Cerber Ransomware Removal and Decryption (Dec., 2016 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Cerber Ransomware and decrypt it. These Cerber Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.

In case you are reading this, then you have probably become a victim of one very dangerous threat – Cerber Ransomware. This is indeed one of the nastiest viruses and it falls under the category of Ransomware. Our “How to remove” team will give its best to help you clean your computer from it. Below you will find a removal guide with proven steps that will help you identify the infection and manually delete it. Also, we will give you some suggestions on how to recover your data and most importantly, how to prevent Ransomware in the future. It is worth to spend a few minutes checking this information.

Ransomware – the data kidnapping tool.

In the past, kidnapping and taking hostage of important information has been a favorite tool for crooks to make money. Nowadays things have not changed much, except the fact that now everything has moved to the digital realm. And so has the old crooks’ scheme. Ransomware is a very malicious tool that hackers use to lock and take hostage of the data on your PC. Cerber Ransomware is one such representative that uses a special file encryption algorithm to “secure” user’s data and make it unreadable, unless the demanded ransom is paid. Very often, the victims of this nasty ransomware are asked to pay from a couple of hundreds to a couple of thousands in exchange for the decryption key that is in the hands of the hackers. Therefore, it is understandable why people would like to try everything possible to find another solution to decrypt their files and save their money.

How can Cerber Ransomware infect you?

Ransomware infections happen through various ways that depend on the methods of distribution the hackers have chosen. Usually, their aim is to infect as many people as possible, that’s why they release massive email spam campaigns and spread the malicious payload as an attachment. Of course, the emails are masked like almost legitimate messages that ask from the unsuspecting victims to perform some action, usually, to open the malicious attachment in the email or click on a link. Once that action is performed, the virus is activated and immediately introduces the ransomware on the machine. This is commonly done through a Trojan horse, which creates system vulnerabilities and allows malware to get inside the computer. However, email isn’t the only way Cerber Ransomware distributes itself. It may also be found in pop-up messages, ads, torrents, and installations or infected websites.

What are the symptoms of the infection?

Victims of Cerber Ransomware usually experience something like this. They may find a ransom note on their screen, containing information about the encryption that has been applied to their files. There are hardly any symptoms that could reveal the encryption process while it’s still running, therefore victims can’t stop it before it locks all of their data. In the ransom note, they can find detailed instructions about how the payment should be made. The ransom is usually required in Bitcoins, which is a type of untraceable cryptocurrency. In order to make people pay faster, the crooks set a timer with a short period of time for the payment to be made. They may threaten to double the sum or even delete the decryption key if the victims don’t fulfill their demands.

Should you pay?

Dealing with the hackers behind the ransomware is a bad idea. Many security experts, including our team warn people about the risks of entering into negotiation with the cybercriminals. There is no guarantee that the victims would really get their decryption key if they make a payment. There are many cases of people who only burn out their money and never hear from the hackers again, or they get decryption keys that don’t work and remain with their data locked forever. There is another thing – the more people agree to pay, the more profitable and, of course, more popular this nasty form of robbery becomes. Therefore, one should carefully think if the risks are really worth the trouble. Removing the infection and restoring the files without paying is the best solution and in the removal guide below we are going to help you with some proven steps on that.

What is the best defense against Ransomware?

Firstly, ensuring your system protection from start to end is something you should never neglect. Suspicious online locations, sketchy content, and spam should be avoided. This would minimize your chances of interacting with malicious content. Proper antivirus and antimalware software should also be part of your system protection. However, in order to prevent the loss of precious data, you should keep a backup of all your valuable information on an external drive or a cloud. This is the best solution against Ransomware infections and you will always have your data copy at hand when you need it. Now, to clean your system from Cerber Ransomware, please proceed to the instructions below and in case you need any help, let us know.

SUMMARY:

Name Cerber
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Applies a strong encryption to your files and asks for ransom to release them)
Symptoms  A ransom note appears on the viсtim’s screen after the encryption.
Distribution Method Distributed through massive email spam campaigns and spread the malicious payload as an attachment, pop-up messages, ads, torrents, and installations.
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Cerber Ransomware Removal


Step1

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

This is the first preparation.

Step2

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

msconfig_opt

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.

Step3

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.

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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.

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Step4

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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt files infected with Cerber Ransomware

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

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