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Remove AutoIt v3 script virus (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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AutoIt v3 script virus is malware that relies on legitimate scripting tool

AutoIt v3 script virus
AutoIt v3 script virus is malicious software that was written in AutoIt script language and can include trojans, rootkits, worms, etc.

AutoIt v3 script virus is malicious software that was written with the help AutoIt[1] freeware application, which is initially used to edit scripts for the use in a network environment. Unfortunately, hackers can use genuine tools to create malicious code, and that is exactly what many users that reported suspicious activity from AutoIt v3 script are facing. Users said that they acquired the virus after downloading such files as Michael_Buble_love.torrent.zip,[2] or infected their Flash drive with the payload from the infected computer. If you encountered any suspicious activity on your computer, there is a high chance it is contaminated and should be removed with the help of our guide – so please read on.

Name AutoIt v3 script virus
Type Malware
Distribution Infected files, unsafe websites, repacked installers, spam emails, etc.
Symptoms Vary, depending on the payload
Based on AutoIt scripting language
Related files  Michael_Buble_love.torrent.zip, Autoitv3script.exe, WinddowsUpdater.exe
Elimination Use reputable security software
Optimization To restore Windows registry and fix damage to the system, use PC repair software Reimage

Because AutoIt v3 script virus is not a specific malware but a script, it can carry many different payloads, depending on what hacker programmed it to be. Reddit[3] user reported that his encounter with malware started when his Flash stick got contaminated. The initial infection was loaded into a suspicious file under the name of autoit v3 script.exe, and after the execution, the user noticed thousands of files being created on the hard drive.

In another instance, a user tried to download a torrent file which actually had a .zip appendix at the end. Thus, users who download movies or other media from torrent networks should be cautious.

Symptoms of the infection can vary, as it all depends on the goals of the hacker who wrote the malicious script. However, you might experience the following signs:

  • Frequent errors and BSODs;
  • Redirects to suspicious websites;
  • Additional programs installed without warning;
  • Increased CPU usage;
  • Stuttering HD video or games;
  • Windows registry keys altered (not immediately visible);
  • Multiple entries created on the machine, etc.

Unfortunately, malware like AutoIt v3 script virus is often designed not to produce any symptoms at all, especially if it was created for data harvesting purposes. Thus, you should remove AutoIt v3 script virus with the help of reputable security software and then scan the PC with Reimage in order to make sure all virus damage is eliminated.

While AutoIt v3 script virus removal might be completed automatically, experts highly discourage such actions. Those who do not possess in-depth computer knowledge should rely on professional tools that would detect malware automatically.

AutoIt v3 script malware
AutoIt v3 script virus is a dangerous cyber threat that should be eliminated with the help of anti-malware software.

Something to take into consideration when considering to improve computer safety

Malware, such as trojans, worms, ransomware, rootkits,[4] and other dangerous threats can be acquired on the internet, and hackers don't even have to put much effort into its distribution, in some cases. However, most of the intrusion methods require victims' interaction in one way or another, so it all comes down to the precaution measures, and time one is prepared to put into cybersecurity.

First of all, the rule number one is acquiring powerful security software. One can argue whether or not paid AV solutions are better than free ones, but many researchers claim that non-free versions provide overall better protection from threats.

After installing reputable security software, users should also pay attention to spam emails, as they can carry parasites inside malicious attachments or include links to malware's payload. Thus, do not casually open document, PDF, text or similar files that are attached to the email coming from an unknown source.

Another important step to protect yourself from malware is the software updates. Security patches fix bugs that would otherwise allow attackers to use exploit kits and infect vulnerable machines with malware.

Eliminate AutoIt v3 script virus from your computer

Looking at how the AutoIt v3 script virus is constructed, it will mostly be a payload designed to steal data, mine crypto, spread on the network, lock up files or does other tasks that are harmful to the victim. Such viruses usually use sophisticated obfuscation, and persistence techniques, so manual  AutoIt v3 script virus removal might be almost impossible.

Instead, we suggest you download and install reputable security software that is capable of detecting malware. Note that some viruses interfere with AV engines, so entering Safe Mode with Networking might be necessary. You will find all the instructions below.

After you remove AutoIt v3 script virus, you should use Reimage or similar software to repair virus damage and restore Windows registry.

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To remove AutoIt v3 script virus, follow these steps:

Remove AutoIt v3 script using Safe Mode with Networking

To remove AutoIt v3 script virus safely, enter 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 AutoIt v3 script

    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 AutoIt v3 script removal.

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

Remove AutoIt v3 script using System Restore

System Restore might also help you stop malware:

  • 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 AutoIt v3 script. 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 AutoIt v3 script removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from AutoIt v3 script and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

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