Enmity Ransomware

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Enmity is a Ransomware virus, developed by people with criminal intentions. Enmity operates as a ransom-demanding infection that encrypts user data and asks the victims to pay ransom in exchange for providing them with a decryption key.

Enmity ransomware text file (Enmity-Unlock-Guide.txt)

Safety experts warn that this new threat spreads rapidly through various spam attachments, fake advertisements, eye-catching offers, misleading links and compromised web pages. Instantly after you interact with the transmitter, the malicious software compromises the computer and starts to search your drives for digital files, such as video and audio recordings, images, documents, databases, and other personal data. The malware applies complicated file encryption to all of them once it finds them. It is also typical that the file extension may be changed with a new one that no software can recognize. After those changes take effect, Enmity generates a ransom message on the screen of the infected computer and informs the victim that they have to pay a ransom to decrypt their information.

The cyber criminals encourage the victims to pay immediately in order to obtain a special decryption key and usually give them a very short time to do so. Those who don’t agree to meet the hackers’ criteria typically are threatened to never access the encrypted information again.

The Enmity virus

The Enmity virus is a ransomware infection used for money extortion. The purpose of the Enmity virus is to secretly encode valuable user files and to demand a ransom for their liberation.

There will be hardly any noticeable signs when the Enmity or Elbie virus attacks the system. That’s why a reliable anti-malware tool is recommended to be used to effectively protect the computer and eventually remove the infection before it manages to encrypt your files. Such software also ensures the future safety of your device.

Manual removal of the Ransomware is also an option, but for inexperienced computer users, it may be difficult to follow all the special steps. Nonetheless, you may still want to review and try out some of the file recovery suggestions mentioned below and follow the instructions in the removal guide after this article. It is important to note, however, that some threats based on Ransomware may try to remove the Shadow Volume Copies of the encrypted information from the computer to prevent victims from recovering it. In this situation, your best bet to get back your information is to use copies of any backup on an external drive or cloud.

The Enmity file extension

The Enmity file extension is the sequence of symbols that is attached to the end of all the files that get encrypted by Enmity. Unlike ordinary extensions, however, the Enmity file extension cannot be recognized by any program.

Files encrypted by Enmity ransomware

In many cases, the fastest solution may seemingly be to pay the ransom and get the decryption key that the hackers promise to send back in exchange for the money. However, relying on cyber criminals is not a good idea because nothing can guarantee that they will actually give the key to you. Furthermore, no one can tell you if this key will successfully decrypt the applied encryption.

That is why most security experts suggest finding other ways of dealing with the Ransomware instead of paying a ransom to some unknown hackers. You should ideally concentrate on cleaning up your system from the infection. Our removal guide below can be a good guiding point as it can help you to remove Enmity and potentially save some of your files from system backups.


Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
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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).



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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. 


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. 

    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.



    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:



    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.


    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!



    How to Decrypt Enmity files

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

    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!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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