.QEWE File Extension

QEWE Ransomware Encrypted File

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What is a QEWE file?

A file with the .qewe extension has been maliciously renamed and encrypted by QEWE ransomware. It contains a document, image, video, or other file the ransomware is holding hostage. The .qewe extension is added to the file's normal extension, producing a compound extension like .jpg.qewe.

More Information

In May 2020, some PC users began reporting their computers had been infected by ransomware that encrypted their files and renamed them to use the .qewe extension. Further investigation revealed that QEWE ransomware is a variant of STOP DJVU ransomware, one of the most commonly distributed forms of ransomware.

How did my computer get infected by QEWE ransomware?

QEWE ransomware is most commonly distributed within programs that appear to be legitimate but are actually adware and malware bundles. If you recently downloaded and installed an unverified program, that may be how your computer became infected by QEWE ransomware.

How to open a QEWE file

Because QEWE files are encrypted, you cannot open them. At this time, there is no way to decrypt QEWE files. The best way to restore files encrypted by QEWE ransomware is to retrieve them from a recent backup or perform a System Restore.


FileInfo.com recommends you never pay a ransom to decrypt files encrypted by ransomware. Paying a ransom encourages ransomware distributors to continue their efforts, and there is no guarantee that paying a ransom will give you access to your files. Instead, you should restore your data from a recent backup created before the ransomware infected your computer.

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Programs that open QEWE files

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