M4N1F3STO is a ransomware of the screenlocker variety. It will not encrypt your files, but lock your computer screen, deeming it inaccessible. As it is a ransomware, it demands for a ransom to be paid, and a ransom message is written on the lock screen. To see how to remove this ransomware and how you can unlock your screen, read the article in full.
|Short Description||The ransomware lock your screen and display a ransom message with instructions for paying.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will lock your desktop screen and demand 0.3 Bitcoins to unlock it.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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M4N1F3STO Ransomware – Spread
M4N1F3STO ransomware might be spreading in various ways. Commonly, there is a payload file which executes the malicious actions. In that way, your computer becomes infected. You can see the analysis of VirusTotal of the executable file, which contains the payload, from the image below:
M4N1F3STO ransomware might be distributing that payload file on social media websites and file-sharing networks. A number of legitimate applications could contain the malicious payload script. Lots of freeware and bundled applications could be presented as useful on the Internet, but hide in themselves the malicious script in question. Do not open files from dubious sources like emails and links, especially not right after you download them. First, you should do a scan with a security tool and check their size and signatures for anything suspicious. You should read the tips for ransomware prevention from the forum topic.
M4N1F3STO Ransomware – Technical Analysis
The M4N1F3STO virus is not a cryptovirus, and will not encrypt your files. In spite of that it is still ransomware and features a lockscreen. While your screen is locked, you will not be able to access your computer device.
M4N1F3STO ransomware can create entries in the Windows Registry to achieve perseverance. These registry entries are designed to make the virus launch automatically with each start of the Windows Operating System. In that way, the lockscreen remains and you won’t be able to get past it.
On that lockscreen, there is also a message conveyed. The message includes the instructions and demands of the cybercriminals for unlocking your PC, which also concludes the ransom. You can view the ransom message and that lockscreen just here below:
The ransom note reads the following:
I want to play a game with you. Let me explain the rules:
Your personal files are being deleted. Your photos, videos, documents, etc…
But, don’t worry! It will only happen if you don’t comply.
However I’ve already encrypted your personal files, so you cannot access therm.
Every hour I select some of them to delete permanently,
therefore I won’t be able to access them, either.
Are you familiar with the concept of exponential growth? Let me help you out.
It starts out slowly then increases rapidly.
During the first 24 hour you will only lose a few files,
the second day a few hundred, the third day a few thousand, and so on,
If you turn off your computer or try to close me, when i start the next time
you will het 1000 files deleted as punishment.
Yes you will want me to start next time, since I am the only one that
is capable to decrypt your personal data for you.
Now, let’s start and enjoy our little game together!”
Send 0,3 bitcoins to this adress to unlock your Pc with your email adress.
Your can purchase bitcoins from localbitcoins
A malware researcher has found the unlock code with which to unlock the screen, so you do not have to pay the ransom sum of 0.3 Bitcoins (which amounts to nearly 235 US dollars).
You can view the unlock code in the following picture:
After successfully typing the password, another short message will appear. It looks like this:
Also, it is a lie that you will lose some of your files if time passes, so you should be able to unlock your computer, no matter when you learn about the unlock code. You should NOT under any circumstances pay the cybercriminals. This will only support them financially.
Remove M4N1F3STO Ransomware
If your computer got infected with the M4N1F3STO ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below.
Manually delete M4N1F3STO from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the M4N1F3STO threat: Manual removal of M4N1F3STO requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.