The File Extensions Database


.CERBER2 File Extension

  • Category: Encoded Files

What is an .CERBER2 file?

.CERBER2 is Cerber2 Ransomware Encrypted 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.

If you backup your files you can execute a full system restore. Otherwise, the only known way to decrypt your infected files is to pay the perpetrator for the private key and decrypt program.

Common CERBER2 Filenames

[10 random characters].cerber2 - This is the appearance of files infected and encrypted by the Cerber2 virus.

How to solve problems with CERBER2 files

  • Associate the CERBER2 file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CERBER2 file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CERBER2 files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CERBER2 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 .CERBER2 is Cerber2 Ransomware Encrypted File. Because only the current version supports the latest CERBER2 file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .CERBER2 is Cerber2 Ransomware Encrypted File update.
  • To make sure that your CERBER2 file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.