
  • Full scan in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

  • When the scan is over, press the Clean Now button to wipe out the Yzqe ransomware and all other malware detected by a program.
  • Clean the viruses

    After the ransomware removal, you can go to file decryption. Malware removal is needed to prevent the repeating ciphering of your files: while Yzqe ransomware is active, it will not miss any unencrypted file.

    How to decrypt the .yzqe files?

    There are two ways to recover your files after a Yzqe ransomware attack. First one and the most obvious is file decryption. It is conducted with a special tool, designed by Emsisoft, and called Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP/Djvu. This program is absolutely free. Analysts update its decryption keys databases as often as possible, so you will definitely get your files back, sooner or later.

    Another option to get your files back is to try to recover them from your disk drives. Since ransomware deletes them and substitutes with a ciphered copy, the residue of the documents are still stored on the disk. After the deletion, the information about them is wiped from the file system, but not from a disk drive. Special tools, like PhotoRec, are able to recover these files. It is free, too, and may also be used for file recovery in case when you have deleted a thing unintentionally.

    Decrypting the .yzqe files with Emsisoft Decrypter for STOP/Djvu

    Download and install Emsisoft Decrypter tool. Agree with its EULA and continue to the interface.

    Emsisoft Decrypter EULA

    The interface of this program is extremely easy. All you have to do is to select the folder where the encrypted files are stored, and wait. If the program has the decryption key which corresponds to your ransomware case – it will decrypt it.

    Emsisoft Decrypter decryption process

    During the use of Emsisoft Decrypter for STOP/Djvu, you may observe various error messages. Don’t worry, that does not mean that you did something wrong or a program does not work properly. Each of these errors refer to a specific case. Here is the explanation:

    Error: Unable to decrypt file with ID: [your ID]

    The program does not have a corresponding key for your case. You need to wait for some time until the key database will be updated.

    No key for new variant online ID: [your ID]

    Notice: this ID appears to be an online ID, decryption is impossible.

    This error means that your files are encrypted with an online key. In such a case, the decryption key is unique and stored on the remote server, controlled by crooks. Unfortunately, the decryption is impossible.

    Result: No key for new variant offline ID: [example ID]

    This ID appears to be an offline ID. Decryption may be possible in the future.

    Ransomware uses the offline key to encrypt your files. This key is not unique, so you likely have it in common with another victim. Since offline keys must be collected, too, it is important to keep calm and wait until the analysts team finds one which will fit your case.

    Remote name could not be resolved

    This error indicates that the program has problems with DNS on your computer. That’s a clear sign of malicious alterations in your HOSTS file. Reset it using the official Microsoft guide.

    Recovering the .yzqe files with PhotoRec tool

    PhotoRec is an open-source tool, which is designed to recover the deleted or lost files from the disk. It checks each disk sector for the remains of deleted files, and then attempts to recover them. That app is able to recover the files of more than 400 different extensions. Because of the described feature of ransomware encryption mechanism, it is possible to use this tool to get the original, unencrypted files back.

    Download PhotoRec from the official website. It is absolutely free, however, its developer warns that he does not guarantee that this program will be 100% effective for file recovery purposes. Moreover, even paid apps can barely give you such a guarantee, because of the chain of random factors that can make the file recovery harder.

    Unzip the downloaded archive to the folder you like. Don’t worry because of its name – TestDisk – this is the name of the utility developed by the same company. They decided to spread it together since PhotoRec and TestDisk are often used together. Among the unzipped files, search for qphotorec_win.exe file. Run this executable file.

    PhotoRec and TestDisk

    Before you can start the recovery process, you need to specify several settings. In the drop-down list, choose the logic disk where the files were stored before the encryption.

    PhotoRec recovering choose disk drive

    Then, you need to specify the file formats you need to recover. It may be difficult to scroll all 400+ formats, luckily, they are sorted by alphabetical order.

    PhotoRec file formats

    Finally, name the folder you want to use as a container for recovered files. The program will likely dig out a lot of useless files, which were deleted intentionally, so desktop is a bad solution. The best option is to use the USB-drive.

    PhotoRec recovery drive

    After these easy manipulations, you may just press the “Search” button (it turns active if you specified all required parameters). The recovery process may take several hours, so keep patient. It is recommended not to use the computer during this term, since you may overwrite some files you are intending to recover.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    ✔️Are the files encrypted by Yzqe malware dangerous?

    No. Yzqe files is not a virus, it is not able to inject its code into the files and force them to execute it. The .EXT files are just the same as regular ones, but encrypted and cannot be opened in the usual way. You may store it together with normal files without any fears.

    ✔️Is it possible that antivirus software will delete the encrypted files?

    As I have mentioned in a previous paragraph, encrypted files are not dangerous. Hence, good anti-malware programs like GridinSoft Anti-Malware will not trigger on them. Meanwhile, some of the “disk cleaning tools” may remove them, stating that they belong to the unknown format and are likely broken.

    ✔️The Emsisoft tool says my files are encrypted with the online key and cannot be decrypted. What do I need to do?

    It is very unpleasant to hear that the files you have are likely lost. Ransomware creators lie a lot in order to scare their victims, but they tell the truth in claims about the strength of the encryption. Your decryption key is stored on their servers, and it is impossible to select it because of the strength of the encryption mechanism.

    Try other recovery methods – through the PhotoRec, or using the previously created backups. Search for the previous versions of these files – getting back a part of your dissertation, for example, is better than missing it all.

    Last option is just waiting. When the cyber police caughts the crooks who create and distribute ransomware, first get the decryption keys and publish it. Emsisoft analysts will surely take these keys and add them to the Decryptor databases. In some cases, virus creators may publish the rest of the keys when they stop their activity.

    ✔️Not all of my .yzqe files are decrypted. What do I need to do?

    The situation when the Emsisoft Decryptor failed to decrypt several files usually happens when you have not added the correct file pair for the certain file format. Another case when this problem may appear is when some problem occurred during the decryption process – for example, RAM limit reached. Try to perform the decryption process once again.

    Another situation when the Decryptor app may leave your files unencrypted is when ransomware uses different keys for certain files. For example, it may use offline keys for a short period of time when it has connection issues. The Emsisoft tool is not able to check both key types simultaneously, so you need to launch the decryption again, in order to repeat the process.

    Helga Smith

    I was always interested in computer sciences, especially data security and the theme, which is called nowadays "data science", since my early teens. Before coming into the Virus Removal team as Editor-in-chief, I worked as a cybersecurity expert in several companies, including one of Amazon's contractors. Another experience: I have got is teaching in Arden and Reading universities.

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