If your operating system is not guarded, you are at risk of letting in Mystic Ransomware. Guarded operating systems have the right defense mechanisms to uncover and remove malicious elements as soon as they appear. If the system is unguarded, these malicious elements can infiltrate without any warning. Unfortunately, the victims of this particular ransomware are unlikely to notice it until it shows a ransom note. Of course, when it shows that, it is too late to save personal files because they are already corrupted. It is not fully known how this malware spreads, but it is believed that its distributors are using the backdoor within spam emails. Spam emails are often used for the distribution of ransomware, and this is unlikely to be an exception as well. Needless to say, other backdoors could be used as well, and so it is difficult to say how exactly this threat has invaded your PC. One thing is clear: If it has invaded, your operating system is not protected reliably, and you need to take care of that ASAP. The first step is to delete Mystic Ransomware.
At the time of research, the malicious Mystic Ransomware could encrypt files only in one directory, %USERPROFILE%. Needless to say, all files stored in the subfolders within this directory got infected as well. Unfortunately, this malware does not append extensions to help victims locate the encrypted files easier. That means that you might have to go through every file to figure out if it is encrypted or not. If the file is corrupted, it will not be readable. Unfortunately, there is no tool you could download and use to make them readable again. The only thing that would help is a decryption key, and, of course, its location is secret. Of course, if you use backups to keep your files safe, you do not need to worry about anything besides the removal of Mystic Ransomware. Those whose files are not backed up might be tricked into paying a ransom, which is represented via a file called “ransom.txt”. This file should be created on the Desktop, but copies could be placed in different folders to make sure that you do not overlook it. This file is not harmful, and you can open it without facing new problems. That being said, when you delete the ransomware, you will need to delete this file as well.
The ransom note informs that you will be provided with decryption instructions only if you perform three steps: Purchase Bitcoins, send them to the specific website, and confirm the payment. The first thing you need to check is if the payment link works. During our research, it did not, in which case, following other steps is useless. You do not need to purchase Bitcoins (the requested sum, 1.01 BTC, is around 3800 USD) and ensure that they are transferred successfully. The ransom note also should list the files that were encrypted, along with their locations. So, even if unique extensions are not used to help you figure this out, the list might. All things considered, even if the payment was possible, you should not give in. Mystic Ransomware was developed by a cyber criminal, and if you think that they have good intentions, you are mistaken. The chances of you getting a decryptor are very very slim.
Where is the launcher of Mystic Ransomware? If you cannot answer this question, deleting this threat manually will be very hard for you. Of course, a legitimate malware scanner might help you find and erase the malicious file. We recommend employing this tool even if you successfully erase the ransomware yourself, because it will not let you overlook other potentially active infections that you might be unaware of at all. Have you also considered employing anti-malware software? As mentioned at the beginning, your operating system must be weak if a malicious ransomware has managed to slither in. If you want to fix that, you need to utilize anti-malware software, and we recommend doing that right now because it can also automatically remove Mystic Ransomware as well.