What is Ako ransomware?
Ako is a new cryptovirus, that is able to make all the personal files on your PC unreadable. We should also notice, that Ako ransomware can delete recent backups, shadow volume copies, and disable the System Recovery tool that definitely complicates decryption capability. The only difficult thing for any ransomware threat is to crawl into the system, especially with a proper anti-virus. It was observed that it mostly spreads via spam emails containing password-protected agreement.zip attachment. Inside of .zip archive is agreement.scr file opening which you infect your computer.
The sample of infected email:
Subject: Agreement 2020 #1775505
Here is an agreement for you, as you requested. Check and write if something is wrong.
archive password: 2020
If Ako somehow managed to sneak into the victim’s system, it will immediately run the encryption procedure to lock victim’s sensitive and vulnerable files (documents of any type, images, videos). All infected files will be marked with random extension (.m9V742, .2mzWmb, .Ci3Qn3, .TSmeph, etc.). For example, photo.png file turns into photo.png.Ci3Qn3 file.
Once enciphering procedures are finished and the data on your computer is encrypted, the ransomware will drop 2 files – ako-readme.txt and id.key. You can find demands and instruction on how to pay the ransom for decryption key in the text file.
The content of the ako-readme.txt:
Your network have been locked.
All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important data are encrypted and have the extension: ******
Backups and shadow copies also encrypted or removed. Any third-party software may damage encrypted data but not recover.
From this moment, it will be impossible to use files until they are decrypted.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase an unique private key.
Only we can give you this key and only we can recovery your files.
To get info (decrypt your files) contact us at (email)
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
And send me your ID
!!Any third – party software may damage encrypted data but not recover.
!!DO NOT MODIFY ENCRYPTED FILES
!!DO NOT CHANGE YOUR KEY
— YOUR ID —
— YOUR ID —
Screenshot of the id.key:
We strongly recommend not to comply with their requirements because there are no guarantees that you will obtain your files when the transaction happens. On the contrary, there is a high risk of being deceived and simply left with nothing. Of course, they claim the opposite, that it is supposedly not in their interests to trick you. Think for yourself, why should they send you the key, if they have already received a ransom from you? The only reliable way to solve the problem is to remove Ako ransomware from the system using appropriate software in order to stop the malicious actions of the virus and then restore your data from the backup.
Screenshot of Ako Ransomware website:
At the last stage of the infection stage, this ransomware may delete all shadow volumes on your computer. After that, you will not be able to carry out the standard procedure for recovering your encrypted data using these shadow volumes. There are two solutions to remove Ako Ransomware and decrypt your files. The first is to use an automated removal tool. This method is suitable even for inexperienced users since the removal tool can delete all instances of the virus in just a few clicks. The second is to use the Manual Removal Guide. This is a more complex way that requires special computer skills.
How Ako ransomware gets on my computer?
– Spam attachments and hyperlinks
– Software vulnerabilities and exploits
– Malicious sites
– Backdoors (defects of the algorithm that are intentionally built into it by the developer and allow you to gain unauthorized access to data or remote control of the operating system and the computer as a whole)
How to remove Ako ransomware?
First of all, don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will prevent system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the Ako ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
You may find more detailed information about antivirus products in our article – Top 5 Antivirus Software for Windows
Restore your files using shadow copies
- Download and run Stellar Data Recovery.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from and press Scan.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Ako Ransomware:
Related connections or other entries:
How to decrypt files infected by Ako Ransomware?
You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.
Decrypt files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although the latest versions of Ako Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged. This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Akot-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
How to prevent your system from Ransomware?
Make sure your Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection is closed when you don’t use it. Also, we recommend using a strong password for this service. The most efficient way to avoid data lose is of course to make a backup of all important data from your computer.