MindSystem is a data locker ransomware created for educational purposes which do not restrict its usage by malicious intenders. It has all ransomware functionalities that allow it to penetrate the system, modify various Windows settings and encrypt valuable data with the help of AES-256 cipher algorithm. All corrupted files receive the file extension .mind and remain unusable as long as they are encrypted. Then it drops a ransom note that appears automatically on the infected PC screen. At this point, it has warning function not extortion function, and data decryption is possible by opening a file created by the ransomware.
This article aims to help you with the removal of all MindSystem ransomware files installed on the PC. If by accident .mind files remain encrypted after using the decryption file, the instructions below provide alternative data recovery approaches that are considered to be efficient.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and shows a ransom note afterward.|
|Symptoms||This ransomware virus will encrypt your files and place the .mind extension on each one of them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Distribution of MinSystem Ransomware
If the MindSystem payload gets into hackers’ hands, they are likely to use standard ways for its distribution. Most often the ransomware arrives in a spam email that has an attachment. The attachment pretends to be an important document as an invoice or a message from courier so it can mislead the user to interact with the file. However, the file contains malicious code that can infect the PC with MindSystem ransomware once it is opened by the user. Most ransomware distribution campaigns rely on Microsoft Word documents that have embedded ransomware payloads.
Corrupted links may also be used for ransomware distribution. Once hackers inject the malicious code in a website, they can again present it in a spam email or send it as a personal message on some social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc. Even popular websites may be mirrored and used as a mean of ransomware distribution.
MindSystem Ransomware Attack in Detail
The ransomware is currently associated with a file called MindSystemNotRansomWare.exe that triggers the attack and controls all following system modifications. We remind that at this point MindSystem ransomware is supposed to be used only for educational purposes. However, its code can be leaked or released in dark net marketplaces. Thus cyber criminals will be able to purchase MindSystem malware code. Hopefully, such mistakes won’t occur because the ransomware is fully developed with all needed modules for a successful infection.
MindSystem can modify various system settings to ensure its persistent presence on the host. Generally, by adding new values in some registry keys like Run and RunOnce, the threat is able to start automatically at each Windows start. These keys are also used for the display of the ransom message at the end of the attack. Other registry modifications can disable some security features and prevent the user from shutting down the system of logging off his user account profile.
Data Encryption Process of MindSystem
The ransomware has an encryption module that utilizes AES-256 cipher algorithm that modifies all file types that are predefined in its code. Once it changes the original code of the files, they get the extension .mind and remain unusable. Being created for educational purposes, MindSystem ransomware is considered to create a file that contains the decryption key and locate it on a visible destination like the Desktop. However, if the threat is used by extortionists, its code will be changed, and only bad guys will possess the decryption key that will recover .mind files. Thus they have the chance to demand a ransom payment from infected users.
After encryption MindSystem drops a JPG on the PC and displays it automatically on the screen. The whole text on the image reads:
[Your files has been encrypted by MindSystem Ransomware] To Recover them, just use the decryptor with your unique key
For education only! MindSystem 2017
Remove MindSystem Ransomware and Restore Your Files
The most secure way to remove MindSystem ransomware of your system is running a valid anti-malware tool. Another option is trying to eliminate the ransomware manually. There are efficient steps provided below that will help you either way. In case that the created decryption key is not working one of the steps below is dedicated to alternative data recovery approaches that will help with the .mind files restore.