This page aims to help you remove Cerber 4.1.5 Ransomware. These Cerber 4.1.5 Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
The latest virus of the ransomware family that has been unleashed upon Internet users is titled Cerber 4.1.5. Assuming you haven’t come to this page just for the fun of it, the files on your computer are now locked and risk remaining that way. Our removal guide below is designed to help you locate and banish this awful virus and we’ve also included steps that could help you retrieve the hijacked files. Though we cannot promise that the process of restoring your data will be 100% successful, it is still something we recommend trying before rushing into more drastic measures.
What is Cerber 4.1.5 ?
Ransomware, the type of malware Cerber 4.1.5 belongs to, has been around for decades now and is probably one of the oldest types of virus threats out there. It first appeared in Russia in the late 1980’s and spread throughout the country in the following several years, but it has since gained enormous popularity and distribution across the globe. It is the second most common type of virus and the exponential growth it has been experiencing over recent years sets it at the top of the cyber-security threat list. These stats are largely due to the mindboggling profits ransomware generates for the hackers behind it, with separate infamous instances reaching 8-digit figures in extorted funds.
Today, pretty much anyone risks getting infected, provided they aren’t careful and don’t implement basic security measures. You can get infected via a spam email that’s carrying a Trojan Horse. Trojan horses are ransomware’s best friends and they infiltrate your system by stealth, typically when you open an attachment of such infected spam emails. They then proceed to download the ransomware, just as stealthily, onto your machine, when it immediately gets down to its dirty work. The chances of you detecting a piece of ransomware, while it’s in the process of encrypting your files, are slim to none. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that this process could take up an obscene amount of your PC’s resources, which could potentially make it run very slow. Should this be the case and you have reason to suspect an intruder is present, check the Task Manager for the processes using the most RAM/CPU. Notice something unfamiliar? Shut down your computer and call in a specialist.
Distribution and safety
There are several other possibilities of you getting infected with Cerber 4.1.5 or one of its numerous brethren. Recent studies of leading cyber-security experts have determined that the most successful distribution method for ransomware is through malvertisements. These malicious adverts may appear genuine and possibly even attractive, but the second your cursor delivers a click on the sneaky banner or pop-up – you’re done for. The virus is downloaded onto your computer and does what it does best, topping it off with a ransom note, so you know by how much money you’ll be poorer. With that information in mind, we urge our readers to ignore the various suspicious ads displayed throughout the web. You can never be sure of what places they might take you to or what malicious piece of software might be hiding behind them. If you noticed something you’re simply desperate to find out more about, you’re only a click away from a new tab and several keystrokes from the search results you’ll get, when typing in the details from the advert. Don’t. Click. The ads.
It’s also possible for ransomware and other viruses to sink their claws in your system through infected torrent files or shareware. File sharing websites and open-source download platforms could potentially serve as nesting grounds for these programs, so be extremely cautious, when downloading any kind of such content. We recommend abstaining from visiting untrustworthy, questionable sites altogether. However, simply minding your surfing destinations isn’t enough. It’s vital that you also have a reliable antivirus program installed on your computer and to be extra safe – a good anti-malware tool won’t set you back by much, but it will certainly be worth every invested penny. Be extremely cautious with newly received emails, especially if those were redirected to your spam folder. Assess the details of the messages without opening them and in case they seem suspicious or dangerous – it’s best you simply delete them. Remember that hackers aren’t stupid and they will use elaborate techniques in the hopes that you’ll lower you guard.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Mostly there are no noticeable symptoms of infection. On rare occasions a substantial sluggishness in PC’s performance could serve as a sign.|
|Distribution Method||Malvertisements, spam emails, within infected torrents and shareware/freeware.|
|Detection Tool||Cerber 4.1.5 may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Cerber 4.1.5 Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.
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 4.1.5
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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