This page aims to help you remove Cerber 4.1.6 Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Cerber 4.1.6 Ransomware file can be recovered.
Your visit to our page makes us both happy, because you have selected us as a source of information, but also somehow sad, because of the thought that you may have been infected with Cerber 4.1.6. This is the worst cyber threat that can be bothering you online. In the paragraphs below you will find reasons for and proof of why this program is among the most awful viruses of all time. Despite its disturbing characteristics, we have managed to create a removal guide to help you delete it from your PC.
Detailed description of Cerber 4.1.6
Have you ever heard anything about Ransomware? Probably, probably not. Ransomware is the term used for software products that can determine, which of your files you regularly use, open or visit, and encrypt those files with a double-component key. In fact, Cerber 4.1.6 is an excellent example of a Ransomware-like program. It comes to your PC usually accompanied by a Trojan horse virus and then really scans your drives and disks for the kind of data that we have mentioned above – the most often used. After that, it limits your access to this data by locking it up with a double key. The first component of such an encryption key is called public and you should not worry about it. The hackers are likely to give it to you immediately after they encrypt your files. The second one, though, is the one that actually decrypts your files and makes them accessible. For this part, you get a notification on your screen letting you know that a ransom is required for the full decryption of your blocked data.
Where has your PC caught Cerber 4.1.6?
As the distribution methods of this malicious program greatly vary, we cannot be sure from where exactly you have got such an unpleasant cyber surprise. However, we are going to list the most likely locations and vehicles of Ransomware. For instance, you may be very likely to catch such a virus from a torrent or a software bundle. That is why it is essential that you are very careful with everything that you download while you are browsing the Internet. Another potential source of Ransomware are any documents that come as attachments to suspicious emails. Surprising as it sounds, even text documents can carry Cerber 4.1.6. The most popular transport of Ransomware-based software is any spam email or any shady-looking email from your Inbox. Also, do not forget that Cerber 4.1.6 and the other versions of Ransomware usually come with a Trojan. So these sources also apply for the Trojans as they are rarely alone, and more often combined with ransom-requesting viruses.
Will it be helpful to pay the demanded ransom?
As you have been wondering how to proceed with this unpleasant infection, you may have considered the option of paying the requested amount of money. Honestly, we cannot say whether it is a good or a bad decision, this is your call to make. Nevertheless, our opinion is that you should always try to solve your problems with any malware by consulting a specialist or a tested guide, not by complying with the hackers’ demands. However, if you do prefer to pay, remember that your money could be wasted, as those cyber criminals may have no intention of making your encrypted data accessible again. You can never be sure about their true plans. It’s also important to mention that not paying and trying to remove the virus could also lead to nothing. It is not guaranteed that you will restore your files neither when you pay, nor when you avoid the payment.
Our advice on prevention and removal
When it comes to the removal of the virus and decryption of your data, we can only help you remove Cerber 4.1.6 for sure. The decryption of your data is another thing. We recommend that you contact an expert for help or look for specialized software for that purpose. Only removing the virus could be successfully done by using our removal guide you will find on this page. However, it may not be easy, make sure that you know exactly what you are doing by studying the removal instructions in advance. When it comes to preventing any future infections, only smart surfing habits will be 100% useful. They could be briefly described as being cautious with your online destinations and sources of information and software, as well as avoiding everything that looks even slightly questionable to you.
Cerber 4.1.6 Ransomware Removal
Here is what you need to do in order to remove a Ransomware virus from you computer.
I – Reveal Hidden files and folders and utilize the task manager
- Use the Folder Options in order to reveal the hidden files and folders on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, follow this link.
- Open the Start Menu and in the search field type Task Manager.
- Open the first result and in the Processes tab, carefully look through the list of Processes.
- If you notice with the virus name or any other suspicious-looking or that seems to consume large amounts of memory, right-click on it and open its file location. Delete everything in there.
- Make sure that the hidden files and folders on your PC are visible, else you might not be able to see everything.
- Go back to the Task Manager and end the shady process.
II – Boot to Safe Mode
- Boot your PC into Safe Mode. If you do not know how to do it, use this guide/linked/.
III – Identify the threat
- Go to the ID Ransomware website. Here is a direct link.
- Follow there in order to identify the specific virus you are dealing with.
IV – Decrypt your files
- Once you have identified the virus that has encrypted your files, you must acquire the respective tool to unlock your data.
- Open your browser and search for how to decrypt ransomware, look for the name of the one that has infected your system.
- With any luck, you’d be able to find a decryptor tool for your ransomware. If that doesn’t happen try Step V as a last ditch effort to save your files.
V – Use Recuva to restore files deleted by the virus
- Download the Recuva tool. This will help you restore your original files so that you won’t need to actually decrypt the locked ones.
- Once you’ve downloaded the program, open it and select Next.
- Now choose the type of files you are seeking to restore and continue to the next page.
- When asked where your files were, before they got deleted, either use the option In a specific location and provide that location or choose the opt for the I am not sure alternative – this will make the program look everywhere on your PC.
- Click on Next and for best results, enable the Deep Scan option (note that this might take some time).
- Wait for the search to finish and then select which of the listed files you want to restore.