Infected Ransomware

What is Infected Ransomware?

Infected Ransomware, according to the researchers at, is very similar to an older infection known as Aurora Ransomware. It is possible that this malware belongs to the same attackers; otherwise, different parties are using the same malware code. In both cases, it appears that a free decryptor exists, and can be used to recover the encrypted files. This is terrific news, considering that most file-encrypting ransomware use ciphers that are impossible to crack. Hopefully, you too can free your personal files using a free decryptor, or you can use backups to replace the corrupted copies of your files. In any case, you must delete Infected Ransomware from your Windows operating system. Once you take care of that, you also need to think about the security of your system because you do not want other file-encryptors to slither in again, do you? Please take note of any questions that you might come up with, and you do not hesitate to add them to the comments section. We are here to help you with removal, and we are sure that we can find a solution that works for you.test

How does Infected Ransomware work?

Do you know how the malicious Infected Ransomware spreads? According to our research team, there is no one specific way that the attackers would infect systems. Some could be infected via spam emails, others could be infected using bundled downloaders, and there are plenty of other methods of distribution that could be employed as well. It comes as no surprise that after invasion, Infected Ransomware immediately encrypts files and then adds the “.infected” extension to their names. The attackers do not care to destroy your files, and the only reason they encrypt your files is so that they could have a way to demand money from you. The idea is that once your files are “locked” (when they are encrypted, they cannot be read), you will have no other option but to pay for a decryption tool. Now, we already know that a free decryption tool exists, and so there is no reason to pay the ransom before or after removing Infected Ransomware. Unfortunately, not all victims will figure this out, and these are the victims that could be fooled.

To make sure that the victims of Infected Ransomware know what is happening, a ransom note is created and placed next to the encrypted files. According to our research team, the message is always the same, but the name of the file can be different, including “@@_FILES_ARE_ENCRYPTED_@@.txt,” “@@_HOW_TO_RETURN_DATA_@@.txt,” and “@@_RECOVERY_INSTRUCTIONS_@@.txt.” Of course, we suggest deleting this file immediately. If you open it, nothing bad will happen, but the attackers could use the message to trick you into doing something senseless. The message inside the file informs that you need to obtain the so-called “RSA private key” to recover the file, and to obtain it, you need to send a file named “000000000.key” – which is located in %APPDATA% – to It is stated that you would get “instructions on what to do next” afterward. Clearly, the attackers would ask you to pay money, and you already know that that is a bad idea. As a matter of fact, even if a free decryptor did not exist, we would recommend focusing on removal and not on the payment of the ransom.

How to remove Infected Ransomware

There is no doubt that you need to delete Infected Ransomware, and we are sure that we do not need to convince you to do it. But how are you supposed to do it? Removing it manually can be challenging even if you are more experienced because the file that has launched the infection could be anywhere, and even its name could be unique. Needless to say, that is why we cannot point you directly to it. The instructions below provide a basic guide on which elements must be erased. If you cannot remove Infected Ransomware manually, you can install an anti-malware program to assist you. This tool will automatically detect and erase infections, and it will also strengthen your system’s protection to ensure that new threats cannot invade it in the future.

Removal Guide

  1. Delete all recently downloaded suspicious files that could have executed the infection.
  2. Tap Win+E keys to access Windows Explorer and then enter %APPDATA% into the quick access field.
  3. Right-click the file named 000000000.key and choose Delete.
  4. Find and Deleteall copies of the ransom note file:
    • @@_FILES_ARE_ENCRYPTED_@@.txt
    • @@_HOW_TO_RETURN_DATA_@@.txt
  5. Empty Recycle Bin and then immediately perform a full system scan using a legitimate malware scanner. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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