Cerber Ransomware File Recovery: How to Recover Encrypted or Deleted Files by Virus?

Cerber ransomware encrypts or deletes your files? Find the solutions to recover deleted/encrypted/hidden files by cerber virus.


By Lora / Updated on April 2, 2024

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What is cerber ransomware?

Cerber ransomware is a kind of malware that is designed to encrypt specific files using the ARS encryption method in exchange for a ransom payment. It enters the computer system and locks a large number of files. The virus will change file extensions. Each encrypted file gets a .cerber extension.

After that, cerber virus will ask for money before restoring or decrypting .cerber files. It is frequently claimed that the payment must be made within a specific time, otherwise, the ransom amount will be doubled. There are some useful tips when you encounter cerber ransomware.

Do not pay the ransom and remove infected parts from the network as soon as possible.
Perform a system restore to go back to the previous state.
Use antivirus to scan the computer.
Decrypt cerber files with cerber decryptor software.

How to remove cerber ransomware with cerber decryptor tool?

Cerber decryptor is the slayer of the cerber ransomware. There are kinds of cerber decryptor online, such as Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor, Kaspersky NoRansom, AVG Free Ransomware Decryption, McAfee Anti-Malware Tools, etc. You can choose one according to your needs. Here takes Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor as an example to see how to remove cerber ransomware.

Step 1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode with internet access. Go to Trend Micro official site to download and install Ransomware Decryptor.

Step 2. Select the ransomware family, like cerber.

Step 3. Click the select and Decrypt button to remove cerber ransomware.


How to recover encrypted/deleted cerber files?

When a virus attacks a computer, all of the files on the hard drives may be affected. These files will also be treated as viruses by antivirus software. Therefore, be careful when using antivirus software if the cerber files are important. If you used Windows restoring point before, you can restore the previous versions of infected files and folders. Or you can use cerber decryptor software to decrypt cerber files directly.

Method 1. Restore previous versions of files

If you have created a restore point before the virus attack, you can try to restore previous versions of files or the Windows system to go back to the previous clean state. Windows previous versions require users to enable File History or create restore points. It can be an effective method to recover cerber files. Follow the steps below to restore files encrypted by the cerber virus. If you don’t have available backup files to restore, you can check the other methods to recover cerber files.

Step 1. Locate the infected files or folders on your computer.

Step 2. Right-click files or folders and select “Restore Previous Versions”.

Step 3. Then you can see different versions of files by date modified. You can choose the version you want to recover and click “Restore” or “Restore To” to save the recovered files.


Method 2. Restore cerber files via System Restore

If there is an available restore point, you can restore the Windows system entirely to remove cerber ransomware and recover cerber files. Check the detailed steps to recover encrypted files and the affected operating system.

Step 1. Type “create a restore point” in the Search bar and open it.


Step 2. Click “System Restore” > “Next”.


Step 3. Choose a restore point and click “Scan for affected programs” to see which programs will be cleared out after system restore.


Step 4. Click “Finish” > “Next”. Confirm “Yes” to start restoring process. Once the system restoring process starts, it can’t stop.


Method 3. Recover deleted files affected by cerber ransomware

Cerber malware makes copies of your files before encrypting them. During the process, all files are deleted. You can utilize any file recovery software in such cases. Especially you don’t have any available backup files.

There are kinds of file recovery programs in the market. But MyRecover is highly recommended to restore deleted or lost files from internal/external hard drives, USB drives, SD cards, etc. It can save your data in different data loss scenarios, such as accidental deletion, disk formatting recovery, recycle bin recovery, virus attact, etc.

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Step 1. Hover the mouse over the partition where the deleted files are saved before. And click Scan.


Step 2. Then the software will start the scanning process automatically. You can recover the deleted files directly if you find them in the scanning result during scanning.


Step 3. When the scanning process completes, select the files that you want to recover and click “Recover xx files” to save them to where you want.



Cerber ransomware is one of the most dangerous malware. You can use ransomware decryptor software to remove cerber ransomware and recover cerber files with available restore points and previous versions. Otherwise, you can use the reliable data recovery software-MyRecover to restore deleted or lost files caused by cerber ransomware.

To avoid being attacked by cerber ransomware in the future, you’d better use an effective anti-virus program to protect your computers and make a regular backup of vital files with the backup freeware-AOMEI Backupper.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.