Developers of the Cerber ransomware have released version 4.1.5 for their malware. Apparently, besides the change in its desktop background image, the address for the payment site has also been switched. The same randomized extension is used for the encrypted files of each victim. To see how to remove this ransomware and how you can try to restore your files, read the article to the end.
|Short Description||The ransomware will encrypt your files and make them inaccessible. A ransom note with instructions for payment will be placed in a file named “Readme.hta” spread across different directories on your computer.|
|Symptoms||All encrypted files will receive an extension with 4 random symbols. The symbols are letters from A to Z or digits from 0 to 9. (Example: “.be5c”)|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Cerber 4.1.5 |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Cerber 4.1.5 Ransomware – Delivery
The criminals behind the Cerber 4.1.5 virus continue to spread its malware with spam and phishing e-mail campaigns. The result of such campaigns is e-mails that are designed to look like they require immediate attention and try to urge you to open up a document. Usually, that document is a Microsoft Office .doc file, as shown below:
Cerber 4.1.5 ransomware developers implement their malicious script into such documents, which also require from users to enable Macros on those specific documents. When the Macros function is allowed by users, that triggers the script and the computer becomes infected. Here is how a file with such a notification looks like when opened:
Unfortunately, these files are highly obfuscated, to avoid detection by Anti-malware vendors and are rarely detected in the hour of their release. Like its previous version, after the malicious script is initiated, it launches a download for the payload of Cerber via PowerShell, as seen right here:
As seen in the above image, Cerber ransomware downloads its payload from a file with the name “winx64.exe” located in the %AppData% directory.
Cerber 4.1.5 Ransomware – Description
Cerber ransomware continues to spread newer and newer versions and now Cerber 4.1.5 is a fact. You can read more about how it came to this version from the article called The Cerber 4 Iteration Tango. The core of this cryptovirus hasn’t really changed – the same way of operation as the previous few versions is observed in this one as well.
You can be sure that the following registry entries will be modified so that the Cerber 4.1.5 virus becomes more resilient:
The registry entries will make the ransomware to start with each boot of the Windows operating system.
Afterward, the Cerber 4.1.5 ransomware also drops the “Readme.hta” file as its previous iterations. The file contains the ransom note which leads to the Web page with instructions for payment. You can view the page from the below image:
Here is what the instructions for payment read:
“How to get «Cerber Decryptor»?
1. Create a Bitcoin Wallet (we recommend Blockchain.info)
2. Buy necessary amount of Bitcoins
Do not forget about the transaction commission in the Bitcoin network (≈ 0.0005).
Here are our recommendations:
btcdirect.eu – A good service for Europe
bittylicious.com – Get BTC via Visa / MC or SEPA (EU) bank transfer
localbitcoins.com – This service allows you to search for people that want to sell Bitcoins directly (WU, Cash, SEPA, Paypal, etc).
cex.io – Buy Bitcoins using Visa / Mastercard or Wire Transfer.
coincafe.com – It is recommended for the fast and easy service. Payment methods: Western Union, Bank of America, cash through FedEx, Moneygram, and/or wire transfer
bitstamp.net – Old and proven Bitcoin dealer
coinmama.com – Visa/Mastercard
btc-e.com – Bitcoins dealer (Visa/Mastercard, etc.)
Could not find Bitcoins in your region? Try searching here:
buybitcoinworldwide.com International catalog of Bitcoins exchanges
bitcoin-net.com – Another Bitcoins sellers catalog
howtobuybitcoins.info – International catalog of Bitcoins exchanges
bittybot.co/eu – A catalog for the European Union
3. Send 0.1196 to the following Bitcoin address:
You should NOT in any circumstances even consider of paying the extortionists, especially when you find out how quickly they can come up with a new version of their ransomware. You probably will just end up giving your money to them and still have your files inaccessible.
The files which get encrypted receive one and the same extension, but that extension is different for each victim – it is comprised of 4 random symbols. These symbols can be either single digits from 0 to 9 or letters from A to Z. An example would be “.be5c” and the encryption algorithms that are used are RSA and AES.
Remove Cerber 4.1.5 and Restore Your Files
If your computer got infected with the Cerber ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. To see ways that you can try to recover your data, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by Cerber 4.1.5.
How to Remove Cerber 4.1.5 from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Cerber 4.1.5
Step 2: Uninstall Cerber 4.1.5 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Cerber 4.1.5 on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Cerber 4.1.5 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Cerber 4.1.5 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Cerber 4.1.5.
Ransomware infections and Cerber 4.1.5 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of Cerber 4.1.5 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Cerber 4.1.5 and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Cerber 4.1.5 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Cerber 4.1.5 files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Cerber 4.1.5, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Cerber 4.1.5 on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Cerber 4.1.5 aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.