The Crypt888 ransomware cryptovirus is back and has a new variant called “Aviso”. The new variant targets users from Brazil, hence the ransom note is written in Portuguese. Aviso means “Warning” in Portuguese. The ransom note starts with that word in capital letters, placed on top, so it looks like a name. Thus, malware researchers have dubbed it this way.
The virus will encrypt files on a compromised computer and add a prefix to the encrypted files contrary to most ransomware viruses, which append extensions. To see how to remove the virus and how you can decrypt your locked files, read the article in full.
|Short Description||The virus is also known as Crypt888 and Mircop. It demands a ransom as payment for decrypting locked files. Different variants target specific countries.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware puts the prefix “Lock” in the file name of each encrypted file|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, .Zip archives|
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Aviso Ransomware – Infection Spread
The Aviso virus is targeted mainly at users from Brazil. That does not exclude the possibility for this ransomware to hit other countries. One of the main methods for spreading the infection relies on social engineering tactics and the targeted audience to speak Portuguese. A file called ENDESA_FACTURA.ZIP contains the payload file. Spam email campaigns usually spread that .zip archive as an attachment. The email will try to convince you that it is urgent for you to have a look in the attached document (called an invoice). Opening the file releases the virus, and your PC becomes infected.
The ransomware creators could be spreading the payload file not only with targeted attacks but through file-sharing networks and social media platforms as well. Do not open any executables or archives, especially if you received them in a suspicious email with an unknown origin. Always scan these types of files with security software and check them for their signatures and size beforehand. You should take a closer look at the ransomware preventing tips from our forum thread.
Aviso Ransomware – In-Depth Analysis
Malware researchers have discovered a new variant of the Crypt888 ransomware and have dubbed it “Aviso”. The latest version of the virus is primarily targeting Brazilian users and speakers of the Portuguese language. Among these victims, the new variant is most effective as its ransom note is written in Portuguese. You can look at the ransom note and why researchers gave the name Aviso to this threat, from the picture below:
The text in Portuguese reads:
TODOS os seus arqurvos foram BLOQUEADOS e esse bloqueio somente ser á DESBLOQUEAdo caso pague o valor de RS 2000.00 (Dois Mil Reais) em Bitcoons Após o pagamento desse valor, basta me enviar um pnnt para o email_
que estarei lhe enviando o programa com a senha para descryptografar/desbloquear o seus arquivos.
Caso o pagamento nao seja efetuado, todos os seus dados serao bloqueados
permanentemente e o seu computador será totalmente formatado
(Perdendo assim, todas as informa ções s contidas nele, incluindo senhas de email, bancarias…) O pagamento deverá ser efetuado nesse endereco de Bitcoin
This message is shown after the encryption of your files. The word “Aviso” translates into English as “Warning”. From the message it is also understood that you must pay 2000 Brazilian Reals to a Bitcoin address. That money amounts to 633 US dollars or exactly 1 Bitcoin according to today’s exchange rates. The email address email@example.com is given as a contact.
The Crypt888 cryptovirus first variant is known as Mircop ransomware and demanded the shocking sum of 48 Bitcoins. There are two more desktop backgrounds that are used by Crypt888 which come with the current variant, but they probably target other countries more than Brazil. You can see them below:
and this one
After executing its payload the Aviso variant of the ransomware could set new values in the Windows Registry for making itself more sustainable. Those values are put in entries of the registry and their aim is to make the virus start automatically with every boot of the Windows operating system. Next, the virus will encrypt files and show its ransom message demanding payment. A threat is put in the message stating that unless you pay your data will get formatted.
In any circumstance, you shouldn’t be thinking of paying these cybercriminals because paying them is not a solution. The extortionists will use that financial support for a new ransomware project and encrypt files again, maybe reaching more people. Researchers from AVG have a working decryptor utility for Crypt888 and they are positive that it works with Aviso. You can read more about it and decrypt files encrypted by Crypt888 ransomware from the corresponding article on our blog.
The Aviso variant of the virus encrypts nearly 100 file types, judging by the following list with different extensions:
→.3gp, .7z, .apk, .avi, .bmp, .cdr, .cer, .chm, .conf, .css, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .djvu, .dbx, .docm, ,doc, .epub, .docx .fb2, .flv, .gif, .gz, .iso, .ibooks,.jpeg, .jpg, .key, .mdb, .md2, .mdf, .mht, .mobi, .mhtm, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpg, .mpeg, .pict, .pdf, .pps, .pkg, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .ppsx, .psd, .rar, .rtf, .scr, .swf, .sav, .tiff, .tif, .tbl, .torrent, .txt, .vsd, .wmv, .xls, .xlsx, .xps, .xml, .ckp, .zip, .java, .py, .asm, .c, .cpp, .cs, .js, .php, .dacpac, .rbw, .rb, .mrg, .dcx, .db3, .sql, .sqlite3, .sqlite, .sqlitedb, .psd, .psp, .pdb, .dxf, .dwg, .drw, .casb, .ccp, .cal, .cmx, .cr2
All encrypted files will have the prefix Lock put in front of them. For example, if a file named Document.docx is encrypted it will receive the name Lock.Document.docx. You can see that from the image on the right. The used encryption algorithm is unknown, but researchers have decrypted it.
The Aviso ransomware is very likely to delete the Shadow Volume Copies of the Windows operating system with the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Continue reading to see how to remove this malware and check out ways in which to decrypt your data if the AVG decryptor didn’t work for you or you need alternatives for future-proofing your backup strategy.
Remove Aviso Ransomware and Restore “Lock” Files
If your computer got infected with the Aviso ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. In case the decryptor from AVG doesn’t work, you can check out other ways to recover your data. For that, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by Aviso Virus.
What is Aviso Virus Ransomware?
Aviso Virus 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 algorithms 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.
Can Aviso Virus Ransomware Cayse Damage?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Viruses, Like Aviso Virus?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.
Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.
How Does Aviso Virus Infect?
Via several ways.Aviso Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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 Aviso Virus 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 .Aviso Virus files?
You can't. At this point, the .Aviso Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Aviso Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".Aviso Virus" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Aviso Virus files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of Aviso Virus Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate Aviso Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Aviso Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Aviso Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.
What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?
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 can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way 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.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can Aviso Virus Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
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