Remove Llqq ransomware

Llqq ransomware is file-encrypting malicious software that will essentially take files hostage. It’s identical to Jhgn, Llee, Lltt, Lloo, and hundreds of other ransomware from the Djvu/STOP ransomware family. The cybercriminals who operate this ransomware release new versions on a regular basis, oftentimes at least a couple of times a week. All versions are considered to be particularly dangerous because once files are encrypted, it will not necessarily be possible to recover them. If your files have been encrypted and you have a backup, you should have no issues with file recovery. For those without a backup, file recovery may be impossible at the moment.


Llqq ransomware note


Your personal files will immediately be encrypted by Llqq ransomware once you launch the malicious file and initiate the infection. Your photos, documents, videos, and all other files will be targeted. These files are usually the most valuable to users, hence why they’re the main targets. You can recognize encrypted files easily because they have the .llqq extension. For instance, image.jpg would become image.jpg.llqq if encrypted. These files first need to be decrypted using a special decryptor. The _readme.txt ransom note (found in all folders that have encrypted files) will include instructions on how to get the decryptor. Unfortunately, a $980 ransom is requested from you. Although it’s questionable whether it’s true, the note mentions a 50% discount for users who contact the malware operators within the first 72 hours. There is no guarantee that, even after paying the ransom, you would receive a decryptor, thus we do not recommend paying the ransom or even contacting the cybercriminals. Keep in mind that you are dealing with cybercriminals, and what’s there to stop them from simply taking your money and not sending you a decryptor. Many victims in the past have paid ransoms only to not receive anything in return.

We strongly recommend that you use anti-malware software to delete Llqq ransomware from your computer. It’s a really complex infection that needs to be dealt with using a professional program. As soon as you delete Llqq ransomware from your computer, you can access your backup and start the file recovery process.

If a victim didn’t back up their files prior to the ransomware infection, recovering those files will be far more difficult, if not impossible. One option is to wait for a free Llqq ransomware decryptor to be released. However, it is not certain when, or even if, it would be released. Ransomware infections from this family use online keys to encrypt files, which means the keys are unique to each victim. A free Llqq ransomware decryptor is unlikely unless those keys are made available by the hackers themselves (or if they’re ever caught by law enforcement). Nonetheless, we recommend backing up your encrypted files. If a decryptor is ever released, you would be able to find them on NoMoreRansom.

How is ransomware distributed?

Malicious actors frequently use email attachments to spread malware. If your email address has been leaked and sold on hacker forums, you will likely receive malicious emails from time to time. Those emails contain malicious attachments, which, if opened, would initiate the malware. This is why double-checking unsolicited email attachments before opening them is so important. This can be done using anti-virus software or VirusTotal. But malicious emails are pretty obvious and pretty easily recognizable, in general. Senders pretend to be from legitimate companies whose services users use but the emails contain loads of grammar/spelling mistakes. Mistakes look unprofessional so legitimate emails from legitimate companies will rarely have them. Furthermore, legitimate emails whose attachments you’d need to open will always address you by name. But because malicious actors often do not have access to personal information, they use generic words like User, Member, Customer, etc., to address users.

Because they are frequently poorly moderated, torrents are perfect for malware distribution. Malicious actors frequently upload torrents that contain malware. Malware is usually found in entertainment-related torrents (movies, TV series, and video games, in particular). Using torrents to download copyrighted content amounts to stealing and could damage your computer/data.

How to remove Llqq ransomware

Due to ransomware’s complexity as a malware infection, it is not recommended to try to delete Llqq ransomware manually. If you’re not careful, you can end up damaging your computer even more by going the manual way. Additionally, you can accidentally miss some ransomware components, which could allow it to subsequently recover. If you connected to your backup while ransomware was still running on your computer, your backed-up files would become encrypted. Therefore, you need to use a reliable anti-virus program to remove Llqq ransomware from your computer. As soon as the Llqq ransomware has been completely removed from your computer, you can connect to your backup.

Llqq ransomware is detected as:

  • CrypterX-gen [Trj] by Avast/AVG
  • UDS:Trojan.Win32.Scarsi.gen by Kaspersky
  • A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.HPZJ by ESET
  • Trojan:Win32/RedLineStealer.PO!MTB by Microsoft
  • ML.Attribute.HighConfidence by Symantec

Llqq ransomware detections