Ransomware

Ako Ransomware


Ako Ransomware

Ako is a ransomware infection developed with the sole purpose to extort money from its victims through a simple blackmail scheme. What Ako Ransomware does is it secretly encrypts the files found on a computer and then places a ransom-demanding message on its screen. The Ako Ransomware Ransomware stays pretty much invisible during the time it is busy locking-up your files. Only once it ends the file-locking process does this virus reveal itself. Typically, a threat like Ako Ransomware would generate a text file or a banner with ransom-payment instructions contained in it.

Ako Ransomware

Тhe Ako Ransomware is distributed through spam emails.

This article was created to discuss the typical features of Ako Ransomware and the possible methods there are to remove it. This program is a new representative of the Ransomware class and what it does is it renders some of your most important information inaccessible by encrypting it with complex code. The article below gives further details and instructions on how to deal with the applied encryption and possibly recover some of your information, as well as steps on how to remove the Ransomware virus from your computer.

The Ako Malware

The Ako Ransomware virus is a harmful computer threat intended to encrypt valuable user information and keep it inaccessible until a ransom is paid. The people behind the Ako Ransomware virus typically demand a certain amount of money in order to provide the victims with a special decryption key to access their files. The Ako Malware virus operates silently and most users fail to notice it during the encryption period. Part of the reason for that stems from the fact that the file encryption is not a damaging process and it doesn’t harm the affected data. Once ready with the encryption, Ako Malware notifies its victims about the required ransom and the way it must be paid.

The first thing that Ako Ransomware does once it gets inside your computer is to determine which files you open and use frequently, and then encrypt them all with a secret encryption code. Then, after the file-encryption process is over, the hackers behind the ransomware alert you about all that has taken place by putting a message on your screen that also requires a ransom payment from you. The crooks want your money in order to send you a secret decryption code that can reverse the applied encryption and typically threaten that if you don’t pay, they will destroy that key and will leave your files inaccessible for good.

The Ako Ransomware file decryption

The Ako Ransomware file decryption is a complex coding procedure which, if performed successfully, can make the files encrypted by Ako Ransomware accessible again. The tricky part about the Ako Ransomware file decryption is that it requires a decryption key to be activated and that key is in the hands of the hackers behind the ransomware.

Being one of the latest representatives of the Ransomware’s file-encoding group, Ako Ransomware is malware that could be extremely difficult to fight off. In many cases, professional assistance may be necessary to remove the virus. Our removal guide below, however, is an alternative to the costly professional help and the ransom payment that the hackers want. Its steps can be quite effective when it comes to successfully removing Ako Ransomware, as long as you follow them closely. If you find it hard to strictly repeat the manual steps, though, it might be faster and better to use a professional removal tool. Whichever method you choose to deal with the Ransomware, we would like to advise you not to pay any ransom money until you try alternative methods to manage the infection. As far as your encrypted files are concerned, in the guide below you will find a section with some free file-recovery suggestions that may work. Of course, we cannot give you any guarantees about the future of your data but if you can extract copies from your system or have backup copies, now is the time to use them.

SUMMARY:

Name Ako Ransomware
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Only for PC
Detection Tool

Remove Ako Ransomware


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Ako Ransomware files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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