This page aims to help you remove Cerber 4.1.4 ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Cerber 4.1.4 encrypted files can be recovered.
Cerber 4 was first spotted in October and appears to be getting constantly updated. The new Cerber 4.1.4 uses 3 IP ranges for it’s UDP connection and random file extensions in order to remain as elusive as possible. That aside, Cerber 4.1.4 is not that different from other existing ransomware threats.
Ransomware viruses are currently one of the greatest online threats that one can encounter. These malicious programs are known to encrypt all documents on the user’s computer, making them inaccessible until ransom is paid. Many anti-virus programs are absolutely ineffective against this type of malware and a big portion of users have no idea how to protect their computer against this constantly evolving threat. Recently, a new Ransomware virus called Cerber 4.1.4 has been reported. This has led us to creating this article, in which we will inform our readers about the most important aspects of Ransomware viruses. Additionally, below you can find a detailed guide on how you can potentially remove the malware and restore your data without having to pay ransom. Keep in mind, however, that this removal guide might not work in all cases of an Cerber 4.1.4 infection. As stated above, these viruses are evolving and becoming more advanced very quickly. Therefore, what has worked yesterday might not be enough to solve your problems today.
Why is Ransomware so difficult to handle?
Oftentimes viruses such as Cerber 4.1.4 remain absolutely undetected until all data has been locked and it is too late to intercept the attack. This is because of the unique approach of Ransomware programs, when compared to most other viruses. Typical Ransomware will not attempt to damage your system or data. Instead, it uses the method known as encryption to lock the files on your hard drive. The special thing about encryption is that it is not an inherently malicious process. Many normal programs use this method to protect their files. Therefore, the majority of anti-virus programs does not see encryption processes as potentially harmful and allows them to remain active. This is how Cerber 4.1.4 is able to remain under the radar while it locks the data. Once the encryption is finished and all files have been rendered inaccessible, a notification is displayed on your screen. The message informs you that if you want to be sent the decryption key that will allow you to unlock your files, ransom would need to be paid. Most times, the money is required in the form of bitcoins – an untraceable cryptocurrency. The usage of bitcoins allows hacker to remain completely anonymous during the ransom transfer. Usually, detailed instructions on how to pay the money are provided within the Ransomware message.
Is it a good idea to pay the money?
Although at first it might seem tempting to simply pay the ransom money and get it all over with, bear in mind that it is criminals you are dealing with. You can never know whether or not you’d actually receive the decryption key, even if you do exactly as instructed and pay the ransom amount. Additionally, making the transfer would further encourage the criminals to continue blackmailing more and more people using the Ransomware virus. Our suggestion for you is to first try our guide and see if it helps you resolve the problem. While it might not guarantee full success, it is still a much more sensible course of action. Besides, it would cost you nothing to try it.
It is possible to manually detect the infection
The encryption process requires both time and resources from your PC. This is because the virus first needs to copy all the targeted files. Those are actually the ones that are encrypted by the virus code. After this stage is over, the original files get deleted, so that you are left only with the inaccessible copies Even though your anti-virus program might fail to detect this, you can spot the infection manually, by being observant and paying attention to what’s going on with your computer. Therefore, if you notice anything odd like unusually large amounts of RAM, CPU and hard-drive space being used, it might be due to a Ransomware program trying to mess with your files. In such a case, shut down your computer and have it taken to a professional. Also, do not connect any external devices in an attempt for a last-minute back-up, as they might get infected as well.
Tips for future use
Ransomware viruses are probably not going to go away for quite some time and the best we can do at this moment is provide our computers with the best protection possible. Here are several tips that will help you prevent your computer from getting infected by Cerber 4.1.4:
- Get a reliable anti-virus program. In many cases Ransomware uses other backdoor viruses to get inside your PC. A good security tool will help you detect such viruses.
- Do not visit sites that seem untrustworthy. Illegal and shady sites are a favorite place for hackers to spread their malicious software.
- Make sure to use only reputable download sources.
- Be cautious with any suspicious links and e-mails that people send you, because they might be infected with Ransomware. Sometimes they might come from a person within your contacts list if their PC has been hacked.
- Back-up everything that is important for you. Documents, images, videos – make a back-up of all important files and update it frequently, so that even if Ransomware encrypts the data stored on your hard-drive, you’d still have accessible copies of everything that you might need.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||High amounts of CPU, RAM and free HDD space being used without any visible reason.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious spam e-mails, deceitful/hidden hyperlinks, illegal websites.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Cerber 4.1.4 Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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 4.1.4
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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