This page aims to help you remove Cerber 5.0.1 Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Cerber 5.0.1 file can be recovered.
Cerber 5.0.1 is one of the latest ransomware viruses to have been released and if an infection with this particular malware is what has brought you here – we’ll do our best to help you out with this problem. The removal guide, which you will find beneath the following article has been designed exactly for this purpose and will walk you through all the necessary steps. However, removing the virus alone will not restore access to your files – if only it were that simple. We have also included steps that will attempt to recover your encrypted data, but we cannot promise that they will work or that they will work for all the files. Please read on and we will explain the specifics of the malware that you are currently faced with, as this is important in both dealing with it, as well as preventing anything like this from happening again in the future.
What Cerber 5.0.1 is all about
Cerber 5.0.1 and ransomware are tools used by cybercriminals to extort money from people and blackmail them into paying ransom for something that they may or may not send. History has known plenty of cases when victims gave into the ransom demands but never received anything in return. How the virus works is once it invades a targeted machine, it immediately gets to encrypting the most frequently used files on it. In most cases this includes pictures, documents, music and video files. The extensions of these files are changed to one that is unique to the specific type of ransomware that has infected your computer. This results in the inability for any existing program to open and read them, rendering the files useless to the users. After the encryption is complete, the ransomware then proceeds to reveal its presence and the damage it has done through a ransom note, which would typically also include information regarding the ransom amount, how to pay it and possibly also a deadline. Scare tactics are a popular measure hackers resort to in order to throw their victims off balance and give them as little time as possible to think, making them give in to the ransom demands.
How Cerber 5.0.1 is distributed
This is probably the most important info related to any kind of malware infection, as thanks to this knowledge you will be able to avoid it in the future. Research in the field of cyber security conducted by experts in this field has determined that the main sources of ransomware infection are the so-called malervtisements. These are various online ads, typically banners or popups that have been taken advantage of by hackers, who have embedded them with the malicious program, like Cerber 5.0.1 for example. Once the unsuspecting user clicks on one of these malvertisements, the virus is either automatically downloaded onto the computer or the page is redirected to a harmful website, from which the viruses may target the user. Given this knowledge, it would be wise to avoid interacting with any kinds of ads you see online, especially those displayed on the numerous shady websites with suspicious content and questionable legality.
Another very commonly exploited technique is infecting people with Trojans that then automatically download the ransomware. The Trojans are often sent via email, within an included attachment. Most times users are able to differentiate, when they’ve received a malicious email, but lately cybercriminals have stepped their game up and have learned to elaborately disguise their spam emails. Now you can find yourself looking at a message supposedly sent by one of your utility companies or a popular online store, which you may be registered in. If you’re not paying close attention to detail, you might miss the small tell-tale signs indicating a fake and could fall for the message. This would result in your opening a malicious link that the message was asking you to follow or in opening the attached document, which is allegedly a bill or order confirmation, etc. As pointed out, it’s vital that you are attentive to even the smallest details to prevent the hackers from tricking you into downloading the malicious payload. To further maximize the safety of your online experience and your system in general, make sure that you regularly install new updates for the programs on it and the OS in general, when those are available. This will prevent any vulnerabilities forming entry points for various malware, including Cerber 5.0.1.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||A ransomware infection typically runs without any symptoms apart from the ransom note that is later posted on the user’s screen.|
|Distribution Method||Research has shown malvertisements to be the most successful distribution method.|
|Detection Tool||Cerber 5.0.1 may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Cerber 5.0.1 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).
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 5.0.1
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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