Mindlost Ransomware Removal (+.Enc File Recovery)


This page aims to help you remove Mindlost Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Enc file can be recovered.

The viruses related to the Ransomware family are the most harmful and horrifying ones as they cause file encryption. Following this process, they are normally set to request a ransom in exchange for recovering the encrypted data. To top it all off, such viruses are awfully difficult to deal with, and the outcome of such an infection cannot really be reversed. The particular malicious representative we are discussing in the paragraphs on this page belongs to this category exactly. It is Mindlost file-encrypting Ransomware and we will be describing its characteristics in detail in the article below.

Ransomware-related details:

The viruses classified as Ransomware first appeared in Russia at a point during the last two decades of the XX-th century. Today we distinguish two main types of Ransomware viruses.

  1. File-encrypting – the subgroup Mindlost falls into. Such programs are known to infect devices and scan all their storage for the most frequently accessed data. All that data gets encrypted after that with a special key that is made from two components – a private and a public one. The Public part is available to the victim user once the virus has accomplished its awful encrypting goals. The second component, the Private key, is offered to the affected user by a notification appearing at the very end of the encrypting process. Of course, inside such a notification the hackers share their ransom demands. All the preferred payment details are also included there.
  2. Screen-blocking – the viruses of this group are known to sneak into the victim devices in the same manner as the ones from the other subcategory. The difference is that the screen-blocking type programs may simply block the user’s screen with a huge ransom-requiring alert. In this case, no files get encoded; just the device’s screen is blocked. Nonetheless, a ransom is again requested from the victim users. All the information regarding payments is again available inside the ransom alert.
.Enc File

Mindlost Ransomware

How does such a virus get distributed on the Internet?

Mindlost and the majority of the other Ransomware viruses may have many diverse means of getting around. They may be hiding inside letters in your electronic mail, and email attachments. In such a case they are normally together with a Trojan horse virus, which makes sure their arrival to the affected system is successful, as such a virus uses a vulnerability to let the Ransomware in. One more very widely spread source of this kind of malware is malvertising. Some web platforms may contain malicious ads and right after you click on such an ad, you might get infected by malware automatically. Other potential means of distribution may be drive-by downloads from contagious websites; and some contaminated torrents and shareware also.

Mindlost Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Mindlost files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

Can Mindlost be removed in a safe way? Are the encrypted files likely to be saved?

When we talk about infections rendered by Ransomware-like viruses, it is very important that you keep in mind and comprehend that no action can really guarantee you the complete restoration of the locked-up data. Even if you succeed in getting rid of this threat, your encrypted files may still be lost forever. Even in case you really decide to pay the criminals, they may decide to disappear with your finances and keep your files inaccessible for good. Since the real chance for success in this case is really improbable, we suggest that you take a risk and wait before completing the ransom payment. You will definitely lose nothing if you try to save your files in a different way from simply complying with the requirements of some cyber criminals. What you can really do in case you decide to try to get the problem solved on your own is to contact an expert with some experience coping with such problems. A professional may have valuable knowledge and even some alternative means of fighting viruses such as Mindlost. Once again, don’t expect to recover your data easily even if you hire an expert for the job. Another possibility is to try to use a Removal guide. That is mainly why we have designed one for you. Go down and take a careful look at our Removal Guide. Perhaps it will help you recover your data and decontaminate your system.

SUMMARY:

Name Mindlost
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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