Cerber 5.0 Ransomware Removal (Decryption Methods Included)

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This page aims to help you remove Cerber 5.0 Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Cerber 5.0 Ransomware file can be recovered.

You may have recently realized that your machine has been contaminated with Cerber 5.0. Maybe you still remember the message on your screen saying that some of your data has been encrypted and you need to pay an amount of money to recover your access to it. Our purpose is not to scare you further; however, you need to proceed with the reading of the whole article very carefully so that you can make the best possible decision on your case for dealing with this virus. Indeed, you are now experiencing the worst possible version of malware as a whole.

Cerber 5.0 and why it is so malicious

You might have read a little about the programs that have the common name Ransomware. Cerber 5.0 is exactly one of these programs. It is extremely evil when it comes to its effects on your PC.  Here is exactly how it works:

  • Ransomware often becomes a part of your system by using a Trojan horse virus to explore any vulnerabilities and to get it inside your computer. Once inside it, Cerber 5.0 starts completing the tasks from its own agenda. These tasks include a complete and detailed scan of all the places in your system where you keep files; creating a full list with all the existing data that you regularly use. The step that comes after these ones is the beginning of the encryption process of all the files from this list. The encryption process usually consists of putting a double key to prevent the affected users from reaching their files. The key that is used typically consists of two components: a private and a public one. As you may guess, the public one you may receive immediately after the completion of the encryption process. Nevertheless, you will have to pay for the private part, which is the one that decrypts your files.
  • After all these steps are carefully implemented, this program continues with showing a very disturbing message on your computer screen. Typically, it states that it is necessary for you to pay ransom before a particular date. There might even be additional warnings saying that if you do not complete the payment of the ransom, you may risk even more serious further consequences.

Why you should not obey the rules of the hackers

It is normal that you may be scared and you could be thinking of paying off the demanded sum. Nonetheless, we would like to remind you that you are actually dealing with the people who have hijacked your files at the first place without any second thoughts. This is enough for us to believe that obeying their rules is not the best decision you can make. What’s more, what can guarantee that they will indeed give you the private part of the decryption key and you will be able to use your files again? The answer is nothing and no one. Even if you pay, you can’t be sure your files will finally be safe. However, it is the same in case you decide not to pay. Once more, even if you manage to delete the virus completely from your PC, your files might remain locked up and you may never reach them again. It is your choice, but act in a wise way by considering all the possibilities.

Why prevention is so essential

As you already know, even experts might find it difficult to deal with the virus, remove it and give you back the control over your files. As a result, we can state that the only way to be sure that you can deal with Cerber 5.0 is not to catch it in the first place. Prevention is of extreme importance when it comes to Ransomware. What you can do to stay away from such a threat is to avoid the places it might be lurking in. Such places are any shady and questionable web pages, torrents and shareware websites, suspicious emails or any emails from senders you cannot recognize; as well as any email attachments, even text documents might be dangerous. Another good prevention tip is to invest in the best possible anti-virus program. You will not regret such an investment as it will help you against other threats such as Trojans as well.

You can always try to remove Cerber 5.0…

Using our removal guide is one good option for the uninstallation of this Ransomware. However, you should remember to deal with the Trojan that has come with it as well. Also, don’t forget that we cannot give you any guarantee that the removal process will result in the decoding of your locked up files.


Name Cerber 5.0
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)
Symptoms  Usually very subtle or none at all, until the ransom note appears.
Distribution Method Typically via spam letters in your email, within an attached file.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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Cerber 5.0 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).


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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:

hosts_opt (1)

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.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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 5.0

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

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