This page aims to help you remove Cerber2 Ransomware Virus. These Cerber2 removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
Cerber2 is one of the latest variants of ransomware that has recently been unleashed on both enterprises and private persons alike. You’re probably here because you too have become affected by this awful form of malware, but by seeking this page out you’ve already gotten halfway through to solving your problem. On this page you will find a detailed, simple guide that will walk you through the process of removing this virus from your computer. In addition to this, we will also give you some basic information on Cerber2 and its kind, which will help you understand the principles under which it typically operates, as well as some useful tips on preventing any future infections. Be warned, though, that ransomware is by far the worst of all cyber threats you can encounter and for this there are several reasons, all of which we will list below. With that being said, you should approach the removal guide below with the knowledge that it may not be possible to restore some of the encrypted files on your system, though we have provided several steps, which you can use to try and do just that.
Why ransomware is dangerous
As the fastest growing malware type out there, viruses of the Cerber2 variant have been experiencing a near-exponential jump in the number of unique samples only over the last few years. Many speculate that this is largely due to the rise of cryptocurrencies, in particular of bitcoins. Because bitcoins are notoriously difficult to trace, the hackers, who request the ransom for decryption keys to be paid in that exact currency, can avoid being caught much more easily than before the existence of the said money type. In addition to this, if you’re not aware of the scale of extortion done by ransomware, it’s in the multimillions each year. So, as you can see, the reasons and conditions for cybercriminals to exploit this cunning tool are plentiful and most suitable. What adds to its beneficial (for the hackers) qualities is its unique stealth and ability to remain undetected until it itself makes its presence known.
When dealing with any kind of a cyber infection, it’s paramount to understand how you got infected in the first place. This is key to preventing such things from happening ever again. Though we cannot tell you how you specifically contracted Cerber2 Ransomware, we will recount the most common methods of distribution that criminals use and perhaps you will be able to recall, which of your actions had brought the ransomware upon your system. To begin with, the most popular technique is injecting online adverts with ransomware. These are called malvertisements and once you’ve clicked on one, the virus is downloaded onto your computer, obviously without signaling this in any way. Sometimes the ads would be created specifically for that task, but most times hackers use already existing, legitimate ads and convert them into malicious vessels for the virus. You will be more likely to land on a malvertisement on various shady websites, torrent sites of ill repute, etc. It’s best to generally abstain from any banners, popups or other such ads, while browsing the web.
Other possible techniques involve the help of another master of stealth – Trojan horses. These are usually sent within attachments to spam emails, which are made to look strikingly authentic. The cyber criminals strive to mimic popular online stores, utility companies and other such enterprises, which are more likely to gain the trust of the victim. The Trojan is activated, when the attached document is opened, and then it automatically downloads the ransomware onto the unsuspecting user’s PC. Spam emails are a very massive threat to users worldwide, so it’s necessary to take the needed precautions and analyze the incoming messages before attempting to open them. If the email was sent by someone you don’t recognize, if it has an attached file, or you have reason to believe that there might be something wrong with it – delete it. If you’re unsure, you can always send a new message to the organization the sender is posing as to see, whether or not you really received anything from it. Other possibilities of infection include contaminated torrents and content available on share sites and open-source download platforms. Only download things from sources you can fully trust and always keep your system updated, because ransomware can exploit flaws in it to enter, which are essentially fixed by allowing updates to be installed.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||There are no noticeable symptoms to a ransomware infection, which is part of why the virus is so successful.|
|Distribution Method||Malvertisements are hugely responsible for the distribution of ransomware, as well as spam emails, infected torrents and share-/freeware.|
|Detection Tool||Cerber2 may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Cerber2 Ransomware Virus Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
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 Cerber2
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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