OPQZ ransomware is designed to encrypt your personal files and demand bitcoin to recover the files. The ransom demand varies from different versions of the OPQZ ransomware.
OPQZ ransomware encrypts files on your computer and adds a string of unique characters to the extension of the encrypted files. For example, image.jpg becomes image.jpg.OPQZ
The decrypt text-file with instructions is placed on the Windows desktop: _readme.txt
In most cases, it is not possible to recover the files encrypted by OPQZ ransomware without the intervention of the Ransomware developers.
The only way to recover files infected by OPQZ ransomware is to pay the ransomware developers. Sometimes it is possible to recover your files but this is only possible when the ransomware developers made a flaw in their encryption software, which unfortunately doesn’t occur frequently.
I do not recommend paying for the OPQZ ransomware, instead, make sure you have a valid FULL back-up of Windows and restore it immediately.
Read more about how to restore Windows.
Having said that there are no tools at this moment to restore your encrypted files by the OPQZ ransomware because the decryption key used to recover your files is server-side meaning the decryption key is only available from the ransomware developers.
There is a OPQZ ransomware removal tool to remove the ransomware file.
Try to decrypt files using online tools
You can try to restore files using the ID Ransomware decrypt tools. To proceed you need to upload one of the encrypted files and identify the ransomware that infected your computer and encrypted your files.
If a decryption tool is available on the NoMoreRansom site, the information will show you how to proceed. Unfortunately, this almost never works out. Worth the try though.
Remove OPQZ Ransomware with Malwarebytes
Note: Malwarebytes will not restore or recover your encrypted files, it does, however, remove the virus file that infected your computer with the OPQZ ransomware and downloaded the ransomware file to your computer.
It is important to remove the ransomware file if you are not reinstalling Windows, by doing so you will prevent your computer from another ransomware infection.
- Install Malwarebytes, follow on-screen instructions.
- Click Scan to start a malware-scan.
- Wait for the Malwarebytes scan to finish.
- Once completed, review the OPQZ ransomware detections.
- Click Quarantine to continue.
- Reboot Windows after all the detections are moved to quarantine.
You have now successfully removed OPQZ Ransomware file from your device.