If MindLost Ransomware slithers in, it can encrypt files and attach the “.enc” extension to their names to help you notice the corrupted content faster. According to the research of our malware analysts, the threat is set to corrupt files with .c, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .png, .py, and .txt extensions. These represent image, audio, document, source code, script, and text files. Although some researchers claim that the threat only targets files in the “Users” directory, our research team informs that the threat can encrypt files all over the operating system. Note that the threat was created to affect the Windows operating system. There is not much information about the distribution of this malware, but it is believed that it could be distributed with the help of corrupted spam emails. If that were the case, the victim might be responsible for letting the infection in. All in all, regardless of the distribution, it is crucial that you delete MindLost Ransomware if it finds its way in. If you are not sure how to remove this threat, keep reading.
The sample of MindLost Ransomware tested in our internal lab did not function well, which leads us to believe that this malicious infection is still being developed. The current version of this malware is unlikely to be distributed at this point; however, malware developers can strike at any moment. Since we cannot say how exactly this infection can invade your system, we cannot say where you will find the launcher file. Obviously, that is very important to determine if you choose to remove MindLost Ransomware manually. We suggest employing a reliable malware scanner to find the threat. Another important reason to install this tool is that other infections might be active on your operating system. It is obvious that your operating system is not protected at the moment because you need to delete a malicious ransomware, which would not have entered your system at all if it was protected reliably. If the system is not protected, it is wide open to all kinds of malware. Hopefully, that is not the case, and you do not need to worry about other threats, but you have to make sure before you move on.
Although we cannot say where the launcher of MindLost Ransomware is on your operating system, we can say that you are likely to find the components of this threat on the Desktop and the %TEMP% directory. Although we did not witness it when testing the ransomware, according to the ransom note, files called “ID.txt” and “Decryptor.exe” should be created in a folder on the Desktop. The ransom note itself should be represented using a file named “wallpaper.bmp,” and it should be stored in the %TEMP% directory. The ransom note informs that you will recover files only if you pay a ransom of 200 USD. The note suggests that you can make the payment via mindlost.azurewebsites.net, but this website no longer works. When it did, it instructed the victims to pay the ransom using a credit card. You do not want cyber criminals to learn any credit card details because they could use this information in a malicious manner. All in all, regardless of the method of payment, you must not pay the ransom because that is unlikely to help you with the decryption of your personal files. You should also pay no attention to the $50 fee that you allegedly can pay to ensure that ransomware does not attack your files again. The only thing you should be investing in right now is your virtual security. Luckily, you can do that and remove MindLost Ransomware at the same time.
Can you follow the instructions below? If you can perform every step, you should be able to have MindLost Ransomware deleted in no time. What if you cannot identify malicious files? If that is the case, it is not a good idea to just remove any random file that appears to be malicious. Instead, employ a trusted anti-malware tool to find and eliminate the malicious components automatically. Once malware is eliminated, do not delete the tool because it will help you keep the operating system protected thereafter. If you clean the system manually, do not forget that you still need to figure out how to protect it.