I wrote this article to help you remove Auinfo16@gmail.com. This Auinfo16@gmail.com removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware is a deceptive win-locker virus. The clandestine program encrypts most of the files on the hard drive. It claims that it has detected emissions of child porn ads from the computer. The win-locker appears under the name ACCDFISA Protection Program. The abbreviation stands for Anti Cyber Crime Department of Federal Internet Security Agency. The covert program is described as a polymorphic virus. The win-locker lists an official statement, notifying the user that his system is being used to spread child pornography. The encryption is a measure, taken to put a halt to this activity. Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware does not accuse the user of cyber crime. The strategy is different. The furtive program explains that your system has been infected by a virus which exploits its resources to carry out its malicious agenda. According to the message, you have to pay to cleanse your computer of the infection. This is a scam. The statements of Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware have no merit. We advise you not to meet the demands of the cyber criminals.
How does Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware inflict damage on the targeted computer?
The methodology of Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware is different from the techniques, applied by most win-lockers. Much like its message, the shady program deceives the victim by giving him false information. Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware does not use a cryptosystem, but it pretends to. The win-locker appends the .aes extension to the names of the encrypted files. AES stands for Advanced Encryption Standard. You may get the impression that your data was locked using this cipher. This is not the case. Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware exploits the WinRAR program to lock files and set a passwords for accessing them. Upon penetrating your computer, the win-locker creates two Windows processes called Diagnostic Service System Host and Network List System Service. The clandestine program sets its configuration to begin working on system launch. It uses a RUN key called svchost, linked to the svchost.exe process. This is one of the main operational tasks of the Windows OS.
Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware targets documents, databases, presentations, spreadsheets, audios, videos, images, archives and other personal files. Since a ransom note would be redundant, the rogue program only uses the message to get the entire information through to the user. The notification also functions as a decryptor. The victim is instructed to transfer a payment of $100 or €100 (according to his country of residence) through MoneyPak, Paysafecard or Ukash Code. He has to send the amount, together with a unique reference number, by SMS to a service phone number. Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware explains that the payment must be made within 48 hours because the virus modifies itself in this interval. A deadline is set to give users little time to think the situation through and make them collaborate. The message states that within 1-3 hours your computer will be cleansed of all infections and the decryption code will be sent out. Research has shown that Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware does not decrypt files pursuant to the payment being made. Rather, the win-locker deletes them when the user puts the code into use. Paying the ransom would be pointless.
How does Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware penetrate into computers?
Auinfo16@gmail.com ransomware travels in spam emails. The shady program hides behind attached files. It waits for the user to open the attachment. Doing so would prompt its download and install on the background. You may not notice that the win-locker has broken into your system. Spammers use deceptive strategies to make people believe that the fake email is genuine. They often write on behalf of reliable companies and entities, like the national post, courier firms, social networks, e-commerce platforms, government branches and the local police department. To distinguish spam from legitimate postage, check the email address. The sender should have used an official account to contact you.
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Auinfo16@gmail.com deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since Auinfo16@gmail.com first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: