How to remove Audit virus and restore encrypted files

Audit ransomware virus

Audit is the malicious software infecting machines mostly via Trojans and phishing e-mails. Sometimes web-criminals use zero-day vulnerabilities to penetrate the system, but they are speedily corrected. After the infection, Audit checks the hard disc, defines the number of folders for encryption and their rough price. Currently, each new virus can encrypt video, text, image and audio files in all known extensions. Virus encrypts all files, but those that look like business documents go first. All software on computer will be safe because fraudsters want only information. The operation is carried out with the help of famous AES and RSA algorithms, and its complexity is so above the average level that it can't be bruteforced. This is the ground for such a stunning efficiency of ransomware in last years: an ordinary user, even if he has a pretty good experience in suchlike things, will never be able to recover the data, and will have to pay ransom. The single method to restore files is to crack the scam website and get the encryption keys. Also there's a chance to obtain the keys via faults in viruse's program code. The encrypted files get.YYY extension, and asks for ZZZ for data recovery.

This page is dedicated to virus called Audit which infects customers' machines around the world, and corrupts their files. In this item we've gathered important info about Audit's essence, and how to delete Audit from your PC. In addition, we'll tell you how to get back the corrupted data, if possible.

The computer knowledge is extremely important in progressive world, as it assists you to guard the PC from hazardous programs. Unfortunately, 90% of customers see the significance of PC knowledge only when ransomware infects their computers. It's very easy to minimize the chances to get encrypting virus if you'll follow these rules:

    • Take notice to the dialog boxes. If the system is polluted by virus, it will endeavour to eliminate all copies of your data, to lower the chances of restoration. However deleting of copies needs admin rights and user's confirmation. So, if you don't confirm alterations from a strange program at the proper time, you will save the opportunity to restore all encrypted files for free.
    • Monitor the state of your PC. It needs a lot of CPU resources to encrypt the data. In the first seconds of infection, the CPU speed decreases, and the encrypting process appears in Process Manager. You can recognize this moment and shut down the computer before files will be totally damaged. Of course, the certain amount of data will be corrupted, but the rest of them will be safe.
    • Carefully examine your emails, particularly those messages that have files attached to them. If you don't know who send the letter and it notifies about receiving any prize, a lost parcel or something similar, this might be a fraud letter. The #2 effective sort of such messages is a forgery for business correspondence. It is normal to be interested and read the e-mail even if it's sent to the wrong address, but don't forget that a single click on the viral file may cost you lots of efforts, time and money.

Malware elimination is not the happy end - it's just a one move from many before the complete file recovery. If you delete virus, you won't return the information immediately, it will demand additional measures described in the "How to restore encrypted files" paragraph. To get rid of Audit, you have to boot the computer in safe mode and scan it via AV-tool. Some ransomware can't be eliminated even via antivirus-tool, and have other serious mechanics of security. Many viruses can easily erase corrupted information, or part of it, if somebody tries to uninstall the virus. This is very undesirable, and the following paragraph will assist you to avoid it.

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Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab


Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

Antivirus scanner

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

If you fulfilled all conditions, described in previous part of an entry - it's time to decypher the files. In fact, this is not literally decipherment, as the encryption methods owned by swindlers are extremely complex. There are the some exceptions, but most of the time data restoration takes plenty of time and efforts. If you can't wait and are going to recover the information by hand - here's the complete entry on that topic.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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