Infected with Australian-AES Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is Australian-AES Ransomware
In this article, you will talk in detail about Australian-AES cryptovirus, which has become very popular in recent weeks. This, like many analogues, encrypts user files, such as office documents, archives, photos and videos, and so on. After encryption using the AES algorithm, this changes the extension of these files to .aes. Above all, after the changes are done, the files become unusable. Also, Australian-AES creates a special note that contains information about what happened:
** YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED. DO NOT CLOSE **
- Why have my files been encrypted? -
You files have been encrypted. This includes many of your important documents and other types of files, database, system files and more. Upon inspecting these encrypted files you may discover that they are using an unbreakable encryption algorithm, which can only be unlocked and decrypted with a special key.
This key can only be obtained though a bitcoin payment listed below. This is a certain way to recover and safely decrypt all your important files to get them back. All files after the amount is paid in full will be decrypted. This offer only has a certain time limit though and it's your choice whether you want the key permanently destroyed, so your files can not be decrypted at all.
For some background info, this is a simple, fund raiser attempt in the desperate, dark void of the internet. It's a noble thought intended to be good, as it's also been thought for years, but it's job is by doing right by those bad. All funds collected are filtered, then giving to charities that matter, so that as a collective of victims, a bigger reward is given to those who need it. If a small amount, is multiplied by thousands, those small interuptions in those people's lives, come at a greater cost for those who benifit from it more.
- How to pay for encrypted files? -
Bitcoin is a popular cryptocurrency nowdays, and therefore it's easy to buy bitcoin. For Australian's, bitcoin.com.au has a $50 BTC minimum limit.
Therefore, the amount is set at $60 AUD. Go to the bitcoin.com.au website and go through the steps to purchase the bitcoin. Next, use the bitcoin address provided below to send the bitcoins to that address. After that, simply wait for the time to expire and if the bitcoin's have been paid, the decryption key will be released.
Send $60 worth of bitcoin to this BTC address: [Copy Address]
Time left: 47:59:23
Decryption Key: *** [Copy Key]
Enter Key: [ ]
I have paid the BTC amount to the correct address above.
[Purchase Bitcoin] [Decrypt]
** WARNING: CLOSING THIS APPLICATION WILL RESULT IN ENCRYPTED FILES BEING PERMANENTLY ENCRYPTED ** [Minimise Window]
The note contains information that the user needs to pay several hundred dollars in the form of bitcoins to get their files back. Cryptocurrency is used to avoid harassment by cybersecurity services. Of course, we do not advise you to spend money on it. Better try using our recommendations to remove Australian-AES irretrievably and decrypt your files.
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How Australian-AES Ransomware infected your PC
As a rule, crypto viruses, in particular, Australian-AES, come to the PC through vulnerabilities in the network settings in the user’s system. Australian-AES may take the form of false updates for programs or utilities installed on the user’s computer. You need to use advanced versions of antiviruses that are really able to prevent the penetration of such threats. Below you can see our guides to remove Australian-AES and decrypt your files.
First of all, don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will Australian-AES Ransomware system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the Australian-AES Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
SpyHunter 5 – fully removes all instances of Australian-AES Ransomware – files, folders, registry keys.
You may find more detailed information about antivirus products in our article – Top 5 Antivirus Software for Windows
Restore your files using shadow copies
- Download and run Stellar Data Recovery.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from and press Scan.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Australian-AES Ransomware:
Related connections or other entries:
How to decrypt files infected by Australian-AES Ransomware?
You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.
Decrypt files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although latest versions of Australian-AES Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged. This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Written by Rami Douafi