This page aims to help you remove Alpha Ransomware. These Alpha Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
Read this article if you want to prevent Alpha Ransomware from locking your files
The ransomware threat is getting bigger and bigger with each passing day. More and more computers are getting infected by this type of malicious programs and anti-virus software companies are struggling to keep up with the increasing number of new and more advanced ransomware viruses such as Alpha Ransomware – one of the latest of its kind. It has even come to the point where ransomware have become a greater issue than Trojan Horses – arguably the most widely spread type of harmful software.
There are several reasons why Ransomware is so problematic and hard to deal with and in this article we will cover some of them. Just remember that it is essential you keep your PC protected from this kind of dangerous programs, because there may not always be an effective way to reverse what they can do to your files. We will also provide you with important tips and advice on how to fend off any potential Alpha Ransomware infections, as well as what you can do if it is already too late and the malicious ransomware has gotten on your computer.
Alpha Ransomware’s agenda
In order to effectively protect your machine from Alpha Ransomware, you will need to know how this harmful program actually works. You see, ransomware is different from any other type of viruses. While most malware tries to damage your system, spy on you or steal money from your online bank accounts, ransomware utilizes a different and unique approach. Once the malicious program gets inside your machine, it stays hidden for a certain amount of time, during which it copies all your files and deletes the original ones. The only difference between the new copies and the already deleted original files is that the copied ones have been encrypted by the virus. An encrypted file is inaccessible unless you have a specific code on your computer that would enable it to read the encryption and open the files. Since you do not have that code, once the encryption process has finished, you won’t be able to access any of your files. Once the process is over, the virus actually notifies you about its presence by displaying a message on your screen. The message informs you that your files have been locked by Alpha Ransomware and that in order to get the code needed for the encryption, you’ll have to pay a certain amount of money to the ransomware’s developer. Instructions on how to transfer the ransom will be provided in that message. Usually the money is requested to be paid in the form of bitcoins – an untraceable cyber currency, thus leaving the hacker anonymous. This means that it’s virtually impossible to track down the hackers and bring them to justice. Therefore, getting your money back, should you pay the ransom, is usually out of the question. This is one of the reasons why ransomware is becoming increasingly popular among hackers and cyber-thieves.
Possible options after the encryption
In all our articles concerning ransomware, we advise our readers against paying the ransom. There are several reasons why we consider this to be an extremely bad idea. Firstly, paying money to a criminal, especially one that has full anonymity, could always mean simply throwing away your money – there’s virtually nothing that can oblige the hacker to send you back the encryption code. Secondly, paying the ransom would surely encourage the criminal to keep blackmailing people and developing even newer and more advanced ransomware viruses.
That is why we suggest that you first try out our guide on how to remove Alpha Ransomware and regain access to your files. The guide also includes a link to a list of ransomware decryptors that gets updated frequently. These decryptor tools can help you bust the code of the encryption, so that you don’t need to pay the ransom. However, here we should let you know that so far ransomware developers have been one step ahead of the IT community. Therefore, sometimes even the best of guides on how to deal with that may not be able to solve all your problems. Regardless, it’s still better to go for this course of action instead of going for the ransom payment.
Here we will give you several tips on how to keep your computer protected from ransomware.
- Have a good anti-malware program – Alpha Ransomware often gets to people’s computers with the aid of another virus, a Trojan Horse;
- Avoid shady/suspicious sites – a general rule of thumb that will help you prevent malicious software from getting inside your machine;
- Be careful with new e-mails. Always double-check their details before opening them – if an unopened e-mail letter appears suspicious and is from an unknown sender you might as well delete it without opening it.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||During the encryption process any of the following symptoms may be present: PC slow-down, high CPU and/or RAM usage, less free storage space.|
|Distribution Method||The most commonly used methods are spam e-mails and another virus that serves as a gateway into your PC.|
|Detection Tool||Alpha Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove Alpha Ransomware
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
- Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.
Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with Alpha Ransomware
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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