QkG ransomware hacks MS Office, for data and for ride

QkG ransomware arrives with a doc-file, fully embedded into the delivered content. Unlike other instances of ransomware, it thus does not need contacting remote server afterwards: its installation is readily available once the trojan is inside a target machine.
QkG encryption-for-ransom malware is a macro-script (implemented as a VBA code), a part of the MS WORD. You can expect a corrupted MS WORD to arrive with email, but also from any network and removable media. Suspect your colleagues, friends, anyone you contact with as the malicious VBA gets embedded into each WORD file on any host machine. Odds are the owners share some of them. Meanwhile, an owner of the corrupted files may be unaware of the invasion as the rogue allows for an idling period. QkG does not proceed with the encryption payload for a long while. Rumors say it is currently running in its test mode.

Reviewers define the infection as an off-type in ransomware. The first oddity is that the infection is fully embedded into a macro script. Other ransom infections are not. They typically arrive via a download triggered by a trojan, which comes in the same way as QkG does.

Second, QkG ransomware does not rush headlong towards executing its encryption. Even if executed, the encryption is fairly simple. For some versions of the plague that still may circulate a master code for decryption is readily available: I’m QkG@PTM17! by TNA@MHT-TT2.
Step-by-step description of QkG ransomware attack
A step-by-step description for the ransomware attack may look as follows:
– a corrupted MS WORD document arrives
– the user opens the file and enables the macro script (of course, the prompt would not read ‘let me in, I’m a virus’; the macro script prompts to ‘Enable Editing’)
– the malicious code installs but idles until after the infected MS Word shuts down
– once the affected document shuts down, the ransomware is on stage
– the attack first affects MS Office to enable any macro running without seeking user’s permit
– the ransomware has itself appended to MS WORD template
– QkG scrambles the content of MS Word files. The ransom note is at the end of a doc-file currently running
– The ransom note has a title reading ‘I’m QkG@PTM17! by TNA@MHT-TT2’. It further prompts the reader to send $ 300 with bitcoin transaction.
The versions of QkG ransomware currently in circulation are mostly harmless, perhaps because of running in a test mode. However, the developments seem inevitable. Meanwhile, the removal of QkG ransomware is a must as the infection annoys, to say the least.

Automated cleanup to remove QkG virus

1. Click the button to download the stub installer and go through several setup dialogs. Once the tool is up and running, click Start Computer Scan

2. Wait until the cleaner checks the PC for QkG ransomware malicious code. As soon as the scan is completed, the report will list all malware objects spotted in the system. Make sure the entries for detected infections are checked, and select the Fix Threats feature. This will result in malware removal and system remediation, so you should now be good to go.

Restore the encrypted files

QkG encryption is a sophisticated data modification. There is no simple and single solution to cover all the cases. Transferring the ransom as demanded by the crooks is not the way either.Kindly apply the methods outlined below as they have been carefully developed to provide a recovery help for the most severe cases of encrypting assaults.

Data recovery with automatic software

Good news is that the virus actually deals with copies of the files. The originals have been deleted. The removed data still can be restored by virtue of such tools as Data Recovery Pro.

Shadow Volume Copies

As Windows creates backups at given periods of time, a victim is advised to address relevant restore points. Unfortunately, the method cannot apply unless the System Restore had been enabled prior to the invasion. Please also note the recovery returns files as saved before the time associated with the restore point addressed.

  • Previous Versions dialog to target individual files
    One can open Properties for any file. The menu has a tab called Previous Versions. It indicates versions of a file that have been backed up.
    To make use of the feature, right-click an affected file and choose Properties in the drop-down list. Proceed with clicking the above-mentioned tab. You can opt between the Copy or Restore procedures, the former enabling to copy the item into the location specified by the user.

test properties

shadow explorer

Backups and removing remaining traces of ransomware

Prevention is the best cure. If you stick to making regular reserve copies of your data and store those outside your operating system, the impacts by the ransomware are very limited. However, prior to copying the data from backups into the system hit by QkG ransomware, make sure the removal of this virus has completed.

Your manual removal attempts may kill the ransomware in general. In most of the cases, some remnants manage to survive and are still capable of causing a significant damage. Please apply a reliable anti-malware scanner to detect and remove, if applicable, any remaining infections.

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