Iqll ransomware (virus) - Decryption Steps Included

Iqll virus Removal Guide

What is Iqll ransomware?

Iqll file-virus – a cryptovirus from the most proliferate ransomware family STOP/ DJVU

Iqll virusThe ransomware asks for money by scaring users.

DJVU ransomware family was first discovered by security experts during an investigation into links between cyber attacks on banks and law enforcement agencies around 2014. It continues to be seen across networks globally with hackers targeting countries like USA, India, Russia, China for maximum profits through their use of this virus.

Iqll ransomware is a computer infection that targets only devices with the Windows operating system. It's easy to spot this parasitic malware as when it has encrypted your files, all of them are appended with .iqll extension and can no longer be accessed in any way.

As you're reading this article we suppose you were one of the unlucky ones who have caught the virus on their device and want to know how they can remove it without paying for a decryption key from criminals themselves or calling technical support again!

We're going to explain how to remove the Iqll virus and recover files locked by it, but first, we'd like to tell you more about this treacherous infection. It belongs to the Djvu/STOP ransomware family, which, as stated in the title, is the most prolific one of them all.

Since cybersecurity experts first spotted it, new versions of its ransomware are released at least twice per week. Sspq, Qscx, and other variants are targeted at regular people. Thus the demanded ransom price ($980) is relatively low compared to other ransomware groups.

Victims are pushed into making irrational decisions as to the cybercriminals behind the virus state that the victims that contact them within three days of the incident will receive a 50% discount. That would lower the price for the supposed decryption software to $490.

Iqll file virusThe file-locking threat marks all pieces with a unique appendix.

All their persuasion techniques, threats, and demands are listed in a ransom note titled _readme.txt, which is generated on the victim's computer's desktop after successful encryption. The message from the threat actors reads:

ATTENTION!

Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, 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.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
hxxps://we.tl/t-9CYW99VhUR
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
helpteam@mail.ch

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
helpmanager@airmail.cc

Your personal ID:

There is no surprise that the threat actors want to get paid in cryptocurrency Bitcoin as it's practically impossible to trace down the criminals after they're paid. Although the ransom amount might seem somewhat small to some people, please do not contact the criminals by the provided emails (helpmanager@airmail.cc or helpteam@mail.ch) and don't forward any money to them.

If you do that and succumb to the assailants' demands, you condemn other innocent people like you to be attacked, as the sent money motivates the criminals to infect more computers and develop more sophisticated ransomware. The only reasonable thing to do is to remove Iqll ransomware.

And this article will help you do that. Additionally, we'll provide you with every plausible data recovery option that we have learned about in over 20 years. That's how long we're helping various cybercrime victims to get their devices back to normal and keep them safe.

name Iqll file virus
type Ransomware, file-locker
family Djvu
Symptoms of infection Personal data (pictures, documents, archives, etc.) are renamed and inaccessible; ransom note is found on the desktop; can't open AV software and other programs; can't visit security related pages; diminished PC performance
Appended file extension .iqll
Ransom note _readme.txt
Distribution Sharing platforms, torrents, pirating sites
Data recovery All possible methods that we know of are provided in the article and in the instructions section at the bottom of the article
Elimination You can safely remove the ransomware infection by following our guidelines posted below
System health fix To repair corrupted system files and other damage your PC sustained from the cyberattack, we highly recommend using the ReimageIntego system diagnostics tool

Before proceeding to data recovery, you must remove the Iqll virus

As the header states, the first thing you need to do when ransomware encrypts your data is to remove it from the device completely. But first, connect an empty USB or another offline storage device to your infected PC and copy all essential files onto it. Then disconnect it and keep it close by. Do that if you haven't kept backups of your files.

Download the reliable Malwarebytes or similar security software that's been in the market for ages and is capable not only of removing severe malware[1] threats but also of preventing them from gaining access to your devices. Once it's installed, update the virus signatures with the latest releases.

Iqll ransomwareThe threat is affecting the system from the inside because it alters files and installs malware too.

Pick the full system scan. It may take a while, but the anti-malware software searches for Iqll ransomware throughout the entire device. Once the scan is finished, you'll see a lot of recommendations to remove high-risk infections. Please stick to the recommendations and remove everything the AV tool suggests.

Now the system should be virus-free, and you can proceed to repair its corrupted files/settings. Pahd virus, belonging to the Djvu ransomware family, blocked their victims from opening security-related websites and launching security software. In this case, you'll need to remove Iqll file virus in Safe Mode with Networking, and that's how to access it on Windows 8/10:

  1. Right-click on the Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find the Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot.
  7. Go to Advanced options.
  8. Select Startup Settings.
  9. Click Restart.
  10. Press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking.Press F5 to enable Safe Mode with Networking

Once you reach Safe Mode, download either the abovementioned security tool or the trustworthy SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner app. Please don't forget to update its virus database as the Iqll virus is brand new. Keep your device virus-free by making a habit of scanning it with a dependable security tool a few times per week.

As cyberattacks are getting more and more frequent and the infections more sophisticated, proper anti-virus software is a must for each user that values his/her safety and privacy. Investing a few dollars into cybersecurity could save you thousands in rebuilding costs.

Repair virus damage to avoid system failures

As we've stated in the Iqll removal section, the ransomware does excessive damage to system files/settings to establish persistence.[2] These changes could be devastating to your device's performance, as they could lead to crashes, freezes, or even complete system failure.

Thus they need to be repaired right after the infection is removed. Manual modification of the Registry and other core Windows files is recommended only for highly-experienced computer users, as messing up a wrong entry or a setting, might cause the same outcomes.

Therefore, other cybersecurity colleagues,[3] and we highly recommend using the time-tested ReimageIntego system diagnostics tool. It will automatically repair all damages that Iqll ransomware has caused and keep your system running without any hiccups:

  • Download the application by clicking on the link above
  • Click on the ReimageRepair.exe
  • If User Account Control (UAC) shows up, select Yes
  • Press Install and wait till the program finishes the installation process
  • The analysis of your machine will begin immediately
  • Once complete, check the results – they will be listed in the Summary
  • You can now click on each of the issues and fix them manually
  • If you see many problems that you find difficult to fix, we recommend you purchase the license and fix them automatically.Reimage results

Please note that you could use similar trustworthy software. The most important thing is that you have to use it, as the ransomware attack leaves your computer heavily bruised. System tune-up tools are developed to repair various system sectors and directories automatically. Only after completing the two above-mentioned steps now can you safely restore data from your backups. If you haven't kept them, then proceed to the next step to try and recover your data.

Restore Iqll files with free software

After completing both previous steps, your computer is virus-free, all system-related irregularities are fixes, so you can safely try to recover the encrypted files. There are multiple ways to do that, but the most reliable one is by using the Emsisoft decryption software.

This company has dedicated its time and money to helping Djvu ransomware family victims recover their precious data for free. They wouldn't need to pay the criminals and entice them to attack more people. However, using this software doesn't guarantee that you will successfully recover .iqll files, but it's a great tool. Here's what you need to do:

  • Download the app from the official Emsisoft website.
  • After pressing Download button, a small pop-up at the bottom, titled decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe should show up – click it.
  • If User Account Control (UAC) message shows up, press Yes.
  • Agree to License Terms by pressing Yes.
  • After Disclaimer shows up, press OK.
  • The tool should automatically populate the affected folders, although you can also do it by pressing Add folder at the bottom.
  • Press Decrypt.
    Iqll ransomware

If the Emsisoft decryption tool has successfully decrypted your data, luck is on your side. Please remember to update your anti-malware software virus database at least twice a week with the latest malware signatures and use a PC optimizer once a week to keep system files and settings at bay.

If it didn't repair Iqll files and you're still unable to access them, please don't get upset as there are other data recovery tools and methods that you can try out. All possible ways are included in our instructions section right below the article. Please don't hesitate to use them as they're completely free.

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What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Reimage Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
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Getting rid of Iqll virus. Follow these steps

Restore files using data recovery software

Since many users do not prepare proper data backups prior to being attacked by ransomware, they might often lose access to their files permanently. Paying criminals is also very risky, as they might not fulfill the promises and never send back the required decryption tool.

While this might sound terrible, not all is lost – data recovery software might be able to help you in some situations (it highly depends on the encryption algorithm used, whether ransomware managed to complete the programmed tasks, etc.). Since there are thousands of different ransomware strains, it is immediately impossible to tell whether third-party software will work for you.

Therefore, we suggest trying regardless of which ransomware attacked your computer. Before you begin, several pointers are important while dealing with this situation:

  • Since the encrypted data on your computer might permanently be damaged by security or data recovery software, you should first make backups of it – use a USB flash drive or another storage.
  • Only attempt to recover your files using this method after you perform a scan with anti-malware software.

Install data recovery software

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro.
  2. Double-click the installer to launch it.
    Launch installer
  3. Follow on-screen instructions to install the software. Install program
  4. As soon as you press Finish, you can use the app.
  5. Select Everything or pick individual folders where you want the files to be recovered from. Select what to recover
  6. Press Next.
  7. At the bottom, enable Deep scan and pick which Disks you want to be scanned. Select Deep scan
  8. Press Scan and wait till it is complete. Scan
  9. You can now pick which folders/files to recover – don't forget you also have the option to search by the file name!
  10. Press Recover to retrieve your files. Recover files

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Iqll and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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