Santa Encryptor Virus – How to Remove and Restore Files

Santa Encryptor Virus – How to Remove and Restore Files

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This article aims to help you by showing you how to remove the Santa Encryptor ransomware virus and how to attempt and restore files that have been encrypted by it on your computer without having to pay the ransom.

As the Winter holidays approach, new Christmas-themed ransomware viruses have begin appearing. One of them is a ransomware variant, which displays a lock screen message, called Santa Decryptor. The malware aims to encrypt the files on the computers compromised by it and then set a demand of $150 in BTC for the victim to pay in order to retrieve his encrypted files. The virus also aims to perform various different malicious activities on the computers infected by it and if you encounter it, it’s removal is strongly advisable, preferably by using the information in this article.

Threat Summary

NameSanta Encryptor
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts files and then demands $150 to get them decrypted once again.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and a lock screen, named “Santa Encryptor” is displayed which extorts victims to pay the sum of $150. It also gives a deadline to transfer the funds in the form of BitCoin.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Santa Encryptor.
Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

How Does Santa Encryptor Infect

The infection methods used by Santa Encryptor may be more than one and they consist of multiple different tools, for example:

  • Obfuscator which conceals the malicious file from protection software.
  • Intermediary infection file which causes the initial infection and drops the payload.
  • Various spamming bots and spam software.

All of these tools may be used in order to spread the malicious files of Santa Encryptor via more than one ways. The main one may be sending malicious spam e-mails to the victims in the form of legitimate e-mails. The e-mails often contain either a malicious e-mail attachment or a malicious file that is linked via a third-party site. The body often contains deceitful messages, that present the malicious attachment as:

  • Invoice.
  • Receipt.
  • Banking statement.
  • Order confirmation letter.

Santa Encryptor Ransomware – More Information

When infeciton takes place with Santa Encryptor ransomware, the virus aims to drop it’s payload on the victim’s computer. This results in the malicious files being dropped in the following Windows folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

In addition to this, the Santa Encryptor also drops it’s ransom note file which appears like the following:

Text from image:
Oop’s Your File’s Have Been Encrypted!
What Happened To Your PC?
Your Important File’s Have Been Encrypted
Many Of Your Documents, Photos, Databases And Other File’s Are No Longer Accessible.
Because They Have Been Encrypted Using AES-256
How Can I Decrypt My File’s?
Your Lucky Santa Is Here To Help You To Decrypt Your File’s
With the Power Of Christmas Spirit! Santa Needs You To Send $150 Worth Of Bitcoin To
The Given Bitcoin Address Below
How Do I Pay?
Their Are A Few Links For You To Buy The Bitcoin,
Send $150 Worth Of Bitcoin To The Given Address To Decrypt Your File’s

Send $150 Worth Of Bitcoin To This Address:

Among the malicious activities of Santa Encryptor ransomware may also be to delete the shadow volume copies of the infected computer, even though at the time of writing this, the malware is still in development stage. The command used to perform this may be activated via a batch script (.bat) as an administrator and use Windows Command Prompt to enter the following parameters, depending on what the virus aims to do:

→ vssadmin delete shadows /for= [/oldest | /all | /shadow=] [/quiet]

In addition to deleting the shadow volume copies, the Santa Encryptor ransomware may also disable the system recovery service via the following commands:

→ bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

Santa Encryptor – Encryption Process

The malware may begin to perform encryption procedure on the files via the XOR encryption algorithm which is a bit outdated and more simplistic as well as easier to crack, but still it renders the files no longer openable. The targeted files by Santa Encryptor are reported to be the following types:

  • Videos.
  • Archives.
  • Documents.
  • Audio files.
  • Virtual Drives.

The way the virus scans for and locates the files on your computer is that it is pre-configured to look for their file extensions, for example it may scan for and detect the following files:


In addition to this, the ransomware may also whitelist some of the files on the infected computer, which are crucial to the proper operation of your Windows OS.

Remove Santa Encryptor Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

In the event that your computer becomes infected with Santa Encryptor ransomware, we strongly suggest that you begin to isolate this malware prior to removing it. One suggestible method to do this is if you follow the removal instructions in the article below. They are divided in manual or automatic removal instructions. In case you lack the experience to remove Santa Encryptor manually, security experts recommend to perform the removal process automatically prefferably by downloading an advanced anti-malware software which will help make sure that the Santa Encryptor virus is removed from your PC completely and you remain protected against future intrusions of such type.

If you want to try and restore files that have been encrypted by this ransomware virus, you can attempt to use the alternative methods for malware removal in step “2.Restore files, encrypted by Santa Encryptor” below. They are specifically designed to help you to restore as many files as possible without having to pay the ransom to the cyber-criminals even though they are not with 100% guarantee success rate.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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