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AZORult virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Trojans

AZORult virus is a trojan horse used to spread Aurora ransomware to the target devices

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AZORult is a trojan horse which can log keystrokes and steal private data.

AZORult is a Trojan horse which has been spreading via malicious spam emails that impersonate job applications, e.g. “My name is Britney and I'm interested in a job.” The virus is using a backdoor[1] feature to infect systems with more dangerous infections. Recently, AZORult virus was found spreading Aurora ransomware. In addition, it can be used to collect valuable personal information and then transfer it to its developers. Keep in mind that it might later be used for phishing purposes and lead to financial losses. 

Name AZORult
Type Trojan horse
Danger level High. Collects sensitive data and infects systems with malware
Detection Regular computer users might not be able to identify the infection as it doesn't display a visible window
Potential dangers It can steal logins, passwords, credentials and exploit them for malevolent purposes. Also, the backdoor feature could open a path for more cyber threats
Distribution Spreads via malspam campaigns. Emails come impersonating job applications with a malicious attachment which disguises as a .doc resume file
Removal If the trojan managed to infect the system, you should get Reimage to uninstall AZORult virus safely

The most notable feature of AZORult virus which makes it exceptionally dangerous is the keylogging[2]. In other terms, this cyber threat is programmed to record keystrokes, open spoof login windows that look legitimate and collect credentials, personal data and additional valuable information for the developers of AZORult stealer.

Keep in mind that personally identifiable data is highly valuable for the attackers as they might sell it in the underground market and earn illegal profits. Such activity not only puts your privacy at risk but also may lead to enormous financial losses by unauthorized transactions from your bank account.

Additionally, AZORult could be capable of providing remote access to the attacked system for the hackers. Likewise, cybercriminals could use a backdoor feature to open paths for more malicious programs and damage the computer permanently. 

For all the reasons mentioned above, we strongly suggest you remove AZORult virus as quickly as possible. Since the infection does not display a visible window, you may not be able to identify it in the first place. Therefore, the wisest decision would be to get a professional antivirus.

Reimage is an excellent choice for AZORult removal as it will scan all system files within several minutes and recognize the trojan horse. If you can't install the security software, you should boot your computer into Safe Mode. Free instructions showing how to do so are appended at the end of this article. 

Obfuscated Trojan horse is distributed via malicious job application email

According to the researchers[3], this trojan horse spreads via malspam campaign sending malicious emails as job applications. Users receive electronic letters asking to apply for a job place. Additionally, the message includes the .doc resume file which is protected with a password. 

Unfortunately, this is a trick used to lure unsuspecting computer users into opening the malicious attachment with the payload of a trojan horse. Keep in mind that cybercriminals are highly advanced as the password protection feature prevents users from scanning the file with an antivirus before opening. 

Therefore, you should be exceptionally cautious and recognize an attempt to infect your computer with a malicious program immediately. Note, do NOT click on the attachment and refrain from opening the email in the first place. In fact, never click on any inbox content which comes from people or companies you don't have business with. 

Remove AZORult virus with the help of a security tool

AZORult analysis showed that manual elimination of the virus is almost impossible. Trojan horses are sophisticated and may find ways back to the system if a regular computer user fails to get rid of it properly. Luckily, you can remove AZORult virus automatically with a professional antivirus.

Download and scan your computer with Reimage. Once it detects any dangers, it will perform AZORult removal automatically within several minutes. Although, if you have struggles installing the security tool, try disabling the virus by rebooting your system into Safe Mode as shown in the instructions below.

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To remove AZORult virus, follow these steps:

Remove AZORult using Safe Mode with Networking

Guide showing how to boot the computer 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 AZORult

    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 AZORult removal.

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

Remove AZORult using System Restore

  • 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 AZORult. 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 AZORult removal is performed successfully.

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

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