Cerbersyslock Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Cerbersyslock Ransomware is?

Cerbersyslock Ransomware seems to be a type of a malicious file-enciphering program that is capable of locking almost all data found on the infected computer. Apparently, the only files left untouched should be the ones belonging to the device’s operating system. As for other files, for example, your pictures, photos, text documents, archives, and so on; they should be locked and marked with a specific extension. Afterward, the malware is supposed to leave a ransom note demanding to contact the hackers. No doubt, if you write them their reply would probably state how much you have to pay if you want to get a decryption tool. The cyber criminals may even guarantee you will get the decryptor, but keep it in mind, in reality, there cannot be any reassurances. Meaning it is entirely possible you might get scammed. If you do not wish this to happen, we urge you not to take any chances and eliminate Cerbersyslock Ransomware at once. To help users with its deletion, we will be placing a removal guide just a bit below the article.

For starters, it is important to know Cerbersyslock Ransomware might be spread via infected email attachments. The delivered threat’s installer could look like a text file, a picture or a photo, an installer or an update, and so on. It means you may not be able to recognize it unless you scan the suspicious file with an antimalware tool first. Thus, for anyone who would like to stay away from such infections in the future, we would recommend acquiring a reputable antimalware tool. Just keep it in mind the only way for it to be able to recognize newer threats is for it to be up to date, so whenever there is a possibility to update it, you should do so as fast as possible. Another way to protect the computer from malware is not to open suspicious Spam emails, replace file-sharing web pages with legitimate websites, etc.

As said earlier, when the system gets infected with Cerbersyslock Ransomware, the threat should lock almost all files located on the computer and mark them with .CerBerSysLocked0009881 extension, e.g., picture.jpg.CerBerSysLocked0009881. Then the malicious program should replace user’s Desktop image with a picture called lfalgbmhcnjepkfa.bmp (the name could be random). This picture might contain the following words: TerraBytefiles@scryptmail.com, CERBER RANSOMWARE, and again TerraBytefiles@scryptmail.com. Our computer security specialists believe the false name could be given to simply confuse the user and make it more difficult for him to find any information about the malware on the Internet.Cerbersyslock Ransomware Removal GuideCerbersyslock Ransomware screenshot
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Besides the small message on the changed Desktop picture, Cerbersyslock Ransomware should drop copies of HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt in various directories and also open a separate window displaying the same message as in the mentioned text document. According to this ransom note, the files were locked by CERBER RANSOMWARE and to decipher them the user needs “to buy Cerber Decryptor v5.0 updated 2017-November.” It is not unusual, but we noticed the malware’s message does not mention the price, which might mean it could be different for each user.

The rest of the ransom note urges to contact the given email faster and not to attempt data recovery on your own or try to erase the malware. However, the threat’s deletion is exactly what we would recommend if you do not want to risk your savings since no matter what the cyber criminals promise you they may still scam you. Users who decide to erase Cerbersyslock Ransomware could either follow the removal guide available below this text or install a reputable antimalware tool and let it deal with the malicious program.

Eliminate Cerbersyslock Ransomware

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Choose Task Manager.
  3. Identify a suspicious process associated with this malicious application.
  4. Select this process and press the End Task button.
  5. Leave Task Manager.
  6. Tap Windows Key+E.
  7. Navigate to Desktop, Temporary Files, and Downloads folders.
  8. Search for a malicious file that got the system infected.
  9. Right-click the threat’s launcher and press Delete.
  10. Navigate to:
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  11. Look for a file named HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt.
  12. Right-click files called HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt and press Delete.
  13. Close the File Explorer.
  14. Change your Desktop image.
  15. Empty the Recycle bin.
  16. Restart the system.

In non-techie terms:

Cerbersyslock Ransomware might cause a lot of trouble for anyone who does not back up important files located on the computer because once the system gets infected with this malicious program; most of the data become unusable and the best way to recover it is to replace enciphered files with copies. Naturally, the malware’s creators might claim otherwise since by encrypting their victims’ files they expect to be able to extort some money from them. As we explained earlier, dealing with these peoples would be extremely risky, and if you do not want to waste your savings, we advise you to erase the threat and then recover the locked files by replacing them with undamaged copies located on cloud storage, flash drives, and so on. To help you get rid of the malicious program quicker we placed a removal guide available a bit above this paragraph.