.Cerber3 Virus File Removal (Updated Feb. 2017 with Decryption Process)

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This page aims to help you remove Cerber3. These Cerber3 Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

Cerber3 File Virus is one of the many existing variants of ransomware, which puts it at the top of the list of cyber threats out there. Ransomware has become the most feared type of malware in just the few recent years and has experienced a neat-exponential growth in its number of unique samples. It targets businesses and private users alike, although the former are becoming a more and more desirable target due to the obvious fact of corporations and organizations having deeper pockets. Nonetheless, the risk of getting infected is still very great and it’s important to be informed about such threats, so as to be able to better protect yourself from them. Let us first go over what ransomware is, how it works and most importantly: how it affects users.

Cerber 3 File

.Cerber3 Ransomware Virus

The basics

Programs like .Cerber3 are designed to infiltrate the victim’s machine and apply a strong encryption on certain files that are stored on that particular PC. In this case turning them into .cerber3 file extensions. Ransomware tends to mainly affect documents, pictures, music and videos, but it’s not limited to those. Once the encryption process is complete, with all the file extensions changed to those of the virus, a ransom note is displayed on the computer screen. It will usually inform the user that his or her files have been locked and will also let them know that they can unlock them in exchange for a given amount of money. Typically, this money (ransom) is requested to be paid in bitcoins – the well-known cryptocurrency. The reason for this is mainly because bitcoins are pretty difficult to trace, which allows the hackers to stay hidden.

Now comes the most vital question in all of this and that’s how ransomware gets into people’s computers. There are many tactics hackers use to distribute their harmful scripts, but we will outline only the most used ones:

  • This is the number one possible way for you to contract .Cerber3 or some other virus of this stem. Malvertisements are harmful ads, which have been injected with malware. Once you click on them, they either redirect you to a malicious website, or directly download a virus onto your system, in this case ransomware. Malvertisements can seem as real as any ad and might actually be a real ad, only it was contaminated by hackers. You’re more likely to find one of these on shady, obscure-looking websites with questionable content, but there’s really no limit as to their distribution across the web.
  • Program bundles. This is another common method and it represents the combination of one type of software with another or several other within one downloadable package. You might be thinking you’re downloading some useful freeware or other program, but as a result you’re actually bringing in more than just that. Torrent sites are a likely source for contaminated files, so be very careful around those and it is best you avoid downloading anything from sites you cannot fully trust.
  • Spam emails. When sent through a spam email, it’s usually the ‘middle man’ that arrives – a Trojan horse. Trojans are well known to be used as backdoors for ransomware, so once you expose your system to one of those – it proceeds to automatically download the ransomware on it, too. The Trojan is usually embedded within an attached file, which could be as innocent as a Word or PDF document, but don’t let that fool you. No matter how elaborate a disguise the cybercriminals might come up with, you are responsible to be very cautious with any incoming emails.

What about paying the ransom?

You might be trying to figure out what the best course of action is for you and since you’re on this page, you’re probably trying to find a way past paying the ransom. And that’s a good thing. We encourage users to try other solutions first, even though it is of course up to each individual to make those decisions. We have prepared a removal guide for you below with the exact steps that will lead you to removing this malware from your system. In addition, there are also a few steps dedicated to retrieving the encrypted files. While we cannot promise that the restoration of your data will be fully successful, we can assure you that it’s worth giving a try and won’t cost you anything even in the event of a failure. We should probably also mention that succumbing to the hackers’ blackmailing won’t guarantee you access to your files either, as they might not even send you the promised decryption key. Consider the information you’ve read so far and make an informed decision based on that. Good luck!

SUMMARY:

NameCerber3
TypeRansomware
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)
SymptomsThere are practically no symptoms of a running infection up until the ransom note is displayed on the screen.
Distribution MethodMalvertisements are responsible for the most ransomware infections, but spam emails and program bundles are also effective methods.
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.Cerber3 Ransomware Virus File 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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove .Cerber3 successfully!

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:

Maximum file size: 128MB.

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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 .Cerber3 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!


  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hello Pratik, unfortunately there is currently no way to decrypt files targeted by cerber3. Check out our list of active decryptors here -> https://howtoremove.guide/how-to-decrypt-ransomware/ A lot of people have problems with cerber3, so as soon as a solution is found we’ll share it with everyone.