Cerber Ransomware 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 \u201csecure\u201d user\u2019s data and make it unreadable, unless the demanded ransom is paid. In case you are reading this, then you have probably become a victim of one very dangerous threat \u2013 Cerber Ransomware. This is indeed one of the nastiest viruses and it falls under the category of Ransomware. Our \u201cHow to remove\u201d 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 \u2013 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\u2019 scheme. 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\u2019s 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\u2019t 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\u2019s still running, therefore victims can\u2019t 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\u2019t 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\u2019t 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 \u00a0A ransom note appears on the vi\u0441tim's screen after the encryption. Distribution Method Distributed through massive email spam campaigns and spread the malicious payload as an attachment,\u00a0pop-up messages, ads, torrents, and installations. Detection Tool Keep in mind, SpyHunter's malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. Cerber Ransomware Removal Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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: If there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" -\u00a0write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Go in\u00a0Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.\u00a0Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name.\u00a0 Search for the ransomware\u00a0\u00a0in your registries and delete\u00a0the entries. Be extremely careful - \u00a0you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added.\u00a0Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! \u00a0 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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!