I wrote this article to help you remove Aes_ni_0day Ransomware. This Aes_ni_0day Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Aes_ni_0day is one of the newest members of the already huge ransomware family. Unfortunately, more and more of these file-encrypting parasites are being developed every day. The reason for that is the fact that the ransomware business proved itself to be quite lucrative. Did you know that? In fact, do you know how these infections operate? Let us explain. Pretty much all ransomware follow a standard pattern of three steps: Invade, Encrypt, Extort. Aes_ni_0day is not an exception. It works the same way. First, it tricks you into allowing it to enter your system. Then it finds and encrypts all of your files. And finally, it blackmails you for money. Let`s get into more details.
Aes_ni_0day cannot enter your machine unless you give permission. The ransomware needs to be properly installed. However, you would never give such a pest a green light so it turns to tricks to dupe you. Tricks like spam emails messages, corrupted links/pages/torrents, freeware, fake updates, unverified download sources, etc. Yet, the most popular method is still spam. Crooks easily attach a parasite to a seemingly legitimate email and send it directly to your regular inbox. Be extra careful with messages from unknown senders. Do not open them and do not download their attachments as more often than not, they deliver malware. Hackers rely on your distraction and carelessness to succeed. If you blindly open everything you receive as a message, you are inviting pests on board yourself. Be more vigilant. All of the above-mentioned methods are good, but none is good enough to succeed without your negligence. So, don’t grant it. Stay safe.
Once Aes_ni_0day is on your system, it doesn’t waste time. It finds all your personal files in no time and them it locks them. As the name of the ransomware implies, it uses AES encryption algorithm to lock your data. All of your pictures, videos, music, files, archives, presentations, MS Office documents, etc. They all fall victim to the pest, hence, you no longer have access to any of them. You cannot open them, or listen to them. Nothing. All you see are their icons but they are empty. Also, moving the files or changing their names won`t help you either. However, what can be considered as a silver lining is the fact that Aes_ni_0day doesn’t encrypt files that are essential for your system. This means that your computer will work but your personal files are gone.
When the file encrypting process is complete, it is time for the last step – the extortion. Aes_ni_0day drops its ransom note for you in every folder, containing locked data as well as on your Desktop. According to the note, if you want your data back you have to pay a pretty hefty ransom amount. If you do, the crooks promise to send you a special decryption tool to free your files. It sounds pretty straightforward but it is not. First of all, you cannot trust that these people will keep their end of the bargain. There is a high chance that they don’t send you anything.
Second, even if you pay up, they send you the decryptor and you recover your data, you still lose. This is because the decryptor only removes the encryption, not the infection. Aes_ni_0day itself remains on your PC ready to attack again. And third, like this is not enough, by paying these hackers you are becoming their sponsor. You are giving them money which they will use only for expansion and more malware creation. Not to mention that paying also means that the crooks will have access to your personal data. Don’t help them. Do the right thing.
Use our removal guide below and remove this ransomware once and for all. And a piece of advice for the future, always create backups of your most important files in case something like this happens. Then you will be able to safely recover them without risking your privacy.
Aes_ni_0day Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Aes_ni_0day Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since Aes_ni_0day Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: