Infected with Ahihi Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is Ahihi Ransomware
In this article, we describe in detail the cryptovirus Ahihi that has become most active in recent weeks. Apparently, this is aimed at English-speaking users, however, judging by the reviews, it has already spread throughout the world. The main principle of Ahihi is that it encrypts user files of various formats, including multimedia files, photos, videos, archives, office documents, and much more. Also, it makes these files unsuitable for further use. Like many other analogues, it uses special AES algorithms. The virus creates a special text file called README.txt, which contains detailed information about the methods of redemption. Below we provide an image of this note.
Your files have been encrypted. Unfortunately, you cannot get your files back. We are sorry ^.^
The note does not contain much information. It simply indicates that the virus has encrypted your files. If based on user feedback, fraudsters may require about several hundred dollars for decryption. Of course, we do not recommend you pay anything. There is no guarantee that intruders will really decrypt your files. You need to read our instructions, which we have provided below, to try to remove Ahihi right now and decrypt your files.
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How Ahihi Ransomware infected your PC
Ahihi comes by taking advantage of the weakness of the network settings. Ahihi may take the form of a false update for programs and applications installed on your system, or it may come as an attachment to a spam mailing list. If you want to prevent such threats from entering, you need to use antivirus software. Moreover, be attentive to what you download from the Internet. If you have already found that Ahihi has encrypted your files, then use our instructions to remove it.
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 Ahihi Ransomware 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 Ahihi 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.
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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 Ahihi Ransomware:
Related connections or other entries:
How to decrypt files infected by Ahihi Ransomware?
You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.
Decrypt files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although latest versions of Ahihi 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.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Protect your computer from ransomware
Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.
Written by Rami Douafi