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.Aurora Files Virus – How to Remove It and Restore Files

Remove ransomware restore .aurora files sensorstechforum comThis article has been created in order to explain how to remove the Aurora ransomware infection from your computer and how you can restore files, encrypted with the .Aurora file extension added to them.

Aurora ransomware has been released in a new variant which is using the .Aurora file extension after it encrypts the files on the compromised computers by it. The ransomware infection causes immense damage to the files, making them no longer able to be opened by the victims. The malware also adds the .Aurora file suffix and drops a ransom note file, going by the name !-GET_MY_FILES-!.txt which is similar to the previous version of the ransomware. In the ransom note, the cyber-criminals aim to extort you into paying a hefty ransom fee to decrypt your encrypted files.

Threat Summary

Name .Aurora Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encrypt files stored on the infected computer. Then it demands a ransom for decryption solution.
Symptoms Important files are locked and renamed with .Auroraextension. They remain unusable until a ransom is paid.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.Aurora Files Virus – Update January 2019

Update! A decryption tool is now available for .Aurora Ransomware! The tool was created by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie and can be downloaded from the following link, wrapped inside a .zip archive: AuroraDecrypter.zip. The tool is designed to decrypt the following variants of the cryptovirus: .isolated, .ONI, .desu, .Aurora, .aurora, .Nano and .Animus.

.Aurora Files Virus – Distribution

The .Aurora file ransomware is the type of malware which aims to be replicated via campaigns that include spam e-mail messages which carry malicious attachments within them. These malicious attachments are often masked behind e-mails whose main goal is to trick the victim into opening them, while using deceptive tactics. Such tactics often portray the malicious e-mail attachments as seemingly legitimate types of files, from the likes of:

  • Invoices.
  • Receipts.
  • Banking statements.

The ransomware spammers may also send the e-mails with malicious web links embedded in them that lead to websites which cause the infection.

Furthermore, besides malicious web links, the ransomware virus may also be upoaded on suspicious websites as a seemingly legitimate type of file, whose primary purpose may be to get users to download it. To convince users, the file may pose as:

  • Setup of programs.
  • Portable software.
  • Game patches.
  • Cracks.
  • Key generators.
  • Software license activators.

.Aurora Files Virus – Analysis

The .Aurora ransomware starts it’s malicious activity as soon as the malicious files that are replicating it are executed. The ransomware virus may drop it’s payload files as a result of an exploit kit being activated on the computers of victims, which ensure that successfun infection takes place without the malware being detected. The payload of Aurora ransomware may be dropped in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

The .Aurora files virus may also drop it’s ransom note file, which is called !-GET_MY_FILES-!.txt and it’s primary purpose is to get users to make a ransom payment for the sum of $50. The note has the following contents:

==========================# YOUR PC BLOCK #==========================
SORRY! Your files are encrypted.
File contents are encrypted with random key.
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND you NOT to use any “decryption tools”.
These tools can damage your data, making recover IMPOSSIBLE.
Also we recommend you not to contact data recovery companies.
They will just contact us, buy the key and sell it to you at a higher price.
If you want to decrypt your files, you have to get RSA private key.
In order to get private key, write here:
oktropys@protonmail.com
And send me your id, your id:
-[redacted 9 numbers] And pay 50$ on 1DVrBzv6hb1D217NNqbjaForF3eG3HXc7a wallet
If someone else offers you files restoring, ask him for test decryption.
Only we can successfully decrypt your files; knowing this can protect you from fraud.
You will receive instructions of what to do next.
==========================# YOUR PC BLOCK #==========================

In addition to this, the ransomware virus may also use the Run and RunOnce registry sub-keys, preferrably by adding registry values in them with parameters that allow for the virus file of Aurora to run automatically when you boot Windows. The sub-keys have the following locations In the Windows Registry Editor and in those sub-keys values may be added with different names:

→HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

In addition to this, the ransomware virus may also delete the shadow volume copies on your computer by executing multiple different types of files on the users’ computers that run scripts in Windows Command Prompt which execute the following commands:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

.Aurora Files Virus – Encryption Process

When it comes to encrypting files, this version of Aurora ransomware hunts for the same types of files as the original one. The files which are in danger on your computer as a result of Aurora ransomware encrypting them may be of the following file types:

  • Audio files.
  • Images.
  • Videos.
  • Documents.
  • Images.
  • Backups.
  • Text files.
  • Archives.
  • Databases.

The virus encrypts the files after which leaves behind the .Aurora file extension, making the files to assume the following appearance:

The files are encrypted after which Aurora ransomware generates a unique decryption key and then sends it to the cyber-criminals, making them the only ones able to decrypt the files. Either way, paying the ransom is not advisable, because you cannot trust them and you support their criminal activities as well.

Remove .Aurora Files Virus and Restore Data

The .Aurora files virus can be removed either manually or automatically by following the removal instructions underneath this article. Be advised that security researchers often outline that using an advanced anti-malware software to perform the removal process is the most efficient method to go for, since such program guarantees to help you remove this software and secures your computer against any future intrusions by malware and unwanted programs as well.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this iteration of Aurora ransomware, we recommend that you follow the alternative methods we have suggested in step “2. Restore files, encrypted by .Aurora ransomware” below. They are in no way 100% effective, but with their aid you may be able to restore some or most of your encrypted files without having to pay ransom.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .Aurora Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .Aurora Ransomware

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall .Aurora Ransomware and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .Aurora Ransomware on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .Aurora Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for .Aurora Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .Aurora Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .Aurora Ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .Aurora Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .Aurora Ransomware and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to .Aurora Ransomware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to .Aurora Ransomware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to .Aurora Ransomware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove .Aurora Ransomware via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as .Aurora Ransomware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .Aurora Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .Aurora Ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


.Aurora Ransomware FAQ

What is .Aurora Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

.Aurora Ransomware is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does .Aurora Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..Aurora Ransomware Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of .Aurora Ransomware is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open ..Aurora Ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the ..Aurora Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..Aurora Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .Aurora Ransomware ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore "..Aurora Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..Aurora Ransomware files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of .Aurora Ransomware ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .Aurora Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..Aurora Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .Aurora Ransomware ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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