It does not really matter what malicious program enters your computer because all of them are dangerous enough. However, infections like Manifestus Ransomware are extremely undesirable because they belong to a category of malware programs that can virtually stop you from operating your computer because it encrypts your files. Needless to say, you have to remove Manifestus Ransomware from your computer. Otherwise, you will not be able to save new files as there is a chance they will be encrypted immediately as well. For the manual removal instructions, please scroll down to the bottom of this description. Also, do not forget that you may need a powerful security application to complete the removal process.
As far as the distribution of this infection is concerned, our researchers are not exactly sure how Manifestus Ransomware travels around. On the other hand, the most common way for ransomware apps to spread is spam email campaigns. Thus, it is very likely that this malicious infection also arrived at your computer disguised as a spam email attachment. Perhaps it looked like an invoice from some online store. Or maybe you thought it was your financial report from your bank. Either way, it is important to understand that reputable companies seldom send various documents in email attachments because they know it is a vulnerability that can be exploited by cyber criminals.
Either way, if you have been infected with Manifestus Ransomware already, you will see that this program goes straight to the point. When it enters your computer, the infection performs a full system scan, looking for the files it can encrypt. Although there is a program that is known to encrypt almost all of the files stored on a computer, most of the similar infections do not do that because they still need your system to be functional. So Manifestus Ransomware targets only the most frequently-used user files, the loss of which would not prevent you from paying the ransom fee.
Once the encryption is complete, the program displays a Windows pop-up with a ransom note. It says that “your personal files are encrypted by Manifestus,” and that there is a single copy of a private key that would help you decrypt the files, as long as you paid $160USD to the given Bitcoin address. The infection also gives you an exact timeframe to purchase bitcoins and to pay the ransom. If you fail to do it until the deadline, the program threatens to destroy the decryption key, thus preventing the file restoration.
However, it is very unlikely that Manifestus Ransomware would issue the decryption key even if you were to pay the ransom. The problem is not the deceptive nature of these programs and their creators. It is about the third-party servers and the connection offered by them. As you can probably tell, it is not stable, and the command and control center may lose connection with the infection on your computer even before you transfer the money.
Therefore, do yourself a favor and remove Manifestus Ransomware right now. After that, delete the infected files and restore them from a system backup. It might be an external hard drive or any other storage where you keep copies of your files. Finally, invest in a security application that would help you safeguard your computer against similar infections.