.AURORA File Extension
Aurora Ransomware Encrypted File
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What is a AURORA file?
An AURORA file is a file encrypted by the Aurora Virus, a trojan horse utilized by cybercriminals. It contains a user's file, such as a .WMV, .MP4, .XLSX, or .PDF file, encrypted with the 2048 bit RSA key. AURORA files became prevalent in 2018 and are similar to .LOCKY and .ODIN files.
The Aurora virus is highly dangerous malware. It is commonly referred to as ransomware, where the purpose of the virus is to take your files hostage and force you to pay the perpetrator (typically approximately $100 USD of bitcoin) to unlock your files. The virus is a trojan horse that is typically introduced through a personal .DOC file attached to an email. Once the virus affects your computer it begins scrambling your files, renaming them, and encrypting them. The virus then generates a .TXT ransom note named HOW_TO_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.txt, which informs you of the takeover and what you are meant to do to recover your files.
How to open a AURORA file
No known program can restore AURORA files to their original state. The best way to recover your files is to retrieve them from a recent backup or perform a System Restore to a point before your computer was infected.
FileInfo.com recommends you never pay a ransom to decrypt files encrypted by ransomware. Paying a ransom encourages ransomware distributors to continue their efforts, and there is no guarantee that paying a ransom will give you access to your files. Instead, you should restore your data from a recent backup created before the ransomware infected your computer.