Cryptomix is a ransomware application that will encrypt files on a victim machine and demand payment to retrieve the information.



Cryptomix may be distributed using various methods. This software may be packaged with free online software, or could be disguised as a harmless program and distributed by email. Alternatively, this software may be installed by websites using software vulnerabilities. Infections that occur in this manner are usually silent and happen without user knowledge or consent.


Cryptomix may run silently in the background during the encryption phase and not provide any indication of infection to the user. Cryptomix may prevent the execution of Antivirus programs and other Microsoft Windows security features and may prevent system restoration as a means to solicit payment. Cryptomix may display a warning after successful encryption of the victim machine.


The name Cryptomix is a combination of two separate ransomware families CryptXXX and CryptoWall and has been given this name due to similarities between the families. 

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