Alpha Crypt Virus – Removal Instructions
Alpha Crypt is a variant of virus called ransomware. Currently, Alpha Crypt is capable of affecting a wide variety of Windows operating system versions including XP, Vista, 7, and 8. Ransomware programs, such as Alpha Crypt, are becoming more common because virus authors are beginning to sell them in “kits.” For a large sum, such as $3,000 USD, a cyber criminal can purchase a ransomware virus creation kit and quickly set it in motion. Like many other variants of ransomware, Alpha Crypt begins infecting a computer by scanning it for files and encrypting them so that they can’t be accessed without a decryption key.
Files that have been encrypted by a newer version of the Alpha Crypt virus have a random file extension assigned to them. In the past, encrypted files were given ZZ 78 or ZZ78 file extensions. Once a machine’s file system has been completely encrypted, a text file is then displayed on the screen for the user. In essence, the text file demands payment for decryption of the files. The text file urges the user to submit a payment of .2 Bitcoins. Currently, this is roughly the equivalent of $120 USD.