Fargo Ransomware

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This page aims to help you remove FARGO Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any FARGO ransomware files can be recovered.

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The FARGO ransomware ransom note

This article has been assembled due to the increase in the number of the machines infected with FARGO Ransomware Virus. Briefly speaking, FARGO represents a type of Ransomware, which is basically file-encrypting software that once inside your system causes the locking up of some of your files and the appearance of blackmailing notifications on your screen, stating that ransom needs to be paid for the decryption of these files.

The FARGO Ransomware

As you already know from the paragraph above, FARGO is a Ransomware-based program, exploited by dishonest hackers to extort money from you by locking up certain ones of your files and after that – demanding an amount of money to be paid in exchange for them. In the following paragraphs we are going to describe the way the FARGO ransomware enters your PC and the way it functions in detail.

The FARGO File virus ransomware

How has FARGO ransomware managed to infiltrate your computer?

In fact, this Ransomware often doesn’t enter your PC on its own. It sometimes brings a Trojan horse virus with it to assist with this important malicious task. These two programs seem to be best friends and tend to travel in the company of each other. What the Trojan actually does is to look for a weak spot in any of your installed software or in your OS itself and use it to sneak the Ransomware inside. Once this is done, the FARGO ransomware proceeds with its own business, which is focused on finding and blocking the data that you have currently used or usually use. After that the actual encryption process begins. A double-part key is used for locking up your files. The first component of the key is normally given to you as soon as the process is completed. For the second part, though, you usually receive a ransom request in the form of a screen notification. Such alerts are pretty scary as they may sometimes contain additional warnings and threats, as well as preferred payment methods and payment deadlines.

What are the symptoms of an ongoing infection process?

Actually, the process of infection could be stopped if it is spotted while in progress. This happens very rarely, though. Sometimes you can guess your machine has been contaminated with something because it changes its typical behavior and performance. For instance, if your PC has become substantially slower or you can see an unknown process in your Windows Task Manager, these are sure signs that something, probably malicious, is consuming your resources. The best you can do in such a case is to turn off your computer immediately and restrain from starting it again before you have consulted a specialist or a guide like ours for advice and help. However, only few users are lucky enough to notice the ongoing infection before it has become too late.

What are the places online where your PC can catch Ransomware?

To our disappointment, we cannot point out at a specific distribution tool that FARGO ransomware and the other versions of Ransomware usually use. Such dangerous malware could be spread by contaminated websites, program bundles, spam emails, even text documents. It may come with shareware and torrents and from any not particularly trustworthy source on the Internet. That’s why all the aforementioned locations should be avoided if you want to make sure your system is prevented from getting infected with Ransomware.

What are the possible solutions to your Ransomware-based issues?

Certainly, paying the ransom immediately is not a good idea. This action will only take your money and give you absolutely no guarantees that your files will ever be encrypted and accessible to you again. We are NOT advising you not to pay the requested money. We hope that you will wait and try to deal with FARGO ransomware using other means not by obeying the hackers’ rules. Complying with their demands may only make these cyber criminals more confident and willing to disturb more and more people. Of course, there will be no guarantees that you are going to access your locked up data again, if you don’t pay the demanded ransom, either. In both of the cases, you risk your files. It is your call to make regarding the decision about your next actions related to this malicious program. If you in fact decide to try to uninstall the virus and decrypt your files yourself, you may be interested in our guide below, which contains removal instructions and is supposed to work in your case. However, there is still no guarantee given and some more profound work by experts may be needed.


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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).


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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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:



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.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.





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!



How to Decrypt files infected with FARGO Ransomware

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

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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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