AlphaBetaCrypt ransomware removal instructions
What is AlphaBetaCrypt?
AlphaBetaCrypt ransomware is designed to encrypt victim's files, change their filenames and create a text file (ransom note). It renames all files by appending the ".CRYPT" extension (e.g., it renames "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.CRYPT", and so on), and creates the "README_README_README_README.txt" text file. This file contains instructions on how to contact AlphaBetaCrypt's developers and some other information.
As stated in the "README_README_README_README.txt" file, victims should contact cyber criminals via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and provide the appointed personal identifier. After that they will receive a Bitcoin wallet address that should be used to pay a ransom. AlphaBetaCrypt's developers promise to send a decryption tool after a payment. Also, it stated that attempts to uninstall AlphaBetaCrypt, rename encrypted files or decrypt them with some other software will damage encrypted data irreversibly. Unfortunately, most programs of this type (including AlphaBetaCrypt) encrypt files with strong encryption algorithm and it is impossible to decrypt them without a tool (or tools) that only cyber criminals who designed ransomware have. Another problem is that ransomware developers cannot be trusted, quite often victims who pay a ransom get scammed. In other words, cyber criminals do not send decryption software and/or key even after a payment. In most cases the only way to recover files for free/without having to use tools that only cyber criminals can provide is to restore them from a backup. Also, it is worth mentioning that files remain encrypted even after removal of ransomware. However, by removing ransomware from the operating system victims prevent further encryptions/data loss.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
More examples of ransomware-type software are Reha, Topi and Kristina (OnyxLocker). Typically, these programs encrypt files and display and/or create some ransom note. In most cases the only main differences are size of a ransom and cryptographic algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) that ransomware uses to encrypt data. Unfortunately, it is impossible to decrypt files without the right tools and cyber criminals behind a particular program are the only ones who can provide them. It is possible to decrypt files without their help (and monetary loss) only when ransomware is not finished (contains some bugs, flaws, and other vulnerabilities). However, it does not happen often and victims can restore their data for free only if they have a backup. That is why it is important to always have data backed up and keep it on a remote server and/or unplugged storage device.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.CRYPT|
|Ransom Demanding Message||README_README_README_README.txt|
|Cyber Criminal Contactfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|Detection Names||Avast (Other:Malware-gen [Trj]), BitDefender (Trojan.AgentWDCR.YEH), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Filecoder.NYY), Kaspersky (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Crypren.agcn), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals demand payment of a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.|
|Damage||All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password-stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.|
To eliminate AlphaBetaCrypt virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
We strongly recommend not to open attachments (and web links) that are included in irrelevant emails, especially if those emails are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Installed software should be updated only through implemented functions, tools that are designed by official developers. All files should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Other tools or sources that we mentioned in the paragraph above should not be trusted and may be used to proliferate malicious software. All installed software must be activated properly. It is not legal to activate software through various third party, unofficial tools. Also, these tools can be designed to install malicious software. One more important thing is to occasionally scan the operating system for threats with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware suite and always keep that software up to date. If your computer is already infected with AlphaBetaCrypt, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in AlphaBetaCrypt ransomware's text file ("README_README_README_README.txt"):
read this carefully!!!!!!
Your personal identifier
All your files are encrypted
Your documents, photos, databases and other important data were encrypted.
Data recovery requires a decryptor.
To receive the decryptor, you should send an email to the email address:
In the letter, indicate your personal identifier (see the beginning of this document).
Next, you pay the cost of the decryptor. In the reply letter you will receive the address
Bitcoin-purse, to which you need to transfer money.
When the money transfer is confirmed, you will receive a file decryption for your computer.
After starting the decryption program, all your files will be restored.
† * Do not attempt to uninstall the program or run antivirus software
† * Attempts to self-decrypt files will result in the loss of your data
† * Decoders of other users are incompatible with your data, as each user
unique encryption key
Screenshot of files encrypted by AlphaBetaCrypt (".CRYPT" extension):
AlphaBetaCrypt ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of AlphaBetaCrypt virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of AlphaBetaCrypt virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is AlphaBetaCrypt?
- STEP 1. AlphaBetaCrypt virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. AlphaBetaCrypt ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the AlphaBetaCrypt virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the AlphaBetaCrypt ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining AlphaBetaCrypt ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of AlphaBetaCrypt are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as AlphaBetaCrypt ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites, and Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove AlphaBetaCrypt ransomware: