QQJJ Ransomware has joined the ranks of the constantly growing STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. Like its other related variants, it infects computers and then locks users’ files, including documents, music, pictures, video files, and others.
Once the encryption process is complete, the hackers behind QQJJ Ransomware demand a ransom for victims to regain access to their data. If your computer has been infected with QQJJ Ransomware, you should immediately disconnect any other devices from the compromised system to prevent further spread of the ransomware.
QQJJ Ransomware appends files with the telltale ‘.QQJJ’ extension. Users will then find a ransom note on the computer’s desktop titled “_readme.txt.” It instructs victims to contact the hackers via firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The ransom note also offers victims the opportunity to have one file decrypted for free to prove that the hackers can decrypt all of the files upon receiving payment. The ransom note instructs victims to pay $980 or $490 in Bitcoin. The lower ransom price depends on whether or not the contact is made within the first 72 hours after the attack.
Unfortunately, a free online decryption tool that could restore the files encrypted by QQJJ Ransomware is not available at the moment. The only reliable way to recover affected files is to restore them from a backup. You can also try using alternative data recovery options, but there’s no guarantee that alternative data recovery tools can unlock all the encrypted files.
How Can I Fight QQJJ Ransomware?
The most practical way to deal with the QQJJ Ransomware attack is to scan for and remove elements of this nasty ransomware infection using reputable malware remediation software. Additionally, to mitigate possible damages in the event of a future ransomware infection, you should keep backup copies of your valuable data on an external hard disk or a cloud drive.