The Yjqs Virus Impact on an Infected PC
What is Yjqs virus? It is a data locker ransomware that interferes with computer systems in order to corrupt valuable data and extort ransom payment from victims.
The Yjqs virus is a new version of STOP ransomware. It drops an executable file on the system to start the infection process. Once the executable is running on the system Yjqs virus becomes able to complete several attack stages. Such kind of malware primarily aims to find files of particular types on the PC so it can encrypt them with a strong cypher algorithm. It is known that the Yjqs virus uses a strong algorithm to encrypt target user data. That’s why all corrupted files remain inaccessible. Additionally, they appear with the extension .yjqs appended to their names. The Yjqs ransomware tries to extort a ransom fee for their decryption. For this purpose, it drops a ransom message and loads it on the screen.
Manual Removal Guide
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Yjqs Virus Distribution Methods
The malicious samples that trigger Yjqs ransomware virus may be delivered via a Word document attached to an email or sent via a message on any social media channel. It is also possible for the document to be added to a ZIP archive file. Once the file is started on the PC, it may ask you to enable macros which will start the Yjqs infection. The document may also be designed to display a system notification that misleads victims to click the “OK” button in order to open the content of the file. Another commonly used trick of ransomware and malware dissemination is a spoofed link that redirects to a crafted web page that can automatically download the payloads on the PC. The sender itself may impersonate well-known companies and services. However, malicious traits can be revealed almost always. Online scanning services like ZipeZip (free online archive extractor and malware scanner) and VirusTotal (a free service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs) can help the detection of potential malware infections.
Impact of Yjqs Ransomware Virus
The so-called Yjqs virus has been detected in active attack campaigns. It is based on the code of the infamous ransomware family STOP. The code of this threat is designed to plague essential system settings with the purpose to reach target types of files and encode them with a sophisticated cypher algorithm.
The beginning of the attack is marked by the execution of Yjqs ransomware payload file. Soon after this event occurs, the threat becomes able to pass through several stages. At first, it triggers the creation of additional malicious files that support all of the following infective operations. The ransomware could either create or drop them on the system. Typically, threats like Yjqs ransomware are designed to place malicious files in the following system folders – %Roaming% , %Windows% , %AppData% , %Local% , %Temp%
Afterwards, Yjqs ransomware starts executing them in a predefined order. As a result, some essential system settings are heavily modified and misused by the cryptovirus. Affected could be also registry keys stored by the Registry Editor, legitimate processes and other major components that control the regular system performance.
Following system corruption, the Yjqs virus utilizes a built-in encryption module to complete its main purpose – data encryption. Since this module is designed to transform the code of targeted files with a sophisticated cypher algorithm, the files remain unusable until their code is reverted back to its original state.
All files that are renamed with the extension .yjqs are encrypted by the ransomware. Unfortunately, they could be all files that store valuable data of your like:
Following data corruption, Yjqs STOP virus drops a text file which contains a ransom message. This file appears on the screen as its purpose is to blackmail you into paying hackers a ransom fee. The file which is generated by the engine.
For the sake of your security, it is recommendable to refrain from contacting hackers. They may attempt to trick you once again by sending an inefficient decryption tool or additional malware. Furthermore, you will only encourage them to continue with their vicious operations, if you pay the demanded ransom. Security experts advise victims to remove malicious Yjqs ransomware files and wait patiently for a free decryption solution. The good news is that Emsisoft has released a free STOP ransomware decryption tool. It is not updated to support the Yjqs STOP virus strain but chances are that it will be very soon. Don’t lose faith, remove Yjqs ransomware, back up .yjqs files and wait until the decryptor is updated.
Remove Yjqs Ransomware Virus and Restore PC
The Yjqs ransomware is an offensive threat that endangers the overall PC performance. For the sake of your PC security and your privacy, the threat should be removed completely. The detailed removal guide below contains detailed steps of Yjqs ransomware removal. There are also several alternative data recovery approaches that may restore important Yjqs files.
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Yjqs Ransomware Virus – Manual Removal Steps
Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently. The steps below are applicable to all Windows versions.
1. Hit the WIN Key + R
2. A Run window will appear. In it, write msconfig and then press Enter
3. A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named Boot
4. Mark Safe Boot option and then go to Network under it to tick it too
5. Apply -> OK
Show Hidden Files
Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.
1. Open My Computer/This PC
2. Windows 7
- – Click on Organize button
– Select Folder and search options
– Select the View tab
– Go under Hidden files and folders and mark Show hidden files and folders option
3. Windows 8/ 10
- – Open View tab
– Mark Hidden items option
4. Click Apply and then OK button
Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes
1. Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
2. Get over to Processes
3. When you find suspicious process right click on it and select Open File Location
4. Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose End Process
5. Next, you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it
Repair Windows Registry
1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination
2. In the box, write regedit and hit Enter
3. Type the CTRL+ F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
4. In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys
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Recover Encrypted Files
WARNING! All files and objects associated with Yjqs ransomware virus should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.
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3. Using System Restore Point
- – Hit WIN Key
– Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps
4. Restore your personal files using File History
- – Hit WIN Key
– Type restore your files in the search box
– Select Restore your files with File History
– Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar
– Hit the “Restore” button