What is Ai88?
Ai88 is a serious computer threat, which can be attributed to the ‘ransomware’ category. If you are not yet familiar with this type of virus, then you are lucky because ransomwares are used for blocking users’ computers, encrypting personal data that is kept on them, and demanding to pay the ransom in order to get damaged files back. However, Ai88 and other similar ransomwares, including Critoni, VirLock, BitCrypt and many others, are very misleading because even paying the ransom cannot guarantee that encrypted files will be restored.
Ai88 is a newly released virus; therefore, we haven’t got much information about it yet. Nevertheless, Internet users have already started reporting that it is actively spreading via suspicious PDF files, such as V76.pdf and V72.pdf. In addition, it is also distributed via spam and fake update alerts located on illegal websites. Several users have reported that after surfing on a German website (www(dot)irt(dot)de) they received Ai88 alert notifying that their files have been locked and urging to pay the ransom. Therefore, if you want to stay away from such and similar threats, don’t forget to install a reputable anti-spyware, keep it up-to-date and avoid visiting suspicious and illegal websites.
As soon as Ai88 virus gets inside a computer, it may install various files on user’s computer and stealthily corrupt such types of files as .jpg, .doc, .pdf, .xls, .cdr, .txt, etc., create a private decryption key and keep it in remote server. Right after data encrypting, Ai88 ransomware lock the screen and display an alert urging to pay the ransom, which can vary from 0.5 to 1.5 BitCoins. Usually, these alerts look professional and really intimidating. Nevertheless, paying the ransom is not the best solution for this virus because there is no guarantee that the decryption key will be active and that it will successfully unlock files. In contrast, by paying the money for the key, you may give away your money and disclose credit card details to cyber criminals. We highly recommend you to remove Ai88 virus from your computer using a legitimate and powerful anti-malware, such as Reimage (Windows OS) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Mac OS X). Besides, for restoring encrypted data, try using file restoring tools, such as R-Studio, Photorec or Kaspesky Ransomware Decryptor.
How can Ai88 hijack my computer?
Ai88 is a serious virus that may slither onto computers in a stealthy way. In most of the cases, such and similar ransomwares are spread with the help of Trojans that are embedded in spam attachments informing about taxes, missing payments, invoices, etc. or fake software updates (Java, Flash Player, etc.). However, it has been noted that Ai88 virus is commonly spread via illegal websites. To be more precise, it is associated with suspicious PDF files (e.g V76.pdf and V72.pdf), which may be used for embedding the virus onto users computers. Nevertheless, it has been noted that illegal websites are increasingly frequently involved in virus distribution because hackers have found new techniques to affect them as well. Therefore, you have surf the net with extreme carefulness in order to protect your computer and data placed on it. Avoid opening questionable email messages as they may activate Ai88 ransomware and do not trust pop-up alerts offering to update software for free.
How to remove Ai88 virus?
If Ai88 virus has already locked the data kept on your computer and you have just received an alert asking to pay the ransom, do not panic. In order to get rid of this threat, you should initiate a full system scan with one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. Each of these programs has this virus included in the database; therefore, they will detect and remove it quite easily.
Of course, you are worried about photos, documents, and other personal files that have been corrupted. Unfortunately, Ai88 removal will not fix them; nevertheless, you can try performing backups or use such file recovery tools as R-Studio or Photorec.
Finally, you should take some preventative actions in order to protect your computer from Ai88 and other similar threats in the future. First of all, don’t forget to make backups for your data as frequently as possible. We recommend using such devices as USB external hard drives, CDs, DVDs, Google Drive, Dropbox, Flickr and others. Besides, don’t forget to install a reputable anti-spyware and keep it up-to-date.