Agho Ransomware

What is Agho Ransomware?

Agho Ransomware doesn’t sound like the best Christmas present out there, and trust us when we say, it isn’t it. This program is a malicious infection that has been created to push you into spending your money on a decryption key that should help you get your files back. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that these criminals would issue the decryption key in the first place. Hence, you need to remove Agho Ransomware right now, and then look for ways to restore your files individually. For more information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below this entry.test

Where does Agho Ransomware come from?

Agho Ransomware belongs to the STOP Ransomware family. This group has many other infections, and they all are actually quite similar. For instance, we know that Geno Ransomware, Foqe Ransomware, and Efji Ransomware are almost the same as Agho Ransomware. They even share the same ransom note that is dropped in the main C:\ directory. The differences lie in the extensions that are added to encrypted files and the email addresses that are said to be the mean of communication between the victims and the cybercriminals.

Likewise, we can only assume that Agho Ransomware employs the same distribution methods, too. We don’t know the exact infection vector for this program because it is not that prolific, but what we know for sure is that the most common method of ransomware distribution is spam emails. Thus, if you often deal with emails from unknown parties, and if it’s part of what you do at work, you might as well get exposed to ransomware infection vectors.

Now, the spam emails that carry ransomware often sound urgent, and they try to push unsuspecting users into interacting with the attached files. Even if you are used to doing that, you should still refrain from opening files you receive from senders you don’t recognize. And even if it looks like you’ve got a message from your colleague, if the message is random, you should stop and ask yourself whether everything feels right.

In fact, you should scan the received files with a security tool of your choice before you open them. This will definitely help you sieve through unreliable and potentially dangerous files you receive. And if a malicious file is detected, you can delete it at once no questions asked.

What does Agho Ransomware do?

On the other hand, if you fail to recognize a ransomware attack, you will have to deal with encrypted files. When Agho Ransomware enters the system, it locates all the files it can affected, and then the encryption is launched. It doesn’t take long until all the personal files in the %USERPROFILE% directory get encrypted. Of course, you will also see that the files affected by this program get the .agho extension (that’s how this program gets its name, to be honest). And while this extension doesn’t serve any practical purpose aside from identifying the infection, it still should look imposing when your system can no longer read your files.

What’s more, Agho Ransomware drops a ransom note that (as we’ve mentioned) follows the same pattern as all the other messages from similar infection. Here’s an extract from the said note:

The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.

So, Agho Ransomware tries to make you think that you cannot get your files back unless you pay the ransom. However, there is a public decryption tool available for the STOP Ransomware, and if Agho Ransomware used an offline encryption key, the public decryption tool will work for you. If not, don’t hesitate to address a professional who would tell you about other file recovery options.

How do I remove Agho Ransomware?

As for the ransomware removal, you can easily do that manually if you follow the instructions below. However, not everyone is willing to deal with it on their own, so you can relegate the task to a licensed antispyware tool that will terminate Agho Ransomware for you automatically.

Manual Agho Ransomware Removal

  1. Delete the latest files from Desktop.
  2. Remove the latest files from the Downloads folder.
  3. Press Win+R and type %TEMP%. Click OK.
  4. Remove recent files from the directory.
  5. Press Win+R and enter %LOCALAPPADATA%. Click OK.
  6. Delete the folder with a long random name.
  7. Run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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