Remove Sqpc Ransomware (Decrypt .sqpc Files)

By Chona Esjay | Posted on May 8, 2020 | Updated on May 13, 2020

Sqpc ransomware is another variant from STOP/DJVU malware family. Developers of this hazardous computer virus initiate the attack via spam email messages. Using a database of email address collected from previous infection, Sqpc ransomware authors exercises mass-mailing campaign to reach their target. They made sure that most of the recipient will get entice into opening the message and to accomplish this, attackers are crafting a very attractive email. One example is by faking the sender and makes it appear that it originates from prominent company or organization. The message contains enticing approach to have user open the attached file without hesitation.

While opening the attachment, which is actually a carrier of Sqpc virus, computer users will never notice any sign of the ongoing attack. Sqpc ransomware will then search the hard drive for important personal files and locks them with a complex algorithm. The encryption process is synchronized with the data renaming and thus, all infected objects will have the .sqpc file extension. As an example, tour.doc will become tour.doc.sqpc after the full encryption process.

As normal to this kind of ransomware attack, Sqpc informs the victims on the procedures for decrypting all infected files. The instruction is well documented in the _readme.txt file, which is generated on the same folder where .sqpc files are located. Here is an excerpt from the ransom note:

ATTENTION!
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.

Sqpc Ransomware

Sending payments to attackers do not guarantee the recovery of entire encrypted files. It is difficult to deal with Sqpc ransomware makers because in the first place, they have no identity. The processor in which they transact payment are not obliged to disclose their identity and is not accountable for payment refund if the deal was not settled properly. Therefore, computer security experts suggest to temporary make a backup of all .sqpc files while waiting for the free decryption tool. First thing to do is remove Sqpc ransomware to secure the PC and have a safe operation.

How to Remove Sqpc Ransomware

Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Sqpc virus. Aside from our suggested tool, you may also run your own security program.

Though affected files may be impossible to decrypt due to complexity of the encryption, you can still try recovery method like alternative tool, Shadow Explorer or Previous Version as described below.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Anti-Malware Tool

1. Download free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MBSetup.exe.

3. Carry out the installation with default setup process.

4. After the installation process, click the Get Started button to launch the program.

5. Continue with the prompts until the main program opens.

6. On the main console, click on Scan to run most complete detection method to find hidden objects associated to Sqpc ransomware.

7. Scanning may take a while. Please wait until the anti-malware tool is done with the checking.

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8. Once the scan has completed, the tool will display the list of detected threats. Remove all identified malicious items and restart the computer if necessary.

Stage 2: Double-check for Sqpc’s leftover with Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool

1. Download the free scanner called Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Malicious Software Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

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2. The tool automatically checks the operating system and suggest appropriate download version. Click on Download button to begin. Save the file to a convenient location, preferably on Desktop.

3. After downloading the file, Windows will prompt that download has completed. Click Run to start scanning for Sqpc ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.

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4. The tool will display Welcome screen, click Next. Please note the message “This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product.” You must understand that this program is made specifically to find and remove malware, viruses, Trojans, and other harmful elements on the computer. It was not designed to protect the computer.

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5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Sqpc ransom virus entities and other harmful files left on the computer will be found and removed. For advanced computer user, you can opt for Customized Scan, if there are other drives or folders you wanted to include in this scan.

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6. Full scan may take a while, please wait for Malicious Software Removal Tool to complete the tasks. However, you may cancel the scan anytime by clicking on the Cancel button.

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7. After scanning, the tool will reveal all identified threats. There may be other threats that our first scan fails to detect. Please remove/delete all detected items.

8. When removal procedure is complete, you may now close Malicious Software Removal Tool. We hope that Sqpc ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.

Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Sqpc Decryption Tool

Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu will work only if affected files were encrypted using Offline Keys. Sqpc ransomware uses the alternate Offline Keys during encryption if there is a problem encountered while communicating to a remote command-and-control server. Follow the guide to start recovering .sqpc encrypted files.

1. As precautionary measures, we suggest to BACKUP all your .sqpc encrypted files first on a separate media (USB Drive, Flash Drive, DVD Discs, etc…).

2. Download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu from this archive page.

3. Right-click on decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe and click “Run as Administrator“. Windows may prompt “Do you want to allow this app…” just click Yes to continue.

4. By default, the tool will pre-populate the locations where encrypted files were identified. To include other directories, simply click Add Folder button.

5. To start recovering files infected by Sqpc ransomware, click on Decrypt button to start the procedure. The interface will display status of the current decryption process.

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We will update this section once the full decryption tool is on hand. In the meantime, please try other options below if the above procedure is not not effective.

Option 1: Windows Previous Version Tool

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature called Previous Versions. However, this tool is only usable if restore point was made prior to Sqpc ransomware infection. To use this tool and recover files affected by the virus, please follow these steps:

1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

2. Right-click on the affected files or folders. From the drop-down list, please click on Restore previous versions.

3. New window will open display all backup copy of files and folders you wanted to recover. Choose the appropriate file and click on Open, Copy, or Restore. Restoring selected files overwrites the current encrypted files on the computer.

Option 2: Use ShadowExplorer to restore files encrypted by Sqpc Ransomware

Just like Previous Version tool, ShadowExplorer is taking advantage of shadow copy created by Windows. This tool allows you to retrieve older version of files before it was encrypted by Sqpc ransomware.

1. Download ShadowExplorer from the official web site.

2. Install the program with the default settings.

3. The program should run automatically after installation. If not, double-click on ShadowExplorer icon.

4. You can see the drop-down list on top of the console. Please select proper drive and the most recent point-in-time shadow copies of files you wish to restore prior to Sqpc ransomware infection.

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5. Right-click on the Drive, Folder, or File you wish to restore and click Export…

6. Lastly, ShadowExplorer will prompt for location where you want to save the copy of recovered files.

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