November 10, 2016
The Cerber ransom-spree continues with Cerber 4.1.5. Similar to the older 4.X versions, Cerber 4.1.5 uses a four character extension for encrypted files. There are about half a dozen Cerer variants floating around the Internet. The virus demands payment in BitCoin for the decryption of locked files. The virus is dangerous, but it can still be removed. You can delete Cerber 4.1.5 with the help of this article.
Cerber 4.1.5 Ransomware Spam – How Does The Virus Spread?
Email spam is the main method of distribution in the Cerber ransomware family. Cerber 4.15 is no exception. The virus is spread through emails containing malicious attachments, most often ZIP files that hide infectious documents.
These documents, often word files will look like official Microsoft manuals. They’ll ask the victim to enable macros which will start the infection. The emails themselves may be masked to look like automated responses from a bot.
Can I Remove Cerber 4.1.5 Ransomware Virus?
The removal of Cerber 4.1.5 can be somewhat tricky for the average user. It requires tempering with the Windows’s settings and processes. This can be dangerous, as Cerber 4.1.5 is very dangerous virus. A small mistake can lead to loss of encrypted data. That’s why it’s better to leave the deletion process to a professionally developed anti-malware tool which can remove the virus. Additionally, the anti-malware tool will protect your PC from malware threats in the future.
Cerber 4.1.5 Ransomware Removal
STEP I : Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.
1) Hit WIN Key + R
2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot”
4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
5) Apply -> OK
STEP II : Show Hidden Files
1) Open My Computer/This PC
2) Windows 7
– Click on “Organize” button
– Select “Folder and search options”
– Select the “View” tab
– Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option
3) Windows 8/ 10
– Open “View” tab
– Mark “Hidden items” option
4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button
STEP III : Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes
1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
2) Get over to “Processes”
3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location”
4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process”
5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it
STEP IV : Remove Completely Cerber 4.1.5 Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
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STEP V : Repair Windows Registry
1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys
STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files
1) Use present backups
2) Restore your personal files using File History
– Hit WIN Key
– Type “restore your files” in the search box
– Select “Restore your files with File History”
– Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar
– Hit the “Restore” button
3) Using System Restore Point
– Hit WIN Key
– Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps
STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures
1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
3) Secure your web browser.
4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
5) Disable macros in Office documents.
6) Use strong passwords.
7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
8) Backup regularly your data.