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Cerber Decryptor. How to Remove? (Uninstall Guide)

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Cerber Decryptor: an overview of the program's malicious qualities

Cerber virus developers present a new tool – Cerber Decryptor – which is supposed to decrypt the files affected by the ransomware. IT experts discovered it at the beginning of 2016 [1]. During the first half of the year, the application has been updated several times already. However, its functionality is highly questionable. Victims of the file-encrypting malware are still not able to restore encrypted files for more than half a year. Speaking of the legitimate decryption software, in the middle of August, Check Point Software Technologies experts found flaws [2] in Cerber’s code and created a free decoding tool for this nasty parasite. However, it was not available for too long. Cyber criminals immediately updated the virus and decryptor became obsolete. Today, several virus versions [3] are lurking on the Internet and the crooks claim that the only way to decrypt corrupted files is by purchasing the decryption key directly from them. Many victims ask the same question – should they pay for the possibility to restore lost data? The quick and simple answer is no. A few months ago we have witnessed a success story when the Cerber’s code was cracked [4]. So, there’s a huge possibility that researchers will come up with a new file decryptor some time soon. Meanwhile, you can try retrieving at least some of your files from backups or use additional methods that you can find at the end of the article.

Remember that the primary aim of cyber criminals is to collect as many ransoms as possible. The technique they use is really advanced and unfortunately, efficient. The thing is, many computer users store valuable or private information on their computers, no matter if it is a home computer or a work computer. Losing all files can be a disaster not only because the virus can steal your memories (family photos, videos, music) but also because it can take documents, archives, presentations, and other important files that the computer user needs for work or studies. An unexpected loss of such data can make the computer users panic, and that is exactly what cyber criminals aim for. They want to frighten [5] computer users and make him/her believe that there is NO way to recover files and that he/she must pay the ransom in order to retrieve the data. Sadly, we have to warn you that this might not be the right solution for this problem.

Do you really think that cyber criminals are ACTUALLY going to decrypt your files for you? If you think so, we are afraid that you are wrong. There is NO guarantee that cyber criminals will give you the decryption software just like that. They are busy developing the virus and spreading it, so we believe that they are just waiting for victims to transfer money to them so they would be able to continue their malicious activities. We doubt that cyber criminals actually provide the decryption software after the victims pay the ransom, so if you do not want to lose your money just like you have lost your files, do not take the risk of transferring your money to the Bitcoin address provided by cyber criminals. Besides, consider if you want to support cyber frauds - you really should NOT do that. If your computer is affected by Cerber malware, we recommend you to remove it from your system ASAP. The automatic Cerber removal can be done with a help of an anti-malware application like Reimage. It can detect and remove all files that belong to this virus.

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2016: The latest versions promote new Cerber Decryptor

Cerber 5 ransomware. Following Cerber evolution, the gearheads developed a habit to release new version every week. The fifth installment was improved mainly in the distribution section. Virus researchers have identified that the update disperses with the assistance of RIG-V exploit kit. Unfortunately, they are quite insidious as not all anti-virus utilities might detect them on time. Likewise, updating security tools is of primary importance. What is more, the malware appends .secret file extension to mark the corrupted file. Cerber 5 does not meddle encrypting smaller than 2, 560 byte files and does not encrypt them. It means that Word documents, photoes, excel reports, and other important files can be encrypted as they are, usually, larger than the mentioned size. As for file recovery, racketeers promote the latest version of Cerber Decryptor. It is understandable that you might recover the files ar any cost, but keep in mind that transfering more than 600 USD might be just a waste of time. What is more, there is a probability that such Decryptor only facilitates a hijack in the future.

Cerber 5.0.1 ransomware virus. Taking a glance at all Cerber versions, one might notice some peculiar elements. The crooks of this cyber terror do not bother with publishing several successive subversions for one particular variant. Cerber 2 and Cerber 3 had only one follow-up malware, while the fourth installemnet was updated up to sixth subversion. As Cerber 5 was introduced, its updated variant got immeditaly released. Some speculate that such habit of launching viruses is aimed at IT experts to prevent them from creating a free decryption tool. While Cerber 5 differed from the previous versions, 5.1.0 contains several small improvements in its source code. Like its predessor, it might disguise in Rig-V malware. The same extension is also attached to corrupted files as in the fifth update. As gearheads work relentkessly to retain the virtual word in the firm jaws of Cerber, ordinary users should vigilantly review their Inboxes and update security tools daily.

Should you buy the tool?

When cyber criminals inject virus into victim’s computer, they drop ransom notes on the computer system, usually in noticeable locations like desktop. These ransom notes say that the computer user needs to download a Tor browser to access a website where the victim can buy Cerber Decryptor. As we have already mentioned, you should NOT do what cyber criminals command you to do. Remember that the payment site might be filled with malicious links, which can lead you to shady Internet sites filled with malware. Therefore, instead of trying to buy out your files from such untrustworthy web source, you should rather consider removing malware from your computer.

How should I remove Cerber Decryptor?

If your PC has already been infected with Cerber virus, delete the threat with an anti-malware software. The only 100% safe way to recover your files is to import them from a backup. From time to time, you have to save backups on external memory drives, so in case if this or another ransomware-type virus slithers into your computer, you would be able to recover them.

If you have decided to buy Cerber decryptor because you did not have a backup, and even this decryptor has decrypted your files, you should not keep it on your computer. The decryptor can be infected with Trojans, which can download more malware on your computer. If you care about your computer security, install a reliable anti-malware software and remove Cerber decryptor from it automatically. The anti-malware software will also check if the decryptor was virus-free.

To remove Cerber Decryptor follow these steps:

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Remove Cerber Decryptor using Safe Mode with Networking

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Cerber Decryptor

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Cerber Decryptor removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

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Remove Cerber Decryptor using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Cerber Decryptor. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Cerber Decryptor removal is performed successfully.
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Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Cerber Decryptor from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

The creators of Cerber virus want to threaten users and encourage them to purchase Cerber Decryptor. However, we strongly recommend do not consider making the payment. First of all, hackers might disappear after receiving a payment and your loss might become even bigger. Secondly, the decryption software might come bundled with other malicious files. Thirdly, this tool might not be able to decrypt corrupted files. Finally, this payment is a motivation and support for the criminals to continue their crimes. As you already know, the creators of the Cerber are capable for updating virus and coming back with even more powerful versions of the ransomware.

Bear in mind that you can retrieve lost data from backups. If you have never made it, you can try additional methods to restore at least some of the important files. Our team has prepared detailed instructions below. However, we cannot assure that these methods will work for you, but we still believe you should try them.

If your files are encrypted by Cerber Decryptor, you can use several methods to restore them:

Restore files with Data Recovery Pro

Data Recovery Pro is a tool that is created for recovering corrupted and damaged files. It is not created for decrypting files locked by Cerber, but it might restore some files as well. Follow the instructions below.

Using Windows Previous Versions function

Unfortunately, you can use this method only if you have enabled System Recovery function before the ransomware attack. If you did it, follow these steps to recover corrupted files.

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select "Properties" and go to "Previous versions" tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in "Folder versions". You should select the version you want to recover and click "Restore".

Explore Volume Shadow Copies with ShadowExplorer

Ransomware usually deletes Volume Shadow Copies, but sometimes even the evilest hackers fail. So, in this case, you can retrieve some of the individual files by following these steps.

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select "Export". You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Cerber Decryptor and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, PlumbytesWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Malwarebytes Anti Malware

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Jake Doe - Computer technology expert

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Comments on Cerber Decryptor

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Claus
Ive got a Cerber with file extension .a171 - Any ideas to decrypt.
Is This Cerber5 or ?
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fackdup
hello, my cerver version doesnt encrypt with cerber extension but all files are *.8d89. Some help with this?
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개고기는 너나 처묵으라!!
아무래도 개발자 이넘이랑 랜섬웨어 만든넘이랑 동일인임!!,,,, 도적넘!! 이런날강도는 고발해야함!!
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혹시 이걸로 잠긴 파일들 풀리나요?
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Vagner
My computer was infected, but I am not going to but Cerber Decrypter. Yes, Cerber has encrypted my files, and that was a huge loss, but I am NOT going to transfer my money for some filthy idiots! That is never gonna happen! I would like to encourage other victims NOT TO PAY!
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bobbi
I hope my computer never gets affected by ransomware....
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Criminals.r.greedy
Ransomware developers are NUTS. Who is going to pay 1300 dollars? Thats a crazy price.
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Nathaniel
well, people who run big corporations would. what would you do? This virus prevents big companies from working, which means they lose money while the virus keeps important files locked. Thats why some companies pay

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