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Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Aurora Ransomware

It is not that easy for Aurora Ransomware to invade operating systems because it usually has to go through the human barrier, which means that it has to trick the owner/user of the system to let it in. According to our malware researchers, this particular threat is most likely to use RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) connections to slither in, and if remote access is unattended and vulnerable, malware could be dropped silently. That being said, malicious installers and corrupted, misleading spam emails could be used for distribution purposes also, and if this is how the threat got in, you can blame no one but yourself. Is your operating system clean at this moment? If it is, we encourage you to install anti-malware software and back up all important files immediately. If the ransomware has slithered in already, you still need to take the same advice, but, first, you need to learn about it and what it has done to your files, as well as how to delete it. Are you worried that you will not be able to remove Aurora Ransomware? We’ve got you covered.

You might realize that malware slithered into your operating system when you discover the “.Aurora” extension added to the names of your files and that these files cannot be read as per usual. That is because these files are encrypted, and unless the data of the file is restored using a decryptor, there is nothing you can do to fix the issue. Of course, most victims fully realize what is going on, and that an infection called Aurora Ransomware is behind the mess only after they open and read the ransom note file, “HOW_TO_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.txt”. According to our research team, the file is created on the Desktop, and 5 copies are created along with it. These have a slight modification with a number attached at the end of the name. Note that if you delete this file right away, you will not gain anything because this TXT file is not malicious and is not used for the encryption purposes. That being said, you could be at risk if you trust the information that is represented via this file. The goal behind the message, of course, is to make you pay the ransom, but you must keep in mind that you will not have Aurora Ransomware deleted by paying it, and your personal files are most likely to remain encrypted too.

The ransom message by Aurora Ransomware informs that using third-party decryption tools is not recommended, but that is just a scare tactic. Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find a tool that would be able to decrypt your files anyway. Cyber criminals behind the ransomware are using a complex encryptor, and deciphering it is unlikely to be possible. This is meant to push you into paying for a “private key” that would allegedly decrypt all of your personal files. The set price for this key is 100 USD, and you are meant to pay it in Bitcoins to the cyber criminals’ bitcoin wallet (172fqoLfYkMQXk6tmEqGH3y43gQwAzSSFJ). If you obey the demands, your money will land into the virtual pocket of the mastermind behind Aurora Ransomware, and you will not be able to get it back no matter who you contact. This is why cyber crooks are using crypto-currency payments that guarantee anonymity. The same is true for Crybrazil Ransomware, Embrace Ransomware, Scarab-Osk Ransomware, Rebus Ransomware, and all other infections alike. Without a doubt, all of them require removal, but, unfortunately, you will not get your files restored regardless of which of these infections you need to delete from your own operating system.

Are you surprised that the removal of Aurora Ransomware is pretty straightforward? There are plenty of complex infections that have tons of files, registries and other components, but that is not the case with most ransomware threats. They usually operate from the launcher file, and once files are encrypted, they do no need to do anything else, and the main focus goes to the ransom note files. Unsurprisingly, in this situation, you need only to delete Aurora Ransomware launcher and all of the ransom note files. Although the task is pretty simple, you might face an obstacle if you cannot identify the executable of the ransomware. What should you do if you cannot handle this? Do not worry because anti-malware software can solve this issue in no time. It also can solve the issue pertaining to your system’s protection, which, clearly, is in poor state. If your system is protected, and your files are backed up, you will not get into the same bad situation again.

Aurora Ransomware Removal

  1. Delete all recently downloaded files. If you know the specific location and name of the malicious .exe file, remove it first.
  2. Delete all copies of the HOW_TO_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.txt file.
  3. Empty Recycle Bin to complete removal and then quickly run a full system scan using a legitimate malware scanner.
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