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.ceph Files Virus (Cephalo Ransomware) – Remove It

What is .ceph files virus? How did it infect your system? Is there a chance to restore your .ceph files? Our removal guide will help you understand the answers to all these questions.

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Cephalo is ransomware infection designed to damage computer systems and personal files. It uses a strong cipher algorithm to transform the code of valuable files and leaves them out of order. The ransomware is associated with the specific file extension .ceph. It appends this extension to the names of all encrypted files. At the end of the attack, Cephalo ransomware also known as .ceph files virus drops a ransom message to extort a ransom fee for .ceph files recovery.

Threat Summary

Name .ceph
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A data locker ransomware that utilizes sophisticated cipher algorithm to encrypt files stored on infected computers. Then it demands a ransom fee for files decryption.
Symptoms Important files are locked and renamed with the extension .ceph. Ransom message extorts a ransom payment for their recovery.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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.ceph Files Virus (Cephalo Ransomware) – What is It All About?

Cephalo ransomware is the name of a cryptovirus that plagues computer systems with the goal to reach personal files and encode them with cipher algorithm. Since it appends the extension .ceph to the names of encrypted files, it has been given the alternative name .ceph files virus.

Currently, it is not clear which are the exact mechanisms used for the spread of this ransomware. However, the guesses are hackers bet on some of the most popular ones. These techniques include – malspam, corrupted websites, freeware installers and malvertising.

The most preferred one is malspam. It is realized with the help of massive email spam campaigns that attempt to deliver the ransomware payload file on target computers. They usually present the malicious code in the form of an attached file or clickable URL address. To make you more prone to download the file or click the link, these emails may pose as representatives of legitimate business and governmental services. In the event that you follow the email instructions, you will allow the ransomware payload to run on your device.

Once started on a target PC Cephalo .ceph files viurs plagues various system settings in order to encrypt valuable files stored on it. It realizes the encryption proccess with the help of a highly sophisticated encryption algorithm probably AES or RSA. Files it targets are likely to be:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

Following the encryption process, the ransomware leaves all corrupted files inaccessible. Sure sign of an encrypted file is the extension .ceph appended to its original name.

When all above-stated issues occur, Cephalo ransomware drops a ransom message that attempts to blackmail you into paying a ransom fee to cybercriminals. The message is stored in the file _READ_ME_.txt and below you can see a copy of its text:

– // –
Your files, personal data and identity are now being held for ransom.
This campaign is targeted at pedophiles worldwide, exposing those who are downloading and sharing child pornography.
If the ransom is not paid, your data will never be recovered and you will be exposed to the world.
– // –
Your sensitive files have been encrypted and uploaded to our Tor Hidden Service and will soon be analyzed by our team.
Your files will soon be presented together with your personal data (name, address and contact information), screen captures and webcam captures (if present) to the appropriate authorities and will soon after be released publicly across several platforms.
In order to cease our team from contacting the authorities and releasing the data publicly, a payment is required.
You have up to 72 hours to complete payment, during this time your files and personal data will be prepared for public exposure.
– // –
Requested Amount: 125 USD (current equivalent in Bitcoin).
Payment is demanded in Bitcoin, a form of electronic cash.
Bitcoin Payment Address: –> 193kt6VwHgoedmq7Vpme2EeAmovCobkfBN <-- Deadline: --> <-- - // - Gathered information is inclusive of; all documents, images, videos and archives found on the system (including removable devices). Browser data such as; browsing/download history, active logins, form/search history and cookies. Screen captures and webcam captures (if present at time of data collection). Storage devices have also been mined for deleted data using recovery tools. - // - https://virtualglobaltaskforce.com/operations/ https://www.europol.europa.eu/crime-areas-and-trends/crime-areas/child-sexual-exploitation https://www.interpol.int/Crimes/Crimes-against-children - // -

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Be advised to refrain from paying hackers the ransom as this action does not guarantee the recovery of your .ceph files. Since the code of their threat may be full of bugs, their decrypter may not be working.

Remove .ceph Files Virus (Cephalo Ransomware) and Attempt to Restore Data

The so-called .ceph files virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected computer in a secure manner again is to remove .ceph virus with all its malicious files and objects from the computer system. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. You will also be presented with several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore .ceph files. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .ceph from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .ceph

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall .ceph and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .ceph on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .ceph there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for .ceph with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .ceph.

Ransomware infections and .ceph aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .ceph from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .ceph and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to .ceph:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to .ceph. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to .ceph. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove .ceph via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as .ceph. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .ceph.

Ransomware infections and .ceph aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


.ceph FAQ

What is .ceph ransomware and how does it work?

.ceph is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does .ceph ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..ceph Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of .ceph is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open ..ceph files?

You can't. At this point the ..ceph files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..ceph files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .ceph ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore "..ceph" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..ceph files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of .ceph ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .ceph ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..ceph files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .ceph ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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