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

.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
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encrypt files stored on the infected computer. Then it demands a ransom for decryption solution.
SymptomsImportant files are locked and renamed with .Auroraextension. They remain unusable until a ransom is paid.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

.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:
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:


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.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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