Published May 25, 2016 | Updated Jan 10, 2018

Ransom:Win32/Cerber.HVT

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

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Summary

Windows Defender  detects and removes this threat.

This can stop you from using your PC or accessing your data. It might ask you to pay money to a malicious hacker. See our family description .ransomwareWin32/Cerber

Our  page has more information on this type of threat.ransomware FAQ

The trend towards increasingly sophisticated malware behavior, highlighted by the use of exploits and other attack vectors, makes older platforms so much more susceptible to ransomware attacks. From June to November 2017, Windows 7 devices were 3.4 times more likely to encounter ransomware compared to Windows 10 devices.

Read our latest report: .A worthy upgrade: Next-gen security on Windows 10 proves resilient against ransomware outbreaks in 2017

There is no one-size-fits-all response if you have been victimized by ransomware. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will give you access to your files.

If you've already paid, see  for help on what to do now.ransomware page

Use the following free software to detect and remove this threat:Microsoft

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware.

To restore your PC, you might need to . See our  for more help.download and run Windows Defender Offlineadvanced troubleshooting page

You can also ask for help from other PC users at the .Microsoft virus and malware community

If you’re using , see our .Windows XPWindows XP end of support page

Use cloud protection to help guard against the latest malware threats. It’s turned on by default for Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender for Windows 10. 

To check if it's running, go to > > and make sure that your settings is turned .All settingsUpdate & securityWindows DefenderCloud-based ProtectionOn

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