Ransom.Cerber is a ransomware application that uses a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) model where affiliates purchase and then subsequently spread the malware. Commissions are paid to the developers for the use of the malware. Ransom.Cerber uses strong encryption, and there are currently no free decryptors available.
Ransom.Cerber may run silently in the background during the encryption phase and not provide any indication of infection to the user. Ransom.Cerber may prevent the execution of Antivirus programs and other Microsoft Windows security features and may prevent system restoration as a means to solicit payment. Ransom.Cerber may display a warning after successful encryption of the victim machine.
Cerber.Ransomware may be distributed using various methods. This software may be packaged with free online software, or could be disguised as a harmless program and distributed by email. Alternatively, this software may be installed by websites using software vulnerabilities. Infections that occur in this manner are usually silent and happen without user knowledge or consent.
Systems affected by ransomware are rendered unusable due to files that are typically used for regular operations being encrypted.
Affected users who choose to pay the threat actors behind ransomware campaigns in exchange for access to data may find that they don’t get their files back. There is also no sure way to know that threat actors will honor their end of the deal after paying the ransom.
Affected users who chose to pay the threat actors may also find themselves likely targets for future ransomware campaigns.
Data held hostage that wasn’t given back to users or deleted after the ransom has been paid can be used by threat actors either to (a) sell on the black market or (b) create a profile of the user they can use for fraud.
Malwarebytes protects users from the installation of Ransom.Cerber.
Malwarebytes can detect and block Ransom.Cerber without further user interaction.
Take note, however, that removing this ransomware does not decrypt your files. You can only get your files back from backups you made before the infection happened.