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What is Wildfire File Locker Virus?

Wildfire File Locker Virus, also known as Cerber Ransomware, is a malicious program that aims at extorting money from you. It infiltrates your computer and starts corrupting your files right away. Once it is done, you can no longer access your data. This is when the threat presents you with a solution: all you need to do is purchase the decryption key that can supposedly help you restore access to your files. Needless to say, you cannot trust the cyber criminals. We suggest that you get rid of Wildfire File Locker Virus without hesitation and recover your data in a different way.

WildFire Locker Virus File

How does Wildfire File Locker Virus work?

Wildfire File Locker uses different tricks to infiltrate computer systems. It may be sent to you as a malicious attachment in an email or a corrupted link in an instant message. You may also get infected by visiting a hacked website or clicking on a fake advert. As soon as the malware gets installed, it starts encrypting your photos, documents, archives, music, videos, and other important data. It uses the AES-256 encryption algorithm and adds the “.Wildfire” or “.cerber” extension to all files that it corrupts. These files are also renamed, which makes it hard to distinguish them from one another.

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Wildfire Locker Virus

After the parasite is done encrypting your data, it creates three files named “#DECRYPT MY FILES#” in txt, html, and vbs formats. These files contain the ransom note. The note explains what has happened to your files and demand that you pay the so-called ransom, if you want to get them back. It also presents you with a link to the payment page. We advise strongly against paying the cyber crooks off. There is no need for you to risk your money, because you can recover your data for free. Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor tool has been known to help users restore files encrypted by Cerber. Make sure that you not only decrypt your data, but also eliminate Wildfire File Locker Virus from your PC completely.

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How to remove Wildfire File Locker Virus?

There is no question that you should terminate Wildfire File Locker Virus as soon as you can. The only sure and safe way to delete Wildfire File Locker Virus from your system is by making use of a reputable anti-malware utility. The security tool presented on our page can help you remove Wildfire File Locker Virus and other threats that may be present in your system. It will scan your computer and detect all malign components. The software will not only eliminate Wildfire File Locker Virus from your PC, but also ensure its safety in the future by providing you with online protection in real time.

Learn how to remove Wildfire File Locker Virus from your computer

Step 1. Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus using Safe Mode with Networking.

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking win-xp-safe-mode Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win-10-boot-menu Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus

b) Step 2. Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus.

You will now need to open your browser and download some kind of anti-malware software. Choose a trustworthy one, install it and have it scan your computer for malicious threats. When the ransomware is found, remove it. If, for some reason, you can't access Safe Mode with Networking, go with another option.

Step 2. Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus using System Restore

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-xp-safe-mode Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-10-boot-menu Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus

b) Step 2. Restore files and settings.

  1. You will need to type in cd restore in the window that appears. Press Enter.
  2. Type in rstrui.exe and again, press Enter. command-promt-restore Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  3. A window will pop-up and you should press Next. Choose a restore point and press Next again. windows-restore-point Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  4. Press Yes.
While this should have taken care of the ransomware, you might want to download anti-malware just to be sure no other threats are lurking.  

Step 3. Recover your data

While backup is essential, there is still quite a few users who do not have it. If you are one of them, you can try the below provided methods and you just might be able to recover files.

a) Using Data Recovery Pro to recover encrypted files.

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro, preferably from a trustworthy website.
  2. Scan your device for recoverable files. data-recovery-pro Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  3. Recover them.

b) Restore files through Windows Previous Versions

If you had System Restore enabled, you can recover files through Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find a file you want to recover.
  2. Right-click on it.
  3. Select Properties and then Previous versions. windows-previous-version Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  4. Pick the version of the file you want to recover and press Restore.

c) Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete your shadow copies. They are made by your system automatically for when system crashes.
  1. Go to the official website (shadowexplorer.com) and acquire the Shadow Explorer application.
  2. Set up and open it.
  3. Press on the drop down menu and pick the disk you want. shadow-explorer Remove Wildfire File Locker Virus
  4. If folders are recoverable, they will appear there. Press on the folder and then Export.
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