Cerber 3 Encryption Virus Removal (Updated Oct. 2016 with Decryption Process)

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This page aims to help you remove Cerber 3 Ransomware. These Cerber 3  Ransomware Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

Cerber 3 is restricting the access to your files? Here’s what you need to know

Ransomware is not anything new when it comes to different kinds of malicious programs and viruses. In fact, this type of harmful software has been around for quite a while. However, it has never been as widely spread and as popular among hackers as it has become over the past several years. With every passing day, newer and more advanced ransomware viruses are getting developed and so far the IT community has not managed to keep up with this rapidly-evolving type of malicious programs. That is why it is essential to be well-informed about what ransomware actually is, what it actually does, once it infiltrates your PC, and how you can avoid getting infected. First thing you should know is that Cerber 3 is one of the latest of ransomware viruses and as such is currently on the rise. Therefore, it has some of the highest chances of infecting your PC. In this article, we will attempt to both provide you with some important information on how to protect yourself against Cerber 3 and also what your possible courses of action are if your machine has already been infected by it

Ransomware is different

Ransomware viruses are very different from most other malicious software you may encounter. Programs like Cerber 3 have a unique agenda, different from that of other viruses. Ransomware does not try to cripple your system, spy on you or steal your money. This, however, does not make it any less harmful or problematic compared to other viruses such as Trojan Horses, for example.

Once ransomware gets into your machine’s system, it starts to copy all your files, while removing the originals. The copies it makes are the same as your original files save for one essential difference – they are all encrypted. An encrypted file is inaccessible if you do not have a specific code that your PC needs so as to read the encryption. Since you do not have that code, your files will remain locked and you won’t be able to open them. Once the process finishes, Cerber 3 displays a message on your screen, notifying you of the encryption that has just taken place. The message tells you that if you want to acquire the code, you’ll have to pay a certain amount of money to the hacker that’s controlling the ransomware. Instructions on how to make the transfer are provided. The ransom is usually demanded in the form of bitcoins – an untraceable cyber-currency. The use of bitcoins for the ransom payment makes it nearly impossible to track-down the virtual criminal and bring them to justice. This is one of the main reasons why viruses of the ransomware type are gaining so much popularity among hackers.

What to do after the encryption

There’s often not much that can be done after you’ve had your files encrypted by a ransomware virus. It’s just that the code for most new programs of that type has not been busted yet, making it that much more difficult to deal with the specific version. Still, under this article, we have provided a guide that might help you remove Cerber 3 and possibly re-gain access to your files. However, note that when it comes to ransomware, there are no guarantees for success. Some of you might be thinking about paying the ransom and getting it over with. We consider this to be a very bad idea – nothing obliges a hacker to actually send you back the code that you’ve paid for. Thus, you might simply be throwing away your money if you go for the ransom payment. Instead of doing that, give our guide a try- it won’t cost you anything and it’s surely worth the shot. Also, keep in mind that even though ransomware developers are usually a step ahead, many specialists are working day and night to come up with solutions for every newly released ransomware virus.

Important tips on how to prevent ransomware infection

With everything said so far, we cannot stress enough just how important it is to keep your PC safe and clean. It is so much easier to fend off potential ransomware infections, than it is to deal with viruses of that type. Therefore, make sure that you make a mental note of the following tips on how to prevent potential ransomware infections:

  • Have a good anti-virus program. Often Cerber 3 gets to people’s computers with the help of another virus (like a Trojan Horse, for example).
  • Be careful when opening new e-mail messages, since spam e-mails are one of the most common methods for ransomware distribution. If a newly received e-mail looks suspicious and is from an unknown sender, you might be better off deleting it, without opening it.
  • Back-up your important files – this is an extremely important piece of advice, since it can effectively nullify the negative impact of a potential ransomware infection.
  • Try paying attention to your computer’s behavior. If higher levels of RAM and CPU are being used and there’s less free storage space than you last remember, this could be an indication that Cerber 3 is currently encrypting your files. If that’s the case, shut down your PC and bring it to a specialist immediately!


Name Cerber 3
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)
Symptoms During the encryption process a slow-down of your PC’s productivity may occur due to high levels of CPU and RAM usage. Less free hard-disk space than you’re supposed to have is another strong indication of a ransomware infection.
Distribution Method Fake/spam e-mails are usually the most commonly used method.
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Cerber 3 Ransomware Encryption Virus Removal



Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This is the first preparation.


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Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


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.


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.


This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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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.



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!


How to Decrypt files infected with Cerber 3

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

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