MindLost Ransomware Report
A new ransomware is discovered by security researchers that encrypts files on the attacked computer systems and redirects users to an online payment portal to pay the ransom via credit/debit card. However, the threat is not yet have an active distribution, but is in development phase so it could roll out to attack users.
The ransomware name itself as “MindLost”, but it is detected as Paggalangrypt by Microsoft. The MindLost ransomware however targets a few extensions like .c, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .png, .py and .txt. It also searches for the file extension within the storage devices and folders to encrypt files.
While the searching and encrypting process within the storage mediums takes a lot of time, so the MindLost ransomware is currently targeting “C:\\Users” folder and encrypting files within.
The encrypted files are appended with .enc extension. For example a doc file named as myfile.doc will be substituted as “myfile.doc.enc”.
After the encryption been done, the MindLost ransomware downloads an image from “http://image.ibb[.]co/kO6xZ6/insane_uriel_by_urielstock_4.jpg” URL and replaces it with the desktop’s wallpaper.
This image contains the ransom note and instructions on how to recover files.
Further, the MindLost ransomware also adds registry keys to aut0-launch its execution with every reboot of the attacked computer system.
The victims are instructed to visit “http://mindlost.azurewebsites[.]net” URL in order to buy the decryption key which will unlock the files.
The strange fact about the MindLost Ransomware is that it asks for direct payment via credit/debit card instead of Bitcoins. As for direct payment the authors should provide a valid information to the merchants. This raises the question of being just scamming users to collect their credit/debit card information by showing a fake window asking for user’s card details that can be later misused for illegal actions and money frauds.
And the another fact about this shady ransomware is that it gives out the victims an “insurance” option that prevent users from getting this infection in future.
However, the Security researchers find MindLost as a garbage as compared to other file-encrypting ransomware threats previously. Also, they analyzed that it is even possible to connect to the database of the ransomware and retrieve the victim’s data including their encryption and decryption keys. Since the ransomware is still in development phase and its distribution sources yet unrevealed. So users just need to be aware of the scam and should not agree to pay to the authors of MindLost ransomware threat as it can lead to other unknown transactions.
If you are among the one being a victim of “MindLost”, then we would strongly suggest you not to pay any ransom to illegitimate persons behind it. Because even after paying they are not going to give your files back. So it is urged that you must opt for removal solutions for MindLost and try to recover files by automatic data recovery tool or any backup copy if you have.
Methods to remove MindLost from the computer
If you have MindLost dropped inside, then your computer might also be infected with other spyware and potentially unwanted programs. You can try removing those manually, but manual method may not help you out fully to remove all the threats as they can regenerate itself if a single program code remain inside. Also, manual method requires very much proficiency in registry and program details, ant single mistake can put you in big trouble. Your computer may even crash down in the middle.
Thus, Security researchers and virus experts always recommend using powerful and effective anti-spyware scanner and protector tool to completely remove the spyware or other potentially unwanted software from the infected computer system or other device.
Automatic MindLost Removal solution
SpyHunter has got all the feature that can help to remove MindLost from the infected computer and also prevent the other threats to attack the device in future. Once SpyHunter starts to run in the background, it will keep up notified if any threat or PUP tries to enter. Another feature of SpyHunter is that, whenever you install any new program it will Dangerous scan the program and if it is not from any trusted source, it will notify you. Thus you can choose yourself either to go through the next installation step or stop right there.
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Step:1 (Recommended) MindLost virus may not allow you to download and Install any security program so “Dangerous Reboot your PC in the Safe mode” and then try downloading the Spyhunter.exe program from the download button below:
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Step:-1(Manual Search) Remove all associated files From Operating System
- Click Start
- In the menu choose Control Panel
- Choose Add / Remove Programs.
- Find MindLost related files.
- Click Remove button.
- Click Start and choose Control Panel.
- Choose Programs and Features and Uninstall a program.
- In the list of installed programs find files and programs associated to MindLost
- Click Uninstall button.
- Right click on the bottom left corner of the desktop screen
- From the left menu choose Control Panel
- Click Uninstall a program under Programs and Features.
- Locate the files and programs associated with MindLost or other suspicious program.
- Click Uninstall button.
Step2 (Manual Way):- 3 Remove all Registry Entries added by MindLost
MindLost creates a files under folder:
Next, MindLost creates the following registry entries:
Perform the following steps to delete the associated Registry entries by MindLost
- While in the desktop view, Press window’s icon and R.
- It will open the Run window and type “regedit”.
- It will open the Registry Editor window, Now you need to locate and delete all registry items associated to MindLost program.
- Go to File<Click Export
- Save the file in c:\ as regbackup. Click save.
- Go to Edit< find< Type MindLost
- Press F3 to search.
- Once an item is found, read to make sure it is a link to that program.
Press delete to remove it.
Continue pressing F3 and deleting items pertaining to the program, until all the links are gone.
Warning: you must only choose and delete the values and their associated registry entries for MindLost, others should not be tampered, edited or deleted. At any point you think not comfortable with the manual process, stop it immediately and use MindLost Registry fixer Tool for safe problem solution.
Step2 (Automatic Clean up of Registry):- 3 Remove all Registry Entries added by MindLost
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How to Recover Encrypted files
Step:-4 The most important one is to recover the encrypted files.
However you can do it manually, if you have any backup or from previous versions of windows called shadow copies. If don’t have any of them then try recovering your important files from Advanced Stellar Windows Recovery Tool.
Now Reboot the computer and run the scanner to detect any threat or suspicious program remaining inside. If you are not satisfied with the results and still see the issues, We recommend using the automatic MindLost Removal Tool for complete removal.
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- Follow two easy steps to install MacKeeper.
- Drag the MacKeeper icon from the Applications folder to your Dock.
Experts Guide To Prevent Future Attacks
The following steps will guide you to reduce the risk of infection further.
- Scan all files with an Internet Security solution before transferring them to your system.
- Only transfer files from a well known source.
- Always read carefully the End User License agreement at Install time and cancel if other “programs” are being installed as part of the desired program.
- When visiting a website, type the address directly into the browser rather than following a link.
- Do not provide personal information to any unsolicited requests for information.
- Don’t open attachments or click on Web links sent by someone you don’t know.
- Keep web browser up to date and computer is configured securely.
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