Cerber is a Ransomware which locks your Computer with .Cerber, .Cerber2 and .Cerber3 ransom extensions. This Ransomware is more lethal in nature than other variants of its type. The reason is there is no strong decryption technique or tool available that could encrypt your decrypted data.
The Spreading mechanism of Cerber Ransomware is as same as that of the other Malwares. But a very interesting fact is that this Ransomware is not able to attack users in only some countries. The Countries Where Cerber Ransomware is not able to operate include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Tajikistan, Georgia, Russia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine etc.
In rest of the countries it runs automatically on its victims Computer. So if you don’t belong to any of the above nations, then there are chances you may become victim of the above ransomware.
There has been some changes in the distribution techniques adapted by this Ransomware. It seems the Ransomware is evolving itself to become capable to beat the advanced security cover of computers around the world.
It seems the developers of this Ransomware are now a day using IP addresses of Amazon web services and sending malicious emails to people.
The emails it sends to people have generally no subject but just a link attached to it.
The attachment may be a word document in zip file. The Word document is actually macro Script whose job is to download Ransomware. Apart from Amazon, it may also use one of the following addresses to send you Cerber Ransomware
rbrown[@]rsu13.org, and more.
One more novel technique used to spread Cerber Ransomware from Computer is RIG exploit kit. It presents Ransom note as HELP_HELP_HELP_%random%.hta, or jpg. And they send you more and more false alerts so that you click on any of their message and the Ransomware downloads on your device.
Cerber Ransomware- disadvantages
Cerber is a Ransomware and it is obvious it will be disadvantageous for your Computer. Some of its disadvantages are as follows
As soon as it makes entry into your Computer, it becomes active instantly and starts bombarding error messages in a very Random fashion.
After shooting your computer screen with a number of error messages, then it auto reboots your PC into the Safe Mode with Networking.
And after this, it restarts your Computer and till this time, the process looks quite normal. But after restarting your device, it will start encrypting the data on your System. It will take it a less than a minute to encrypt your full computer data.
And after encrypting your data, then it shoots a ransom warning to the victim. It will drop a ransom note in each and every folder of your computer under the name DECRYPT MY FILES.
And at the end, it plays a sound message which says “Attention. Attention. Attention. Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted”!The Ransom note in your computer folders also contains instructions how you can decode the encoded data. You will be asked to download a browser to access the website of the Ransomware to pay Ransom
You will have to pay Ransom in BitCoins. It will ask you to pay 1.25 BitCoins which amounts to $512 USD.
Further it threatens you to double the ransom amount if it is not paid within the stipulated seven days’ time.
Should you really pay this Ransom?
The Ransomware gives rise to a very confusing situation for the victim. It is difficult to decide for user whether to pay Ransom or not. Our suggestion is you should wait and try some alternate solution to unlock your computer. Because there is no guaranty that Ransomware will unlock your computer after paying Ransom. It may continue to blackmail you for more money. It may not provide you that download link which you could use to encrypt your decrypted data. In these circumstances, the valid suggestion seems to gear up for removing the Ransomware from Computer.
Cerber Ransomware virus Removal Guide
If Ransomware has already infected your computer, go for its removal immediately otherwise when its infection becomes severe, it causes a lot of trouble and becomes too stubborn to remove from the computer.
How to get rid of Cerber Ransomware from the infected Computer?
Scan your PC with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will start and update the antivirus database. To start a system scan you can click on the “Scan Now” button.
1. First of all install an Antimalware
2. Then click on Scan Now to start scan
3. And the scan will take some time. Once it concludes scan, then it will show you a list of threats.
4. Now Select and click “Remove Selected”
5. Then Malwarebytes can start computer reboot, allow it to do so. It is useful for getting rid of remaining threats from the computer.
Method No.2: Manual Method
Follow the following steps to remove adware manually.
To remove Cerber Ransomware virus , you may have to mess with registery & system files. Making a single mistake and deleting the wrong thing may corrupt your system.
To Avoid this use MalwareBytes – Cerber Ransomware virus Removal Tool.
Step 1 : Uninstall suspicious software using Control Panel.
From Windows Control Panel
The procedure to remove Cerber Ransomware from the Control Panel of the computer is as follows
1. Start your PC
2. ThenGo to control panel
3. Click “Uninstall a program”.
4. It will show you list of recently installed programs.
5. Choose and remove Cerber Encrypted files
How to Remove Cerber Encrypted from browsers and Reset browser settings?
The browser hijacker may have not removed Cerber completely from the system. To get rid of its components from web browsers, you will have to reset your Internet browsers to default settings
1. Run Firefox
2. Visit Menu >> Tools Menu
3. Click Help button
4. In Firefox settings, choose menu
5. Select “Troubleshooting Information”
6. Click on “Refresh Firefox”
7. Confirm the “Refresh Firefox” option in dialog box
8. Once it completes troubleshooting process, click on Finish button.
For Internet Explorer
1. Run internet Explorer browser
2. Click on internet explorer tools menu
3. Tap “Internet Options”
4. Choose the Advanced tab in “Internet Options”
5. Click on Reset button
6. Select “Delete personal settings” and click Reset button.
7. Restart computer to apply the changes
Note: If you can’t find required program, sort programs by date in Control panel and search for last installed programs.
After that remove Cerber Ransomware virus from your browser.
For Google Chrome
The Chrome browser has option that resets its default settings. Resetting is important for mending the alternations made by the malware to the browsers.
1. Visit Google Chrome Menu
2. Select Settings
3. It will open a new Window or tab
4. Click on Show advanced settings
5. Then Click on Reset browser settings
6. Click on Reset button in confirmation box to continue reset process.
7. It should remove Cerber Ransomware and the files attached to it from your computer.
8. Apply more or less same procedure for IE and Firefox