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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans

EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware

When we’re thinking about Christmas presents, we clearly do not imagine dealing with Troy horses that bring the likes of EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware on our doorstep. Unfortunately, this ransomware infection seems to be the newest addition to the malware Christmas season, and it means business.

Your task right now is to remove EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware from your system as soon as possible. It might not be possible to recover most of your encrypted files, but it does not mean that it should push you into doing something these criminals wants you to do. Keep your money to yourself and terminate this infection.

When we deal with ransomware programs, we have to understand that removing the infection is not the main objective. Even if we remove the malicious program, we still have to recover our files somehow. And that is often not possible. So what is the main point of fighting a ransomware infection? The main point is prevention. In other words, you have to know how this infection spreads, and EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware usually travels in spam email attachments.

This is not anything surprising. It is very common that ransomware programs make use of spam email attachments to reach their victims. You can imagine that the infection rate isn’t that high because nowadays users are a lot more careful about the mails they open and the links they click. Nevertheless, this relatively small infection rate is enough for ransomware programs to thrive.

We can venture into a long lecture about spam email and how it is possible to differentiate between the actual mail and the malicious phishing messages. However, the point here is clear: EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware and other similar infections usually come in spam attachments. So when you download an attached file, you should make it a habit to scan it before opening it. This way, you would definitely avoid this infection.

As far as the origins of this infection are concerned, we know several predecessors, but it is rather doubtful whether that knowledge can help us fight EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware. Our research suggests that this program is new version of EnyBeny Ransomware. Likewise, this program was another variant of Cryp888 Ransomware. So it seems that the developers modify their previous releases a little bit and then let a new version into the wild. It would be great if the same decryption key would work on all these programs, but, unfortunately, that is not the case.

So what really happens when you get infected with EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware? Well, for one, you will probably notice that something is wrong immediately. Upon the infection, ransomware programs scan the entire system looking for the files they can encrypt. Users usually do not see this scan because there is no scan bar or anything like that. However, once the scan is complete, EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware starts encrypting personal files immediately. Just like its predecessors, this program uses the AES-128 encryption algorithm, and it means that it is virtually impossible to crack it unless you have a decryption key.

This program encrypts an entire variety of files, but it doesn’t touch the files in the Program Files and Windows directories. It means that the program still needs your system to function properly. It is a very common practice among ransomware infections. They require a functioning system in order to receive the ransom fee. These criminals say that you need to contact them via the emails given in the ransom note, and then they will tell you how to transfer the ransom fee (0.00000001 BTC, which is quite ridiculous for a ransom fee).

However, one thing you have to understand is that paying the ransom is never an option. Why? Because no one can ever guarantee that the criminals would send you the decryption key in the first place. Unless the infection is prominent, the chances are that whoever is behind EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware, they cannot maintain their server connection, and so, they cannot ensure a safe decryption key transfer.

Rather than focusing on giving your money away to these people, you need to remove EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware for good. After that, check if you have copies of your files saved on another device or on an external storage. Normally, users have copies of their most important files saved across different devices and platforms, and this is how you should be able to retrieve a big part of them. Just do not lose hope!

How to Remove EnyBeny CRISTMAS Ransomware

  1. Open your Downloads folder.
  2. Remove the most recently downloaded files.
  3. Go to your Desktop.
  4. Delete the most recently downloaded files.
  5. Scan your computer with SpyHunter.
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