QQKK Ransomware is a file-encrypting malware that targets important file types that include documents, videos, databases, and photos. Once it has infiltrated your computer, it launches an encryption algorithm that encrypts and locks user-generated files, but it does not affect system files so the computer still works. This is because the hackers need your system to work so you could see the ransom note and be able to contact the hackers.
Files encrypted by QQKK Ransomware receive the telltale ‘.QQKK’ extension at the end of their names, and victims find a ransom note left by the hackers on their desktop. The ransom note is titled “_readme.txt.” It instructs victims to contact the hackers via firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The ransom note also instructs victims to pay either $980 or $490 in Bitcoin for file decryption. The lower ransom amount applies if the initial contact with the hackers is made within the first 72 hours after infection. The QQKK Ransomware operators will also offer users to decrypt one file for free to prove they can provide a permanent fix for all affected files.
Unfortunately, a free or online decryption tool, that could restore the files encrypted by QQLC Ransomware, is not available at the moment. The only reliable way to recover infected files is to restore them from a backup. It is also possible to use alternative data recovery options, yet, there’s no guarantee that alternative data recovery tools can unlock all the encrypted files.
In their desperation, the victims may reason that the easiest path to restoring their files is cooperating with the hackers, but we never recommend paying or even communicating with them. It’s possible that you may never receive a decryption key even if you pay the ransom demand.
How Do I Remove QQKK Ransomware?
You can scan for and remove elements associated with QQKK Ransomware by using a reputable malware remediation application. To protect your files from similar attacks in the future, you should back up your critical files on a cloud or external hard drive.