The File Extensions Database

.CERBER File Extension

  • Category: Encoded Files

What is an .CERBER file?

.CERBER is Cerber Ransomware Encrypted File

A CERBER file is a file encrypted by Cerber ransomware, a virus used by cybercriminals to hijack a user's computer files. It contains a user's personal file, such as a .DOC, .JPG, or .MP3 file, encrypted with AES-265 and RSA methods. CERBER files became popular in 2016 and are similar to .LOCKY and .ZZZZZ files that are created by Locky ransomware.

The Cerber virus is highly dangerous malware. It 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 a trojan horse that is commonly spread through spam emails that include infected attachments or malicious links. Once the virus affects your computer it begins scrambling your files, renaming them, and encrypting them. 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 CERBER files.

You can use the Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor for decrypting CERBER files. However, it is important that you remove the Cerber virus before decrypting the files. You can remove the virus manually or by using antivirus software. Also, if you have a backup of your files you can execute a full system restore.

Common CERBER Filenames

[10 random characters].cerber - This is the appearance of files infected and encrypted by the Cerber virus.

Programs that open Cerber Ransomware Encrypted File
Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor

How to solve problems with CERBER files

  • Associate the CERBER file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CERBER file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CERBER files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CERBER file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .CERBER is Cerber Ransomware Encrypted File. Because only the current version supports the latest CERBER file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .CERBER is Cerber Ransomware Encrypted File update.
  • To make sure that your CERBER file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.