Foqe Ransomware might not seem like much of a computer infection, but this program can still cause you a lot of trouble. This infection can lock up your personal files, and if you don’t have a backup, it could be the end of it. That is why we always emphasize how important it is to prepare for a potential ransomware infection.
Now that you have Foqe Ransomware on-board, you need to remove it. You can also try the public decryption tool that was created for the STOP Ransomware, too. Foqe Ransomware comes from the STOP Ransomware family, and it is often that the file encrypted by the clones from this group can be decrypted using this public decryption tool.
However, there is a catch to it. The public decryption tool works only if an offline encryption key is used by the programs that are based on STOP Ransomware. If Foqe Ransomware and other similar programs (like Geno Ransomware, Efji Ransomware, Zida Ransomware, and so on) use an online encryption key, then you will have to rely on a file backup to restore your files.
Again, a file backup is the best option when it comes to retrieving the files that were affected by a ransomware infection. Unfortunately, a lot of users think that it’s not going to happen to them, and they fail to create file backups. Worse, there are a lot of businesses that, for one reason or the other, fail to back up their data or their employers’ data. And if something like Foqe Ransomware enters their system, they are bound to experience severe losses.
That’s also why we all have to know how ransomware infections spread. If we are aware of the fact that they usually travel via spam email attachments, we would be more wary of emails from unknown parties that come with attached files. For instance, if you receive an email that comes with an urgent wording, and it also tells you that you have to open the file no matter what, that’s probably one of the biggest red flags you could get. Even if the file does look legitimate, you can still scan it with a security tool and see whether it’s safe or not. If the scanner deems the file in question malicious, you can remove it right away.
Now, with the security measures covered, let’s see what happens when Foqe Ransomware actually enters your system. You can probably tell already that this program successfully encrypts your files. To rub it in, this program also adds extension to all the encryption files. For instance, a dog.jpeg filename would look like dog.jpeg.foqe after the encryption. It’s almost as if the infection signs all the files it affects, just in case you didn’t know that you were infected.
Needless to say, your system will no longer be able to read your files, and you might feel at a loss. This is when you will notice the ransom note dropped in your C:\ directory. All programs from the STOP Ransomware family share the same ransom note text, and Foqe Ransomware also says that the “only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.” But of course, you know by now that you shouldn’t pay a single cent for the decryption tool. At least you shouldn’t buy it from these people.
Instead, you need to focus on removing Foqe Ransomware from your system. You can do that by employing a powerful antispyware tool or by following the manual removal instructions below. Automatic malware removal is faster and more efficient, and you can also use the security tool that removed Foqe Ransomware to protect your system from various malicious threats.