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AutismLocker ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Ransomware

AutismLocker – ransomware that demands nudes for a ransom

AutismLocker ransomware virus

AutismLocker is a new ransomware[1] detection that has been revealed at the beginning of April 2018. Ransomware researchers found its debug version and a payload being distributed as an Autismlocker.exe executable. Once installed, it locks personal files using AES and RAS ciphers to render personal files stored on a target system hostage. The ransomware stands out from the crowd since it does not demand money. The developers of AutismLocker ransomware are perverts demanding for nude to be sent to jewsaintpeople@india.com address. 

Name AutismLocker
Type of malware Ransomware
Danger level High. Initiates system's changes, locks personal files
Related files Autismlocker.exe
Contact info jewsaintpeople@india.com
Decryptable No
In case of AutismLocker attack, run a full scan with Reimage

From the initial inspection, the AutismLocker ransomware might seem familiar to Hitler ransomware. However, these two has nothing in common except the name of the Furrer mentioned.

Listen to me you big juicy nut.
Your computer has been locked.
There are 2 ways to unlock it. To get the special code, you must record yourself gunning down innocent children or send me 15 of your nudes.
Send the recording or the nudes to jewsaintpeople@india.com, and we will make sure that you kill more than 17 people in the recording or make sure the nudes belong to you, and then you will get the code.
Once I get the recording/pics, I will put them on /b/.
Remember, Hitler did nothing wrong

It's not yet clear whether AutismLocker virus is circulating in the wild, but it's not a typical ransomware whatsoever. The information on the virus provided on the ransom note can seriously intimidate less-experienced PC users.

We hope that AutismLocker is a lame joke and the authors are not planning to exploit the program for the scandalous activities. Since there's not much information about AutismLocker malware revealed yet, we'll list the signs indicating that your PC may be infected:

  • Autismlocker.exe file running on Task Manager. CPU usage reaches up to 100%;
  • Most of the personal files locked. Feature unknown file extension, such as .autismlocker or .locked;
  • A text file (ransom note) created on the desktop;
  • Desktop background picture changed to “Your computer has been locked;”
  • The system runs slowly, restarts randomly;
  • The antivirus program cannot be launched.

These are the main signs indicating the presence of the ransomware. In this case, do not fall into panic. Boot the system into Safe Mode with Networking as explained below and launch a scan with your antivirus program to remove AutismLocker completely.

Note that manual AutismLocker removal is hardly possible. You can damage important system's components while leaving virus-related components intact. To get rid of this sick ransomware virus, run a full system scan with Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. Of course, you can use any other professional anti-virus, but make sure to update its definitions.

At the moment of writing, AutismLocker crypto-malware managed to evade detection. According to VirusTotal,[2] only 4 out of 66 AV engines are capable of detecting and eliminating it.

Criminals are unpredictable: ransomware can be spread in many ways

Ransomware infections are disseminated in many ways. To maximize the number of victim's, they often render diverse social engineering strategies and exploit kits at the same time.

One of the most widely used distribution technique is malspam. Crooks send spam with obfuscated email attachments via spambots. The attachment, be it a DOC or PDF file disguises ransomware payload. The most evident sign that the attachment is infected is the requirement to enable Macros to view it.

PC users should also be careful with suspicious software downloads, links, advertisements, and other content provided on illegal or dangerous websites, especially pornographic or gambling sites.

Cybersecurity experts from faravirus.ro[3] claim that the only way to bypass ransomware trap is to be extremely careful when browsing the net. Stick to the secure websites, download software from reliable sources, and restrain from clicking suspicious content. Finally, keep your anti-virus updated and make sure to enable real-time protection.

AutismLocker ransomware removal options

AutismLocker removal is impossible with the help of a powerful anti-virus program. In general, ransomware viruses tend to root deeply into the operating system and initiate modifications, including corruption of Registry entries and boot order.

Thus, to remove AutismLocker virus, you have to launch a security tool kin safe environment. After that, try to recover files encrypted by AutismLocker using backups or alternative methods. We'll provide a couple of data recovery solutions at the end of this article.

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To remove AutismLocker virus, follow these steps:

Remove AutismLocker using Safe Mode with Networking

To run a scan with anti-virus, boot Windows into Safe Mode with Networking.

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove AutismLocker

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete AutismLocker removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove AutismLocker using System Restore

If the previous method to boot the system in a safe environment failed, try these steps:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of AutismLocker. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that AutismLocker removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove AutismLocker from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by AutismLocker, you can use several methods to restore them:

Use Data Recovery Pro

Download Data Recovery Pro and run a scan with it. If it manage to crash AutismLocker ransomware code, it will present you with a list of recoverable data. 

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by AutismLocker ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Previous Windows Versions might help

There's no hundred percent guarantee that you'll be able to retrieve data by using previous Windows versions. However, if your system contains a System Restore Point created before the ransomware attack, this method is worth trying:

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

ShadowExplorer


Exploit Volume Shadow Copies. Download ShadowExplorer and launch its scanner.

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

AutismLocker decryptor is not available

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from AutismLocker and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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