Remove Cerber Ransomware and Decrypt Files

By | Posted on March 4, 2016 | Updated on August 21, 2016

Cerber Ransomware is a dangerous ransom virus which was made to lock your computer and deny access to your own files. Just like other ransomware, this new threat will encrypt certain files on the computer. It also changes file extensions to .Cerber one and demand payment before you can regain access and reverse these changes. It demands user to pay an amount of 1.24 Bitcoins or roughly $500.

Normally, Cerber virus attacks a computer with the help of another malware, trojan, or virus. It find flaws on the system which it will utilized as an entry point so that the process is hidden to most antivirus programs. In fact, once Cerber Ransomware is inside the PC, it instantly disables any security function running on the target computer.

The lock window contains the following messages:

Your documents, photos, databases, and other important files have been encrypted! To decrypt your files, follow the instructions…

Cerber Ransomware looks for important files like documents, spreadsheet, images, music, and videos. Two new documents is then added which gives instructions to users on how to decrypt affected files. In addition, Cerber Ransomware blocks access to certain web sites especially security pages where you can download tools and utilities that are useful in cleaning the PC from threats.

Cerber Ransomware

System Restore of Windows may help in resolving issues with viruses and malware. However, it will not settle problems with encrypted files. If your computer is running on Windows Vista/7 or later, perhaps ‘Previous Versions’ may help restore files from backup.

How to Remove Cerber Ransomware

Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Cerber virus. Aside from our suggested tool, you may also run your own security program.

Though affected files may be impossible to decrypt due to complexity of the encryption, you can still try recovery method like Shadow Explorer or Previous Version as described below.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with ESET Rogue Application Remover (ERAR)

1. Download the free scanner called ESET Rogue Application Remover.
Download Link for ERAR (this will open a new window)

2. Choose appropriate version for your Windows System. Save the file to a convenient location, preferably on Desktop.

3. After downloading the file, Windows will prompt that download has completed. Click Run to start the program. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file ERARemover_.exe.


4. On ESET Rogue Application Remover SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS, click Accept to continue.

5. The tool will start scanning the computer. It will prompt when it finds Cerber Ransomware and other malicious entities. Follow the prompt to proceed with the removal.


Stage 2: Double-check for Cerber Ransomware’s leftover with Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool

1. Download the free scanner called Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Malicious Software Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)


2. The tool automatically checks the operating system and suggest appropriate download version. Click on Download button to begin. Save the file to a convenient location, preferably on Desktop.

3. After downloading the file, Windows will prompt that download has completed. Click Run to start scanning for Cerber Ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.


4. The tool will display Welcome screen, click Next. Please note the message “This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product.” You must understand that this program is made specifically to find and remove malware, viruses, Trojans, and other harmful elements on the computer. It was not designed to protect the computer.


5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Cerber Ransomware entities and other harmful files left on the computer will be found and removed. For advanced computer user, you can opt for Customized Scan, if there are other drives or folders you wanted to include in this scan.


6. Full scan may take a while, please wait for Malicious Software Removal Tool to complete the tasks. However, you may cancel the scan anytime by clicking on the Cancel button.


7. After scanning, the tool will reveal all identified threats. There may be other threats that our first scan fails to detect. Please remove/delete all detected items.

8. When removal procedure is complete, you may now close Malicious Software Removal Tool. We hope that Cerber Ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.

Recover .Cerber Files Using Decryption Tool

1. Download the program Ransomware File Decryptor by Trend Micro.
RansomwareFileDecryptor Download Link (this will open on a new window)

2. Save the file to your hard drive, Desktop, or any location.

3. Once the download completed, decompress the file and double-click to run.

4. If it prompts for End User License Agreement (EULA), please Accept to proceed.

5. The tool will launch the main user interface. Click on Select button.


6. Under “Select Ransomware Name“, please choose Cerber. Then, press OK to save your choice.

Cerber Decryptor

7. On main interface, click on Select & Decrypt button. See image below for reference.

Decrypt Cerber

8. Select a file or Folder that was encrypted by Cerber. This tool can either decrypt single file or all files inside the folder and sub-folders.

Scan Cerber

9. This Cerber decryptor tool will start scanning the computer and immediately decrypt files. Recovery time may vary depending on quantity of affected files and folders.

Option 1: Windows Previous Version Tool

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature called Previous Versions. However, this tool is only usable if restore point was made prior to Cerber Ransomware infection. To use this tool and recover files affected by the virus, please follow these steps:

1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

2. Right-click on the affected files or folders. From the drop-down list, please click on Restore previous versions.

3. New window will open display all backup copy of files and folders you wanted to recover. Choose the appropriate file and click on Open, Copy, or Restore. Restoring selected files overwrites the current encrypted files on the computer.

Option 2: Use ShadowExplorer to restore files encrypted by Cerber Ransomware

Just like Previous Version tool, ShadowExplorer is taking advantage of shadow copy created by Windows. This tool allows you to retrieve older version of files before it was encrypted by Cerber Ransomware.

1. Download ShadowExplorer from the official web site.

2. Install the program with the default settings.

3. The program should run automatically after installation. If not, double-click on ShadowExplorer icon.

4. You can see the drop-down list on top of the console. Please select proper drive and the most recent point-in-time shadow copies of files you wish to restore prior to Cerber Ransomware infection.


5. Right-click on the Drive, Folder, or File you wish to restore and click Export…

6. Lastly, ShadowExplorer will prompt for location where you want to save the copy of recovered files.

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54 thoughts on “Remove Cerber Ransomware and Decrypt Files

  1. Alex Chinnappa

    Thank you for your help guys but only files in C folder is visible. I need files mainly from E folder.

  2. karthik nithyanandam

    my files are totally encrypted

  3. salahuddin

    I cannot recover all my data , please help me to recover my data from encryption which is in .cerber format

  4. Santiago

    Hello. What key should i use in Panda Software??

  5. Asif

    hi… i need help whole pc was affected by this fucking shit of a virus…all i have left on my pc are .ceber files… can any one assist…and will recovery work?

  6. Dr. Mark Haus

    Thanks for the info.
    So far I did all I possibly can using the guides given from various websites.
    So far I hope I have removed the culprit, but still unable to decypt the files.
    Every files had turned .cerber. Yes, I agree to many that we should not pay Cerber
    Yes, I also agree that we should do regular back up or that System setting whatknot. Lesson learnt.
    I hope that one day soon, some good souls will come out with a Cerber Decryptor tools.
    Keep calm & hope for the best.
    Thank you.

    PS- I lost a very important file. A video of my beautiful late grandmother. She passed away early this year. I hope someday the file can recover, decrypt with the help of you good people out there. TQ again.

  7. praveen kumar G

    My D drive and E drive has been completely washed out with this cerber virus. Can anyone please advice me on this on how to remove this virus. I don’t have restore versions to took my back up. I have lot of important files related to my work. Please help me on this, I am waiting.

  8. Kumar

    for last couple of weeks I’m searching for a solution to this cerber ransomware. I had no idea of such malicious bug before. friends we all are victims. we lost invaluable things like memory of my dearest mother who passed way 3 moths back and lovely memory of childhood of my kids. Waiting with a hope soon decrypter will come.
    friends if you find any thing please share to

  9. awi

    I got this problem. Don’t know how this cerber got into my computer. Hoping to solve this problem.

  10. os2wiz

    I have the private key Cerber generated to encrypt my files. Is there a program which will use this key to decrypt my files?

  11. chriskayl

    @os2wiz, I believe after getting the key, they will also provide the Decryptor program which will only work for your key.

  12. banda88

    I got this stupid virus today. My computer has working strange for a few minutes i looked at task manager but wasn`t working at 100 percent and i thought it is nothing … i often have viruses :D But suddenly it appeared a message in my desctop and you all know whats next. I`ll try to do the steps here because i don`t want to loose data , my files are in a laptop hardrive which laptop is not working well and will be hard job to transfer them from it …. still if this ways doesn`t work i`ll try to restore, i`m not shure i have a restore point i have something but … if not – reinstall windows and format disks … and i hope someday i can meet these russians that created this virus in live and i`ll be able to smack their heads :)

  13. janardhan

    This virus is very dangerous I think. I have search many sites for this but, no use.

    Finally I got a solution for C:/ drive files. I got all the files back to normal format and for this, thanks to malwarefixes team. With the use of “Windows Previous Version Tool” at least I got some important files back.

    Simply right click on folder which you want to restore to normal format and click on “Restore previous versions” and select date. Click on “Copy” and give path where you want copy this folder.

    Bad thing is, except drive “C”, we were unable to get our files back to normal format from drives like D,E,F etc…

  14. janardhan


    With the use of “ShadowExplorer” software, we were able to recovered data from rom other drives as well. I got my files back to normal format. Feeling very happy that I got almost all files.

    Download and use “Shadow Explorer” software and you can easily get your files back.

    Thanks to Malwarefixes team for their effort. This site is very helpful. Giving good information to users without any cost (money).

    Once again thank to MALWAREFIXES TEAM!

  15. Dharmesh Panchal

    I lost my all type file like jpg, video, word ,excel, music. All files shows extensions like .cerber. Help decrypt my file

  16. Elina

    I follow the instructions above but I can’t solve the problem because I have windows xp and with shadowexplorer we cannot recover the files. Do you have any idea what can I do;

  17. Popizdeo

    I’ve tried to restore files with Panda Ransomware Decrtpt in the advanced mode, but it the following error:
    Invalid or inaccesible folder selected, please select a valid folder or drive to search for encrypted files.
    What does this mean?

  18. Sajan Gohil

    Thanks. This was really helpful. I got off easy because only the PDF’s and a few unimportant images were infected before I noticed. Panda decoder is not helping and I dont have previous versions but the rest is working. Thanks.

  19. Fred

    Please let us known if somebody has a decrytion tool.
    We had the problem on a XP PC, so there are no shadowcopies of the files.
    Thanks in advance.

  20. Bruce

    The Cerber decryption tool doesn’t work for me as described. I can’t select multiple files for decryption, and when I run a scan on an entire folder, it comes back with ONE infected file and no action taken. What am I doing wrong?

  21. Peter Maccabe

    I am finding this crazy. Never had something like this in 15 years.. I got rid of Cerber Ransomware with use of this program. Now HOW DO I AT LEAST RESTORE PICTURES AND FILES? Am using windows 10… Wish I had backed up but I didn’t.. Any help would be appreciated.

  22. jagan

    Cerber decryptor with trend micro is taking more than 4 hours what can I do?

  23. Manish

    Any one knows tool which can decrypt these encrypted file.

    Thanks !!

  24. Tanmay Dhara

    Please help me i lost all my photographs. If you guys have any decryption tool for cerber attack please please please send me…. im just a 17 year old kid from India so i don’t have 500$. Please send me to Thank you :)

  25. Bruce

    Still no response to my note from August 6th.

    I seem to have a strange variant of the CERBER virus. The names of my affected files were NOT changed to [random].cerber. They all have their original names, e.g., brucefile.cerber.

    Can someone PLEASE come up with a key for this thing?

  26. Dean Roberts

    Anything for Cerber 3? Literally my pictures just come up with a weird name and cannot be viewed, none of that telling me its encrypted or anything but they do end in .cerber3.

  27. VishwaBharath

    Hi can anyone please help me.. my system is infected with .cerber virus in all the drive e ,f and d. I want many important files which has photos and documents. I have installed new OS but still all files are encrypted. Please send mail to vishinfy @ to resolve the issue as soon as possible..

  28. Nanjo

    Does it work on “.cerber3” files (cerber ransomware)? all my files was converted to this file format even to the external drive that was connected on my pc at the time of virus attack. I really need the files. Please help. Thanks

    Please send me updates to “nanjomasangcay” or “jho_nojoma” on how to solve this issue. Thank you .

  29. raja

    i lost all my files…all files are encrypted im my personal pc…how i have to decrypt …any body give me solution…
    email-id:: pannalarajasekhar

    ph:: +91-7829401356


    i have been affected with this cerber3 last week is there any way to recover my data i dont even have a backup of it :(

  31. Gautam Kumawat

    MY PC has been affected with this virus on 13th September 2016 when I downloaded and installed desktop sharing software Ammyy. Hope someday there will be developed a dcrypter tool for cerber 3.0. By that time I have resigned my valuable data to fate.

  32. Ivan Stoichkov

    Tengo el mismo problema que todos solo que a mi me pego en 3 servidores y una de ellos es contable, por el momento no hay una solucion definitiva para recuperar los archivos, seguramente aparecera en los proximos meses como se vaya infectando mas gente y esto resulte en un pandemonium, sin embargo es importante los respaldos constantes en medios extraibles y mantener actualizados nuestros sistemas operativos, antivirus y alti malware.

    Lo que estoy haciendo es colocar un disco duro nuevo y reinstalar sistemas operativo y aplicaciones, escanear los discos duros externamente, copiar los archivos infectados en otro disco duro, reintaslar el sistema operativo y apps para reiniciar la captura y recopilacion de archivos con cada usuario y esperar a que salga algun desencriptador.

    Tambien hay que enviar las evidencias a las compañias de antivirus y malware para ayudarles a encontar una cura.

    Trenmicro tiene un desencritador pero no funciona ara la version de cerber3, estare corriendo aplicaciones para recuperar archivos eliminados esperando recuperar algo mas de informacion.

    les mantendre informados en medida que avance mi caso.

    Bendiciones a todos y que pronto encontremos una cura para este mal.

  33. Ahmed Raza

    Hi, i am having same issue too with a Student’s Laptop attacked by CERBER3 but still there is no fix found yet, gonna try for Shadow Explorer or will fight for CERBER 3 too, as Developer i am finding new ways to read its encryption to make its Decryption Tool As Soon As Possible.

  34. Shah

    Going to format my Hard-disk :D
    Starting again, because I am not dead yet ;-)

  35. Girish

    Sir.. I lost my pic.. Doc. Please help from this cerber.file..

  36. bruno

    the solution (in portuguese Brasil): basta renomear o arquivo de origem e o problema da criptografia está acabado. Por exemplo 124usxo.cerber para xxx.docx

  37. Dil.

    Hi, sorry if my english not good, my files been encrypted and I saw message on my screen. But when I rename something, my computer can read it like song. Any one have information to help me please.

  38. Amit

    I am victim of cerber3 ransomware and my all data encrypted and I can not find any file from my PC in any drive anyone have solutions please help me to recover data from this virus


    Sir, I lost my pic, exel file, and docs. Please help from this cerber3. maasales[@]

  40. neha

    please help me i have very important file and i am enable to recover it please help its urgent

  41. Vladimir Sarajlic

    Anything for Cerber 3? Literally my pictures just come up with a weird name and cannot be viewed, none of that telling me its encrypted or anything but they do end in .cerber3.

  42. Ravi Panchal

    Hey I am also a victim of Cerber3 Ransomeware attack. I also have lost my entire data and I tried all the way as described in the but the trend Micro tool is not able to decrypt the files. if any one has a solution please let me know . my email id is

    Thanks & All the best Guys.

  43. RASHID

    I am victim of cerber3 ransomware and my all data encrypted and I can not find any file from my PC in any drive anyone have solutions please help me to recover data from this virus

  44. Zara Habib

    My Laptop has blacked out completely. it starts and goes to the point of windows and user selection are but after that there is a black screen. please help i had a backup but due to my external drive being used at the time of the virus invading my laptops all my backup flash drive and the other laptops have been affected. i need help.please!!!

  45. Ahmed_kurdistan

    Hey friends , solving this problem is hard , but you can just change extension . for ex : if you know your file is “mp4” so just change “cerber3” to “mp4” ,
    it worked like this for me , i hope it works for you too , :)

  46. junais

    Dear Sir,
    In my laptop files like doc, xls,jpeg etc. are attacked cerber.3….. please help me convert to original format

  47. Hamid Omarkhail

    Hello to all friends,
    I have lost some of my files and some are decrypted. How can i find and download the CERBER RONSOMWARE software, I need help. Please guide me.

  48. Anwar

    Recently ,My files encrypted by cerber ransomware with extension “.b1a5”. This is latest development in CERBER. Please let me know if there is any decryption software for this.

  49. mhar

    My files was encrypted with .b823 extension. renaming the extension doesnt work. pls help me how to bet back my files. tnx in advance

  50. Prateek

    Hello I am also victim of cerber3 ransomeware. If anyone got its solution please replay me.

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