Cerb3r Ransomware Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Cerb3r  Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Cerb3r files can be recovered.

There are thousands of tricky threats that are lurking online and keeping them away from your system can sometimes be a very hard task. Virus infections nowadays happen almost unnoticed and we can’t really predict when they may sneak in and corrupt our computers. An example of such a sophisticated and very harmful threat is Cerb3r – a Ransomware cryptovirus that silently encrypts all your files and ask you to pay ransom to decrypt them. These types of threats have become very popular among criminal circles, because they are an effective and easy way to blackmail people for their own data.

If you’ve become a victim of such a nasty infection like Cerb3r , you have two options: either to submit to the crooks behind the malware and pay the ransom with the hope that you will eventually get your files back, or try to deal with this virus on your own without paying. For those of you, who have decided not to pay the ransom, we have prepared a removal guide that will help you remove Cerb3r from your system. Below, our team of professionals has suggested some easy-to-follow steps that may help you delete the threat manually as well as a trusted professional Cerb3r removal tool that will double check your system. We suggest you use them both to effectively save yourself from this nasty Ransomware. Once the system is cleaned, you can try to restore some of your files from backups, copies, external drives or a cloud. What we need to warn you about, though, is that it might not be possible to restore the encrypted files themselves. However, there are a few things you could try once you clean the infection. On this page our team will give you a few suggestions on where to seek for system copies and backups, from which you can eventually restore some of your locked data. So, let’s begin.

How does the Cerb3r encryption process happen?

As typical Ransomware, Cerb3r may infect you in various ways and you won’t be even able to notice it. A single click on the wrong email attachment, fake ad, suspicious website, compromised application or link may quickly get you a Trojan horse, which in turn is the backdoor for Ransomware. It creates a vulnerability in your system through which Cerb3r can sneak unnoticed and immediately start to infiltrate the files on your hard drives without any visible symptoms. A file encryption follows, during which all your most commonly used file types like pictures, documents, music, movies, projects and even some system files get encrypted with a strong algorithm of symbols. Once encrypted, the files won’t be accessible in any way unless the proper decryption key unlocks them. And here the crooks come with the “helpful” decryption key, which they promise to send you once you pay a nice amount of money. They usually display a ransom note on the victim’s screen, where they place all the payment instructions and deadlines.

A few good reasons not to pay

The main reason why Ransomware is so popular is because there are many people who agree to pay the required ransom with the hope of getting their files back. We understand that in most cases paying a couple of hundred dollars is nothing compared to losing all your precious data. However, there are many victims, who do not get the promised decryption key, despite having paid the fat amount for it. As typical crooks, the hackers behind the malware vanish once they have received the payment. And if you think that there is an option of somehow returning your money in such a case, you are hugely mistaken. The ransom is usually required in Bitcoins and this is not by accident. The hackers use this cyber currency because it is practically untraceable. So once you pay, your money is gone forever and you can only hope that the hackers would be as kind as to send you a decryption key, and keep your fingers crossed that it will really work. The sad truth is that nobody guarantees you that this will happen.

Removing the ransomware

Cerb3r is malware and, for your safety, all malware should be removed from your system as soon as possible. The longer you keep it on your PC, the more vulnerabilities it may create. Don’t forget that it has snuck in your system with the help of a Trojan that is still there and silently creates backdoors for more threats that the hackers could take advantage of. To clean your computer effectively, you should remove them both. The guide below has all the instructions that you need in order to detect the threats. If you follow them closely, we believe you won’ have any trouble removing all traces of Cerb3r from your machine.


Name Cerb3r
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)
Symptoms  A ransom note reveals the ransomware on the victim’s screen
Distribution Method Spam emails, misleading links, compromised websites, fake ads, suspicious web locations, infected applications and Trojans.
Detection Tool

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.

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Cerb3r Ransomware Removal

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).

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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:

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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:

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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.

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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Cerb3r Ransomware Removal

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!

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How to Decrypt files infected with Cerb3r

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

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About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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