M4N1F3STO Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The M4N1F3STO Ransomware is a scareware-type malware threat of unknown origin that has been featured in several attack campaigns. To remove existing infections and restore your files read our removal guide.


Name
M4N1F3STO

File Extensions
.DALE

Ransom
Varies

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove M4N1F3STO with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
M4N1F3STO ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

M4N1F3STO Ransomware Description

The M4N1F3STO Ransomware is a counterfeit malware threat that upon infection scares the users by posing as a serious threat. In fact it doesn’t affect the files.

The victims are shown a screen that reads the ransomware message posted in the craft note which reads the following:

You are the victim of the M4N1F3STO Virus

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 them.

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 hours you will only lose a dew files,
the second day a few hundred, the third day a few thousandm, 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 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 address to unlock your Pc with your email address
You can purchase bitcoins from localbitcoins

Bitcoin Adress:

1GmGBH9ra2dqA8CgRg8a8Rngx4qHb2hLDW

If the victim pays the ransomware fee of 0.3 Bitcoins, the virus developers will send them the unlock code which is “suckmydicknigga” JUST DELETE IT TO REMOVE IT
HAHA YOU HAVE BEEN FOOLED

This is the proof that the virus is actually a scareware distribution and nothing more.

M4N1F3STO Ransomware Distribution

The M4N1F3STO Ransomware is primarily distributed spam email campaigns, counterfeit software updates and exploit kits.

M4N1F3STO Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete M4N1F3STO completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely M4N1F3STO Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of M4N1F3STO requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete M4N1F3STO ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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