Cerber Ransomware Removal and Decryption (August 2017 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.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Cerber Ransomware Removal


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

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:

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.

Step4

WARNING!
You can possibly recover parasite files by downloading Data Recovery Pro. At minimum, its free scanner can tell you if you can get them back.
Download Data Recovery Pro from here.

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 Cerber Ransomware files

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

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!


  • Eniafe Jide

    what is autoexec.bat? is it a virus?

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      We cannot be hundred percent sure, but if you do not know where it came from, you’d better not interact with it. You can send us a screenshot if you want. Do you have any idea how it got on your PC?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Sort the entries by date and see if anything has been added after or just before the moment of the first occurrence of the Ransomware problem. If you are not sure what’s new, you can send us a screenshot – just make sure to sort the folder by date.

  • Mrunmay

    Is there any way to decrypt the cerber3 files

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hello, Mrunmay. You should check out our guide on how to decrypt ransomware which is linked at the bottom of the article. There you can find all decryptors that we’ve found so far as well as instructions on how to use them in addition to other helpful tips pieces of advice.

  • Johnq

    Hello, we attacked the version that changes the file extensions on .b550. All files utility encrypt us.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Those two Ransomware viruses are fairly recent and are significantly more advanced than their predecessors which is why, unfortunately, there are no decryptors for them yet. We always make sure to post the latest decryptor tools and keep this article updated. We advise you to pay visits to this page every once in a while so that once we have found out about the release of a decryptor for those viruses, you will be informed about it.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Sadly, there aren’t decryptors for those versions of Cerber. As soon as we learn that such a tool has been developed, we will make sure that it gets posted on this page. Therefore, we advise you to visit this article every now and then in order to stay updated.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    For detailed decryption instructions, we advise you to visit our How to Decrypt Ransomware article.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    What note are you referring to?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We advise you to go to our How to Decrypt Ransomware article and see if the instructions there help you.

    • rex chen

      Thank you for your reply
      But I do not seem to see the Cerber4.0 decryption method but only 1.0
      How can i decrypt?
      thank you very much

      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        We are still looking for decryptors for this version of Cerber. So far, it seems that no decryptor has been released. You can try file restoration through shadow copies but success is unfortunately not guaranteed.

  • Sharon Hathaway

    I think I got it off but the desktop screen still remains what can I do to get rid of it?

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      What screen are you referring to?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Check the Task Manger Processes tab and see if you can find the process behind the Ransomware message.