What is MindLost Ransomware?
MindLost Ransomware is a newly discovered threat or ransomware that encrypts user’s files and sensitive data for a ransom. This cryptovirus asks for a ransom in order to restore the files that were rendered inaccessible by it.
- Name – MindLost Ransomware
- Targeted Operating System – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/10
- Category – Ransomware, Cryptovirus
- Symptoms –Encrypts sensitive data and user’s files for a ransom and appends .enc extension to the files that have been encrypted by it.
Why should you worry about MindLost Ransomware?
MindLost Ransomware is basically a file-encrypting virus that after encrypting the files of the users, redirects them to the web page in order to ask for the payment of ransom ($200) through debit or credit card. This ransomware is different as it does not demands the ransom in bitcoin and aims to collect the credit card information of the user by keeping credit or debit card as the mode of payment. The ransomware still seems to be under development and is majorly distributed through spam emails. This ransomware is responsible for causing wide range of malware activities on the user’s PC. Using strong encryption algorithms, MindLost Ransomware will render your files inaccessible unless you have the decryption key to unlock the same. Attacks like MindLost Ransomware attack can be combatted if the user maintains regular periodical backup of the data. It is advisable not to pay the ransom for putting trust in such cyber criminals is not worth it. Since there are no ransomware removal tools available, it is recommended that you should invest your money in buying a good internet security suite.
How did MindLost Ransomware infect your system?
The cybercriminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –
- Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
- Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
- Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
- Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.
How to remove MindLost Ransomware?
You will find many MindLost Removal Instructions or MindLost Ransomware Removal Guides on the internet but investing time on the same is not of much use. Since there is no guarantee that the cybercriminals will release your files after receiving the money, it is recommended not to pay the ransom demanded. You can just restore your encrypted data through Windows previous version as given below in the form of few simple steps:
Restore the encrypted data via Windows previous version
If the system restore was enabled for both, system and user files, then you can recover your personal data through Windows Previous Version, provided the ransomware has not damaged the backup files. To restore your data follow the instructions given below –
- Open My Computer and search for the folder you want to restore.
- As soon as you find it, right click on it and choose the restore previous version option from the new window.
- This option will display all the previous copies of the folder.
- Now select restore data and through the options i.e. Open – Copy – Restore.
Tips to prevent your computer system from getting infected
- Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
- Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
- Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
- Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
- Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Sophos and 360 Total Security so that it remains safe.
- Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker of your adware removal tool in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.