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Remove Auinfo16@gmail.com Ransomware and Restore .Zip Encrypted Files

shutterstock_152253701Ransomware which belongs to the ACCDFISA viruses has become the reason for concerns of malware researchers. It has been reported to encode the files of the computers it infects leaving the file extension “(!! to get email id password {Unique ID} to auinfo16@gmail.com !!)” to the files which it has encoded by it. The virus is also believed to archive the files, converting them into a .zip file format. It may also modify the names of those files. Users, infected by the Auinfo16 ransomware are strongly advised into reading this material thoroughly to get familiar on how to remove Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware from their computers and try to get the files back.

Threat Summary

Name

Auinfo16@gmail.com

TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionAuinfo16@gmail.com ransomware, encrypts user files with what appears to be AES encryption and ask ransom money for decryption varying from the hundreds to thousands of dollars.
SymptomsThe user may witness various ransom notes dropped on the desktop by Auinfo16@gmail.com, changed wallpaper and several legitimately looking Windows processes, like svchost.exe to be running with unknown license on the computer.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, JavaScript, other malware or PUPs.
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Auinfo16@gmail.com Ransomware – Infection Distribution

To infect victim computers successfully, Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware might use so-called process obfuscation, exploit kits as well as JavaScript and other tools which conceal its malicious files while they are being dropped on the computer.

Also, Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware’s creators might use software that spams message automatically over the web. The software is known as spam bots, and the e-mails sent by these ransomware makers may have different content:

  • URLs which are malicious and can cause browser redirects and drive-by-downloads which can infect the user’s computer with malware.
  • E-mail attachments that have heavily obfuscated executables or other files which appear like a legitimate Microsoft Office or Adobe Reader files.

A viable technique to spread these viruses is by using adware or other unwanted programs, like browser hijackers, for instance. This software deliver advertisements and may even cause browser redirects at times. They are also ad-supported programs that can be installed incognito in combination with the installers of freeware downloaded from third-party websites. Since the ones who made those applications may not mind what type of URLs they advertise users are advised to remove such apps in case, they see them on sight.

Auinfo@gmail.com Ransomware – More Information

After it has been dropped on the victim PC, similar to the other versions of ACCDFISA ransomware, Auinfo16@gmail.com might execute a process with the same name and type as the legitimate svchost.exe critical Windows process. This payload may be located in a randomly named folder in the primary drive, for example:

C:\{Random name}\svchost.exe

The malware could also make a registry entry, creating it’s malicious svchost process to run on system boot up:

→ In the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, the value “C:\{Random name}\svchost.exe”

The malware could also drop its support files, also known as modules that might be concealed in various Windows folders:

→ %SystemDrive%
%SystemRoot%
%Temp%
%AppData%
%LocalAppData%
%ProgramData%
%WinDir%

Some of these files have been reported by malware researchers to have different names and be located in the following Windows folders:

→ %ProgramData%\local\ aescrypter.exe
%ProgramData%\local\ crdfoftrs.dll
%ProgramData%\local\ svchost.exe
%ProgramData%\local\ undxkpwvlk.dll
%ProgramData%\local\ vpkswnhisp.dll
%Users%\Public\Desktop\ how to decrypt aes files.lnk
%Windows%\SysWOW64\ csrsstub.exe
%Windows%\SysWOW64\ dcomcnfgui.exe
%Windows%\SysWOW64\ tcpsvcss.exe
%Windows%\SysWOW64\ tracerpts.exe
%Windows%\SysWOW64\ ucsvcsh.exe
%Windows%\SysWOW64\ wcmtstcsys.sss
%decrypt% decrypt.exe
how to decrypt aes files.lnk

After Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware’s encryptor is run, the malware could use protocols taken from the infamous WinRar software, making a unique method for archiving the data using a password that could be sent to servers of cyber-crooks together with a unique identifier. The identification is mention in the file extension which is added to the encoded files after they have been encrypted. For instance, in case the ID number is 111,111,111 files that have been encoded may look like this:

→ Picture.jpg.(!! to get email id password {Unique ID} to auinfo16@gmail.com !!).zip

Auinfo16@gmail.com mainly looks for files which are often used, like videos, images, document files, databases and even virtual images. It could even be set up to encode all the files, besides the ones that are crucial, by which windows can be able to run with success.

After the files have been encoded, just like other ACCDFISA malware, Auinfo16@gmail.com may change the wallpaper into a picture with ransom note:

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Remove Auinfo16@gmail.com and Try Restoring the Files

In conclusion, the Auninfo16@gmail.com virus could be removed instantaneously, instead of paying any ransom money. For this to happen, we encourage you to follow the instructions we have posted underneath and remove Auinfo16@gmail.com’s malicious files from your system. For this to be maximumly effective, malware research experts recommend to use a more automated approach and scan your PC with an advanced anti-malware program. It will detect and remove files associated with Auinfo16@gmail.com Ransomware completely from the computer and protect it in the future as well.

When it comes to decoding files, at present times we cannot locate a solution which has been released. However researchers are convinced that cracking this virus should be done soon. Malware writers have included in other versions of this virus that they have conducted improvements in it’s encryption. This is why we strongly recommend to you to be very careful when trying the methods for file reverting in step “3. Restore files encoded by Auinfo16@gmail.com Ransomware” underneath and to always make backups when you try doing this process yourself

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Auinfo16@gmail.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Auinfo16@gmail.com

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Auinfo16@gmail.com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Auinfo16@gmail.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Auinfo16@gmail.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Auinfo16@gmail.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Auinfo16@gmail.com.

Ransomware infections and Auinfo16@gmail.com aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Auinfo16@gmail.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Auinfo16@gmail.com and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Auinfo16@gmail.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Auinfo16@gmail.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Auinfo16@gmail.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Auinfo16@gmail.com via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Auinfo16@gmail.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Auinfo16@gmail.com.

Ransomware infections and Auinfo16@gmail.com aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Auinfo16@gmail.com FAQ

What is Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware and how does it work?

Auinfo16@gmail.com is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Auinfo16@gmail.com Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Auinfo16@gmail.com is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Auinfo16@gmail.com files?

You can't. At this point the .Auinfo16@gmail.com files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Auinfo16@gmail.com files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Auinfo16@gmail.com" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Auinfo16@gmail.com files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Auinfo16@gmail.com files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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