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.CERBER6 File Virus (GPAA) – Remove and Restore Files

This article has been created to show you how to remove the .cerber6 file virus from your computer system and try to get back files encrypted with the .cerber6 extension.

A ransomware virus, using the .cerber6 file extension which it adds to the files encrypted by it has been detected in the wild. The virus claims to be GPAA (Global Poverty Aid Agency), however it may be nothing like it, because it extorts it’s victims for the humongous sum of 10.91 BTC. For this price, the cyber-criminals behind it promise to decrypt your files. If your computer has been infected by the .cerber6 file virus, we would recommend that you read this article.

Threat Summary

NameCERBER6
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe .cerber6 infection encrypts the files on the compromised computer making them no longer able to be opened. Demands a ransom payoff of 10.91 BTC.
SymptomsThe .cerber6 file extension is added to the encrypted files. !READ.htm ransom note is added with a QR scan code.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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How Does .cerber6 File Virus Infect

This type of ransomware virus is specifically designed to encrypt files. Given the high ransom demand which is the humongous 10.91 BTC, the virus is not joking around and the attackers have invested in multiple tools that may spread it.

The primary method of infecting victim PCs with the .cerber6 ransomware is conducted via exploiting an unprotected RDP configuration. However, as reported by researchers this may not be the only way by which your computer may have been infected by this virus.

Another method of infection which may be related to .cerber6 file infection is to spread a loader file that also contains Windows exploits to infect your computer unsuccessfully. Such files may be sent to you via e-mail attachments as well as uploaded online on suspicious websites, posing as:

  • Fake setups of programs.
  • Game patches or cracks.
  • License activators.
  • Key generators.

But the virus may come onto your system via web-injectors as well. This means that It may also be spread via malicious web links that cause a redirect to the infection script. Such web links may be spammed as comments or exist in any other form online.

.cerber6 Ransomware – Analysis

Once an infection by .cerber6 takes place on your computer, the ransomware virus immediately drops a malicious file. This file has a completely random name and is an executable type of file. Besides this file, the .cerber6 file virus may also drop other support files that are usually the following file types:

→ .dll, .tmp, .vbs, .cmd, .bat

The malicious files of .cerber6 may be located in several different Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Temp%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Windows%

In addition to these objects, this ransomware virus also leaves behind it’s ransom note, which is the primary method to motivate you into paying the ransom. The note is named !READ.htm and it contains the following message:

Congradulations! Now you are a member of GPAA (Global Poverty Aid Agency).
We need bitcoins, our crowdfunding goal is to get 1000 BTCs. 1 BTC for 1 CHILD!
>> Click Here To Buy Bitcoins << Q: What happened? A: Ooops, your inportant files are encrypted. lt weans you will not be able to access them anyeore until they are decrypted. These files could NOT be decrypted if you do not have the KEY (RSA4096). Q: How can I get the decrypt programme? A: Your task is 10.91 btc. Send the correct amount to the bitcoin address 19ZLfCEpxdskvWGLLhNUnM6dUG7yikhz2W You can send more coins. When the goal is achieved, you will get the decrypt programme. Q: Where to get the decrypt programme? A: When the goal is achieved, we will send it to sc19ZLfCEpxdskvWGLLhNUnM6dUG7yikhz2W@outlook.com (You may register it first with the specified password: Save1000Children!!! ).

Other activity of the .cerber6 file virus is to likely make it harder for you to restore your files. This is done by deleting the Windows restore points and shadow volume copies. But before doing this, the GPAA ransomware virus has to obtain administrative permissions. Only then it can enter the following commands in WCP as an administrator to delete Windows backups:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

.cerber6 Ransomwre – The Encryption

Although it has not been confirmed as the latest variant of the notorious Cerber ransomware, this virus may use an encryption just as strong on your files. It’s primary end goal is to render the files no longer openable, but in the same time generate unique keys which are sent to the crooks and make them the only ones able to unlock your files.

The .cerber6 file virus is programmed in a way to look only for specific types of files to encrypt. These files are often used documents, pictures, audio files plus other often used files. The file types it looks for to encrypt have the following file extensions:

→ .123, .3dm, .3dmap, .3ds, .3dxml, .3g2, .3gp, .602, .7z, .accdb, .act, .aes, .ai, .arc, .asc, .asf, .asm, .asp, .assets, .avi, .backup, .bak, .bat, .bdf, .blendl, .bmp, .brd, .bz2, .c, .c4dl, .catalog, .catanalysis, .catdrawing, .catfct, .catmaterial, .catpart, .catprocess, .catproduct, .catresource, .catshape, .catswl, .catsystem, .cdd, .cgm, .class, .cmd, .config, .cpp, .crt, .cs, .csr, .csv, .dae, .db, .dbf, .dch, .deb, .der, .dif, .dip, .djvu, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .edb, .eml, .fbx, .fla, .flv, .frm, .gif, .gl, .gl2, .gpg, .gz, .h, .hpgl, .hwp, .ibd, .icem, .idf, .ig2, .igs, .ipt, .iso, .jar, .jasl, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .jsp, .key, .lay, .lay6, .ldf, .library, .m3u, .m4u, .mal, .max, .maxl, .mb, .mdb, .mdf, .mid, .mkv, .mml, .model, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg, .msg, .myd, .myi, .nef, .obj, .odb, .odg, .odp, .ods, .odt, .onetoc2, .ost, .otg, .otp, .ots, .ott, .p12, .paq, .pas, .pdf, .pem, .pfx, .php, .pl, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .ps, .ps1, .psd, .pst, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .sch, .session, .sh, .sldm, .sldx, .slk, .sln, .snt, .sql, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .stc, .std, .step, .sti, .stp, .stw

If the file extensions on your computer match with some of the ones above, the GPAA ransomware infection encrypts them and then adds the .cerber6 file extension as a suffix to them. During the encryption process, your computer may freeze and after this you will begin seeing your files looking like the following:

The virus also begins to pretend it is a charity agency, claiming it helps hungry children, but there is no way to confirm this. In any case, experts strongly advise against paying the ransom, because you may not get your files back and you support criminal activity.

Remove GPAA Ransomware and Restore .cerber6 Encrypted Files

Before beginning the removal process of this ransomware virus, we urge you to backup your files, despite the fact that they are encrypted.

Since the .cerber6 file virus is by far one of the worst type of threats you can encounter, it may create multiple different objects in critical for Windows places and files. Removing these files manually may eliminate the virus, but you also risk breaking your operating system. This is why, security experts recommend removing the .cerber6 file virus automatically with a ransomware-specific removal software that will scan for the malicious objects and eliminate them safely.

At this point, there is no free decrypter for this ransomware virus. But we will track the situation and update as soon as there is one developed, so follow this blog post.

In the meantime, do not despair, there are still ways by which you can restore your encrypted files. These methods are alternative and in no way 100% effective, however you may be able to restore a big portion of your encrypted files. For more information, check step “2. Restore files encrypted by .cerber6 virus.”

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove CERBER6 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CERBER6

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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 CERBER6 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 CERBER6 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 CERBER6 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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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for CERBER6 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 CERBER6.

Ransomware infections and CERBER6 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 CERBER6 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall CERBER6 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 CERBER6:

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 CERBER6. 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 CERBER6. 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 CERBER6 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 CERBER6. 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 CERBER6.

Ransomware infections and CERBER6 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.


CERBER6 FAQ

What is CERBER6 ransomware and how does it work?

CERBER6 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 CERBER6 ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.CERBER6 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 CERBER6 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 .CERBER6 files?

You can't. At this point the .CERBER6 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 .CERBER6 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by CERBER6 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 ".CERBER6" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .CERBER6 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 CERBER6 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 CERBER6 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .CERBER6 files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like CERBER6 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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