Christmas.exe Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove Christmas.exe ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Christmas.exe file can be recovered.

In the event of a ransomware infection, you may feel panicked, terrified even or frustrated out of your mind. Ransomware viruses are considered to be among the most harmful, and part of the reason is because they end up robbing their victims of vital information that they may have no other way of gaining access to – possibly forever. And with millions of new variants being released each year, matters are certainly not looking up. Thus, Christmas.exe has become one of the latest ransomware viruses to be encrypting the files of thousands of users across the globe. It has probably also reached you as well, since you are on this page, and you are probably searching for a way around the ransom payment to get rid of Christmas.exe and recover your data. We do have a detailed removal guide that will certainly help you take care of the first part. It also contains instructions on how to recover your files from system backups, however, due to the very specific nature of this malware category, we cannot guarantee that this will necessarily be successful. But before you make up your mind about anything just yet, we do recommend you read the following few paragraphs for some perspective as to what you’re currently dealing with.

Ransomware, infection level: plague

Ransomware viruses are certainly no joking matter and there are a number of reasons they have risen to the level of popularity that they enjoy today. One of them is of course the fact that they’re incredibly lucrative. Once cybercriminals found the perfect tool to execute their online blackmail scheme, who is to stop them from taking advantage of it and milking it to the max? The authorities, you might say. Well, here’s where things get complicated and just start adding up to a chain of pleasant ransomware-friendly factors. You may have noticed that the hackers behind Christmas.exe want you to pay them in Bitcoin (or some other cryptocurrency). And that has become their golden lottery ticket, because cryptocurrencies are impossible to trace. There’s no way for law enforcement to nail the criminals by tracking the money flow. So this guarantees their full anonymity and, as painful as it sounds, near full immunity to the law.

SUMMARY:

Name Christmas.exe
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Christmas.exe Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Christmas.exe files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

Another factor that has proven very beneficial for the growth of this malicious category is the fact that most antivirus programs don’t detect it either. So, once infected, there’s little to no chance that you will know about it until the virus manifests itself after it has already done its job. This is because of the fact that it uses encryption to lock you out of your files, and encryption in itself is not a malicious or harmful process. Encryption is also the final and weightiest reason that viruses like Christmas.exe appear to be unbeatable. It’s just a very complex and sophisticated process that makes decrypting the affected data extremely difficult. That is why oftentimes ransomware victims are often left with no possibility to recover their files and in this the damage caused by these viruses proves irreversible.

We can offer you a few alternatives to paying the ransom however, and you should consider them anyway, as cooperating with the cybercriminals won’t necessary yield any positive results. The number of users that get burned every year by sending their money and receiving nothing in return is tremendous. So, first of all, it’s important that you remove Christmas.exe, which will prevent it from causing any further harm to your system. After that you can follow the instructions in our removal guide below to try and recover the encrypted files from system backups.

Should this be unsuccessful, we have also listed a number of some of the latest, most reputable decryptor tools on our website. Check it out and perhaps you will be able to find the one able to breach the decryption in your case. If not, you can always keep an eye on it, as we update it on a regular basis with new additions. Furthermore, you can always try contacting another professional of your choice, who specializes in dealing with ransomware viruses. What we recommend that you do regardless of the outcome of this situation is that you seriously consider making backups of your most important files from now on and storing them on a separate drive. This will protect them from any potential ransomware infections in the future.

SUMMARY:

Name Christmas.exe
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!