.SSPQ File Extension
STOP SSPQ Ransomware Encrypted File
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What is an SSPQ file?
An SSPQ file is a file that has been renamed and encrypted by STOP SSPQ ransomware, which is malware distributed by cybercriminals. It contains a normal file, such as an image or text document, that the ransomware is holding hostage. SSPQ files cannot be decrypted.
In June 2021, some PC users began reporting their computers had been infected by a new variant of STOP ransomware. This variant encrypts users' files and appends them with the .sspq extension. The ransomware then produces a plain text ransom note, typically named _readme.txt. The note contains instructions users are supposed to follow to decrypt their files. (You should never pay a ransom to decrypt your files.)
How did my computer get infected by STOP SSPQ ransomware?
STOP SSPQ ransomware is most commonly distributed within "free programs" that are actually adware and malware bundles. If you recently downloaded and installed a "free program" (especially one that is meant to be a copy of a paid program) from a software download website, that may be how your computer became infected by STOP SSPQ ransomware.
NOTE: To learn more about STOP ransomware, refer to the .STOP entry.
How do I open an SSPQ file?
SSPQ files are encrypted files, so you cannot open them. Additionally, because SSPQ files are encrypted using an online private key, there is no way to decrypt them.
If your computer has been infected by STOP SSPQ ransomware, the best option to restore your files to their original state is likely to perform a System Restore. Note that performing a System Restore will cause you to lose any data created in the interval between now and your last restore point. So, you may want to back up any usable data created since your last restore point.