How to remove Ako virus and restore encrypted files

Guide how to delete Ako virus and decrypt files corrupted by ransomware. Effective antivirus and programs that can restore lost information.

Ako is a scarecrow of our society, and we all know that if a pop-up says: “files are encrypted” – the things are turning bad. It is a valid reaction, by the way. An encrypting virus is the worst thing that might happen to you in the Net because a regular person literally can't uninstall it. The single situation when you can overcome ransomware is if you aren't facing a true virus, but a screenlocker, that covers your display and attempts to trick you into making a payment. In any other event, if ransomware was created and secured in a right manner – you can just hope that ransomware fighters will defeat it. If scammers failed somehow, and there are some flaws, which let you to restore information – you'll find a cure in our item.



Virus sort does not actually matter, as the AES and RSA algorithms are very complex to bruteforce them. It it requires centuries to make all needed operations on a usual machine or, possibly, 2-3 decades in case of usage of a mega-efficient gear. The only way to neutralize a well-made encrypting malware is to hack into it, or hack the Command & Control website, to get a master key. Some ransomware examples also have a breaker that can cease virus' operation totally or to leave unscathed the infected device. If any parson finds that switch for Ako, or develop a decryptor, we'll update this item.


Let's find out, what we'd see if we take a glance inside a Ako? It is driven by a completely legitimate coding system which changes all data on operator’s PC, so customer can't use them in any manner. That key is also encoded with another manner. As usual, swindlers choose RSA and AES manners, which are known for their complicacy and fail-safety. The mentioned manners and the programs built upon them are freely available in the Web, so scammers only need to add security techniques, to block an access to a ransomware, and make the safe control and update scheme. Some viruses just function on their own, and scammers know of another victim only when he writes them and transmits his money. Other viruses are function in different manner, and transmit reports to thousands servers, to confuse the security specialists and maximize the work required to defeat a virus.


There are some methods to inspect, before giving up and looking for a decryption tool. As it is stated above, scammers make failures, and certain specialties of your operating system may assist you to recover files.


  • If you have a copy of the info, stored on an outer media – just remove Ako and use it. Ensure that Ako is gone in full, because if it’s not – all data will be spoiled one more time, including the files that were saved on a flash drive.
  • If you don't use the Windows from an admin entry – today’s your happy day. The thing is that your OS makes copies of any data until they’re destroyed or altered. Suchlike files are known as the SVC, and Ako has the ways to destroy them. If you are employing the regular account – the system asks for a permission at the exact moment Ako tries to remove SVC. In case you've seen suchlike request and declined it – it means that the copies are fine, and might be used to recover the data.


If you revised both these opportunities and there is no chance to recover encrypted data – you need to remove Ako from the device and wait until a decryptor will be developed.

How to remove Ako

Unfortunately, there’s no chance to fully escape an installation of software. This virus is very cunning and you could miss some elements and then regret it (it could happen if you connect an outer drive with the saved information to a not-fully-purged device). It also conceals pretty good, so you just can't remove it fully in manual mode. According to this, we have made an effective deletion directions which can suit all your needs. It contains some by-hand steps and one extra anti-viral software stage.

Removal instruction

If you are MAC user, follow this guide: how to decrypt files on MAC.




Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1


  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2



  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode


Step 2. Show all hidden files and folders

  • Press Start
  • Click on Control Panel

Show hidden files. Step 1


  • Select Appearance and Personalization

Show hidden files. Step 2


  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden files. Step 3


  • Press Ok


Step 3. Remove virus files


Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %ProgramData%


Step 4. Fix hosts file

  • Go to %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\ folder



  • Open hosts file using Notepad or other text editor
  • Delete suspicious elements
  • Basic hosts file looks like this:



Step 5. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

Step 6. Scan computer with antivirus

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Step 7. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot

How to restore files

If you uninstalled the ransomware, or at least you learned how to do it, let’s talk about the file recovery. As you know now, if you use an admin account and you let Ako an access to the PC – you have no trick to restore the files aside from the backups. If you use a usual profile – you might have some chances, but you will need especial recovery software. We advise you to try ShadowExplorer and Recuva programs. You can get these tools simply on the official pages of their developers, with thorough instructions.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel

Decrypt files. Step 1


  • Click System and Security

Decrypt files. Step 2


  • Select Backup and Restore

Decrypt files. Step 3


  • Select Restore files from backup
  • Select checkpoint to restore


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