hi, i am in a bit of a tizz (panic-striken actually!) my PC having been infected by some kind of virus. The majority of certain file types have had their extensions altered. I have noticed this on many of my .jpeg files, but on others too (.doc, .pdf etc.)
If i right-click on one of the files to obtain its properties, windows installer opens up telling me it wants to configure a program, Nero, if i cancel this action i can then access property information on that file. All those affected seem to have as their file type: RYHQNQC File.
If I look at these files within their folder quite often the affected files will have .JPG displaying after their name. For example a .jpeg file prior to infection may have been called "image1" and it would only be seen in its folder as its name i.e. "image1" after infection it would appear in its folder as "image1.JPG". and on right-clicking and reaching the properties as stated it is of file type "RYHQNQC File" and as such has become "image1.JPG.RYHQNQC"
Moreover the infection has affected all my drives, with thousands of files having been given the RYHQNQC File extension.
Having looked around the web trying to establish what sort of virus has caused this, it looks similar to the ransom crypt type viruses, but I cannot be sure, since I am not being asked for payments to decrypt etc.
I really would appreciate any help or pointers in the hope that I may be able to restore my infected files.I am not too techy, so please if you can offer any help in simplistic terms, then wonderful. I'd be heart-broken should I not be able to recover them. My many thanks in advance, Nicola