If you’ve joined the number of users who have detected a Malware called Cerberus on their devices, this article and the removal guide below are just for you. We will explain to you the dangers of this infection and the methods to safely remove it from your device. Cerberus is a very hard-to-detect Malware virus and it’s good news that you’ve been able to spot it before (hopefully) it has done something bad.
A very common use of threats like this one is for system destruction and theft of sensitive information. They can wipe off all the information that’s on your hard drives, or steal your passwords and login credentials and send them to the hackers in control. Trojans are also commonly used to help certain forms of malware reach the devices of the potential victims. They are often programmed to operate as ransomware backdoor viruses. In addition, a Trojan will help the hackers access your system remotely, and mess with it, delete and replace files, or launch different processes without your knowledge. For instance, they can mine cryptocurrency by exploiting the resources of your machine, thus slowing the device down to a crawl. Another very dreadful ability of the Trojans is to spy on their victims. Through monitoring your keystrokes, such malware can collect information about you without your knowledge. This means that the crooks behind the infection can have access to highly sensitive data, including your banking, and financial details. The criminals can even watch and listen to you remotely by hacking into your webcam and mic.
Basically, threats like Cerberus are the hackers’ favorite weapon because they are able to perform a range of malicious tasks. Moreover, they are able to perform them without showing any visible symptoms which can give them away. That’s why in the beginning we said how fortunate it is that you’ve even been able to detect the Trojan. Most often, the victims are completely clueless about the ongoing infection for weeks, or even months.
And, sadly, they come to know about the malware only after the malicious activity has already been successfully performed and the system has been severely damaged
How did you end up with Cerberus in the first place?
You may have been compromised by Cerberus in a variety of ways. Trojans typically have the ability to stay disguised as almost any type of digital content. It could be a spam email, or a compromised transmitter such as an ad, a pop-up request, or a message for fake system updates and warnings for virus infections. These usually come with spam emails as an attached file that can appear harmless, like a document, invoice, report or a PDF file. But don’t be fooled by that. If you don’t expect any correspondence or if the attachments, the sender, or the subject seem fishy, it’s best not to touch it, and just remove it immediately. Also, we advise you to think twice before you click on any pop-ups, message alerts, etc. unless you are sure they come from your system or your security software. Otherwise, you risk interacting with something that may contain malware like Cerberus.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||The lack of visible symptoms make these threats so stealthy.|
|Distribution Method||Spam is a favorite distribution method for most Trojans. Emails and malicious attachments may also contain such malware.|
Remove Cerberus Malware
If you have an Android virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.
Whether you use the default “Internet” App for browsing or a different browser like Chrome you need to go to:
Locate the Browser/App in question and tap on it.
Now the method is effectively the same for users using both “Internet” and Chrome/Other Browsers, yet for more clarity we have provided instructions for both:
For “Internet” Browser Users:
Tap the Force Stop button.
Now tap the Clear Data and Clear Cache Buttons.
For Google Chrome Users:
Click on Force Stop.
Then click on Clear Data and Clear Cache.
Restart your Browser. It might be a good idea to Reboot your Android device, just in case.
If you are still seeing Ads in your browser, it is likely they are generated by the websites you visit and there is nothing you can do about it.
However, if you are seeing Adverts outside of your internet browser, then one of your installed Apps contains the problematic Adware. In this case you need to take a look at this guide.
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