Updated: Cerber 5.0.1 Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

Malware researchers have spotted a new strain of the Cerber ransomware which bears the name Cerber 5.0.1 ransomware. The threat is under an active investigation.

Cerber 5.0.1

File Extensions
Randomly generated


Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove Cerber 5.0.1 with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
Cerber 5.0.1 ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

Cerber 5.0.1 Ransomware Description

The Cerber 5.0.1 ransomware is currently under an active security investigation. Currently we do not have much information about the threat but as this is a new update of the Cerber 5 strain we assume that there are no major differences.

The virus follows the typical behavior that is used by the Cerber malware family – it encrypts target user files extensions which are encrypted by the AES cipher. A ransomware mesage is then crafted in various locations across the infected hosts which extorts the victims for a rasnomware payment to restore their files. The note reads the following:

Your documents, photos, databases and other important files
have been encrypted by “Cerber Ransomware 5.0.1”!

If you understand all importance of the situation
then we propose to you to go directly to your personal page
where you will receive the complete instructions
and guarantees to restore your files.

There is a list of temporary addresses
to go on your personal page below:



http://ftoxmpdipwobp4qy.onion/2717-8A93-0091-BC1E (TOR)


Cerber 5.0.1 Ransomware Distribution

We assume that this virus is also spread using the RIG exploit kit and all other popular distribution methods – spam email campaigns, other exploit kits, browser hijackers, payload downloaders and etc.

Technical Details About the Active Cerber 5.0.1 Ransomware

It has been confirmed that the virus also deletes the Windows Volume Shadow Copies of the compromised hosts.

The server contacts about 1090 other hosts and two control domains. This gives an indication that the criminal operators have managed to create an extensive network of infected computers and control servers. The remote servers host other malicious payloads as well which makes the Cerber 5.0.1 very dangerous to potential victims as they may be hit with multiple threats in the same time.

The Cerber 5.0.1 ransomware crafts multiple files which are executed and then deleted to remove any traces of it. Other dangerous behaviour includes the manipulation of browsers (proxy settings modifications) and various privilege elevations.

How Can I Protect Myself Against Cerber 5.0.1 Ransomware

The Internet is filled with ransomware threats such as Cerber 5.0.1 virus. You can take the following step for further protection:

  • Avoid visiting shady websites that include pirated content, pornography, or excessive ads
  • Don’t download archive attachments from unknown sources in your email
  • Don’t register into shady websites. That increases the chance of our email address being added to a botnet that spreads viruses.

As always, prevention is the best remedy. If you don’t want to get the Cerber 5.0.1 virus, you should download an anti-malware tool.

Cerber 5.0.1 Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Cerber 5.0.1 completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R


    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option


    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely Cerber 5.0.1 Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Cerber 5.0.1 requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Cerber 5.0.1 ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar


      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps


STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.

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