.CERBER2 File Extension
Cerber2 Ransomware Encrypted File
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What is a CERBER2 file?
A CERBER2 file is a file encrypted by Cerber2 ransomware, a virus utilized by cybercriminals to hijack a user's computer files. It contains a file from a computer infected by the Cerber2 virus, such as a .DOCX, .PDF, or .WMV file. CERBER2 files are encrypted with AES-265 and RSA methods.
CERBER2 files are similar to .CERBER files but are created by the Cerber2 virus. Cerber2 is a variant of the first version of the Cerber virus and encrypts files differently than the Cerber virus to make it difficult for users to decrypt infected files. CERBER2 files became prevalent in 2016 and are similar to .LOCKY and .ZZZZZ files that are created by Locky ransomware.
Cerber2 is dangerous malware that is often referred to as ransomware, where the purpose of the virus is to take your files hostage and force you to pay bitcoins to the perpetrator in order to decrypt your files. The virus is commonly spread through email spam that includes infected attachments or malicious links. Once the virus affects your computer it begins scrambling your files, renaming them with random characters, and encrypting them as CERBER2 files.
When encrypting your files, the virus creates .TXT, .HTML, and .VBS files that contain instructions for paying the criminals. These files are placed in each folder that contains CERBER2 files.
Common CERBER2 Filenames
[10 random characters].cerber2 - This is the appearance of files infected and encrypted by the Cerber2 virus.
How to open a CERBER2 file
There is no known program that can restore CERBER2 files to their original state. The best options for restoring your files are to retrieve a copy of them from a recent backup or to perform a full System Restore.
FileInfo.com recommends you never pay a ransom to decrypt files encrypted by ransomware. Paying a ransom encourages ransomware distributors to continue their efforts, and there is no guarantee that paying a ransom will give you access to your files. Instead, you should restore your data from a recent backup created before the ransomware infected your computer.