What is EnyBenyCristmas ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?
EnyBenyCristmas ransomware is a file-encrypting virus designed to lock important data in a computer and extort money from victims. It is a new version of EnybenyCrypt ransomware and is created using the open source platform, HiddenTear. The instant it infects a computer, it drops its payload file in the system which is the one that connects the computer to a remote Command and Control server. From this remote server, this crypto-malware downloads its malicious components and puts them in system folders.
EnyBenyCristmas ransomware might create and modify entries in the Registry which allows it to achieve persistence as well as launch or repress system processes. It then scans the computer in search for files which has the extensions listed below:
.3dm, .3g2, .3gp, .7zip, .aaf, .accdb, .aep, .aepx, .aet, .ai, .aif, .as, .as3, .asf, .asp, .asx, .avi, .bmp, .c, .class, .cpp, .cs, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .efx, .eps, .fla, .flv, .gif, .h, .idml, .iff, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .inx, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4u, .max, .mdb, .mid, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .msg, .pdb, .pdf, .php, .plb, .pmd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .prproj, .ps, .psd, .py, .ra, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .sdf, .sdf, .ses, .sldm, .sldx, .sql, .svg, .swf, .tif, .txt, .vcf, .vob, .wav, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .xqx, .xqx, .zip
After finding its targeted files, EnyBenyCristmas ransomware starts encrypting them using AES 256 encryption algorithm and appends the [email protected]_com extension to every affected file. Following data encryption, it opens a file named “Hack.TXT” which contains the following content:
Great! You a member 2019 New year #Enybeny community
Encryption algorytm – AES-128 with unique 32 symbols, virus
created for protect all your files
You can buy decryptor – price 0.00000001 BTC
For decrypt contact with:
Free decryption as guarantee (1 file, size not 1 mb)
And for free(or not) decryption please send file:
Please not delete this note!
P.S If you deletes all copies of key, create file
[email protected]_com.info contains:
——BEGIN ENYBENY KEY——-
——-END ENYBENY KEY——
Your personal id: 5RGR0X38VJHLELB”
How does EnyBenyCristmas ransomware spread online?
EnyBenyCristmas ransomware might spread using various distribution methods such as fake updates, repacked and infected installers, exploit kits, botnets, and most specially, malicious spam emails which is why you must always practice precaution when you download any file online as it might be the malicious payload of EnyBenyCristmas ransomware. It would also be better if you keep both your computer system and antivirus programs updated.
Delete EnyBenyCristmas ransomware from your computer using the removal instructions laid out below.
Step 1: Tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Task Manager.
Step 2: Go to the Processes tab and look for the malicious processes of EnyBenyCristmas ransomware and then right click on it and select End Process or End Task.
Step 3: Close the Task Manager and open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in “appwiz.cpl” and then click OK or press Enter.
Step 4: Look for dubious programs that might by related to EnyBenyCristmas ransomware and then Uninstall it/them.
Step 5: Close Control Panel and then tap Win + E to launch File Explorer.
Step 6: After opening File Explorer, navigate to the following directories below and look for EnyBenyCristmas ransomware’s malicious components such as Hack.TXT, [random].exe and other suspicious-looking files and then erase them all.
Step 7: Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use [product-name], this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then by all means go on to the next steps.
Step 8: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 9: Navigate to the listed paths below and look for the registry keys and sub-keys created by EnyBenyCristmas ransomware.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
Step 10: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by EnyBenyCristmas ransomware.
Step 11: Close the Registry Editor.
Step 12: Empty your Recycle Bin.
Try to recover your encrypted files using their Shadow Volume copies
Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if EnyBenyCristmas ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop-up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.
Once you’re done executing the steps given above, you need to continue the removal process of EnyBenyCristmas ransomware using a reliable program like [product-name]. How? Follow the advanced removal steps below.
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.