AAWT Virus (.aawt File) Ransomware — Remove & Decrypt Files

If you can’t open your pics, documents, or other files and see the .aawt extension on them, your PC is definitely infected with Aawt ransomware. It pertains to STOP/Djvu ransomware group

Aawt ransomware encrypts personal documents found on the victim’s PC with the extension “.aawt” and after that creates the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are placed on the victim’s desktop in the “readme.txt” file. Its task is basically similar to other examples of the same family: Stop, Eebn, Epub.

What is Aawt Ransomware?

NameAawt Virus
Ransomware family1DJVU/STOP2 ransomware
Extension.aawt
Ransomware note_readme.txt
RansomFrom $490 to $980
Contactmanager@mailtemp.ch, helprestoremanager@airmail.cc
SymptomsThe images, videos, and other documents have the “.aawt” extension and cannot be opened by any programs
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Aawt is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents regular access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and images by ciphering them. It marks the ciphered files with the “.aawt” extension. Then Aawt ransomware adds a money ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In this note, you can see the instructions to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a certain Bitcoin address. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it uses to cipher the documents is not decryptable with modern computers. Even quantum computers that already exist will spend hundreds of years to get the decryption key.

How dangerous is the Aawt ransomware?

When Aawt ransomware appears on your computer, it will scan your disks for images, videos, and important documents. It encrypt] all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these documents are found, the ransomware will encrypt them and also change their extension to “.aawt” to make sure that you understand what happened.

After the Aawt ransomware encrypted the files on your computer, it will generate the last “readme.txt” file on the main screen. In addition to the ransom payment instructions, the victims also see the email addresses to contact the crooks – helprestoremanager@airmail.cc and manager@mailtemp.ch.

Here is the money ransom note that the Aawt ransomware shows to its victims:

ATTENTION!

Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail "Spam" or "Junk" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
manager@mailtemp.ch

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
helprestoremanager@airmail.cc

How did the Aawt ransomware get on my computer?

The Aawt ransomware spreads by placing links to get hacked programs or games. They try to keep their eye on all buzz themes which can be used to spread ransomware. New games releases, new popular films – Aawt creators make everything to get their victims on that. Some of the most favored tactics these crooks apply is one-day websites with torrent downloading links. Nonetheless, using the current news is not the only way these crooks use. Ways that have already become standard, such as email spamming, are likewise standard for STOP/Djvu ransomware distribution.

Malicious email spam
The example of email spamming that may lead to Aawt ransomware injection

Preventing this ransomware does not need a lot of effort. Considering the regular principles of computer hygiene will considerably reduce all hazards. Bear in mind that starting all files you receive on e-mail is not a great option. Even worse case is to enable macros in Microsoft Office files. However, it is better to stop the malware attack at the moment when you have only opened the email message. Inspecting the sender’s address can say a lot about what you can expect, as well as when you see things like “support@amazon.com”– it is likely a legit e-mail. On the other hand, stuff that tries to look like Amazon or FedEx shipment notification, but uses the e-mail address of “amazonspurrot1363@gmail.com”– need to make you get on the alarm. Above, you can see the example of such a message.

Outlaw sources of different digital things require some additional explanation. Breaking copyright policy surely throws you to the chance of being fined. However, utilizing torrent trackers or third-party sites to download “free” programs also exposes you to various malware. No one can oversee undisclosed people that launch the torrent seeding or release the hacked program version on the site with pirated program.

Aawt virus removal instructions.

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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Aawt virus detection and removal:

  • STEP 1. Download and install Trojan Killer.

  • STEP 2. Click on "Finish".

  • STEP 3. Wait until necessary updates are downloaded and installed.

  • STEP 4. Select computer scan type.

  • STEP 5. The software will begin scanning your computer.

  • STEP 6. Click on "Cure PC".

Restore the files encrypted by the Aawt ransomware

In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Aawt ransomware because the private key needed to unlock the encrypted files is only available through cybercriminals. However, we’ve listed one option you can use to recover your files below.

Warning! Make sure you remove the ransomware from your system first, otherwise, it will repeatedly encrypt your files.

If your files were encrypted with an offline key, there is a chance you can recover them by using Emsisoft Decryptor for the STOP/Djvu decryption tool. Follow the below guide to recover your files using the Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP/Djvu.

  1. You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
  2. When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
  3. Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Aawt files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
  4. The decryptor will inform you once the decryption process will be finished. If you require the report for your records, you can save it by clicking the “Save log” button.

If the Emsisoft Decryptor can’t decrypt your .aawt files and you do not plan on paying the ransom, it is advised that you make an image of the encrypted drives so that you can decrypt them in the future.

Your computer should now be free of the Aawt ransomware infection. However, suppose your current antivirus allowed this malicious program on your computer. In that case, you might want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Trojan Killer to protect against these types of threats in the future.

AAWT Ransomware — How To Remove Virus & Decrypt Files?

Name: AAWT Virus

Description: AAWT Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific aawt extension. AAWT ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.

Offer price: 480

Currency: $

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Virus

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I am from Ireland. My parents bought me a computer when I was 11, and several months after I have got a virus on this PC. I decided to enter the INSA Centre Val de Loire university after being graduated from the school. This French educational institution was offering a brand-new cybersecurity course. After getting the master's degree in cybersecurity, I've started working as a virus analyst in a little anti-malware vendor.