Trojan Horse

Fakeav.auqd Trojan Removal

The infections caused by the malware versions famous under the common name Trojans are extremely dangerous and cunning. This type of contamination usually goes unnoticed and the user finds out about them only following the virus’ completion of  its mission. The kind of malware we are talking about here is exactly a representative of the Trojans – Fakeav.auqd.

Why is Fakeav.auqd considered a Trojan?

Fakeav.auqd is a simple example of a standard Trojan horse virus. It can enter your device and neither your knowledge, nor your approval are really necessary. Following that, the virus might have various and numerous purposes but it tends to remain out of the spotlight before accomplishing its evil, in most of the cases, mission. That’s why this malware category has got the name of the infamous Greek horse that tricked the Trojans into believing it is just an impressive, but totally harmless present. After that, when no one was watching and nothing bad was expected, this wooden horse showed its real face and resulted in the loss of the war for the city of Troy. In a similar way, the majority of the infected device owners have no clue about the contamination before it has already become too late and something really unpleasant has taken place.

How do Trojans spread?

Fakeav.auqd, in its capacity of an exemplary Trojan, could be distributed in a number of possible ways. For instance, it may come as a drive-by download from a malware-containing web page. It might also come bundled with a version of Ransomware through a contagious letter in your email {or any of its attachments – .exe files, archives, images, various documents}. This virus may get around inside torrents or shareware. Oftentimes it may be included in free software that can be downloaded from the World Wide Web. As you can see, there are countless opportunities for such viruses to get spread easily and successfully.

What can such a virus be utilized for?

Various hackers may use Fakeav.auqd in just as many varying ways. In the passages below we have discussed the most common usages. We would like you to remember that these might not be the only possible ones; there could be many more different usages. However, the ones discussed here are the most widely known options and appear to be the case in more than 75% of the recorded infections.

  • File corruption or data destruction: this type of malware can be exploited for the mere purpose of corrupting or destroying some of the files on your device.
  • Distribution of Ransomware viruses: a Trojan may be utilized in the process of distributing other viruses like Ransomware. In such a case this virus can easily find a way to sneak the other malware version inside and let it carry out its normally harmful plan.
  • Crashing your system: this malware may be targeting your entire device and could be programmed to fully crash it. As odd as it sound, oftentimes this annoying activity can take place for purpose of entertaining the hackers.
  • Unauthorized usage of the affected device’s system resources: such a virus may be programmed to turn your PC into a bot and let the hackers use it as a spam-distributing instrument.
  • Installation of various malware: this virus could serve as a malware-installation provider and you might end up having to deal with many viruses because of its activities on your PC.
  • Identity theft: Fakeav.auqd might also function as an information thief. It could have been programmed to copy and send all your private info to its evil creators. In such a way the hackers will receive access to all your accounts and sensitive information, which might result in physical abuse or even identity theft.

How you can remove such a contamination:

Fakeav.auqd can be counteracted via strictly following the instructions in our Removal Guide attached below. They should be clear and efficient enough to save your device from the ongoing infection. In some particular cases, though, the additional assistance of a professional in the field may be needed. You can never know until you try the tips inside our Guide.

How you may prevent your PC from catching Fakeav.auqd in the future:

The wisest thing you can do is to merely ignore all the potential sources of Trojans. You already know that the seriously bothering consequences coming as results from the Trojan activities on your PC. Stay away from the possible sources, avoid the probable trouble. What’s more, it is essential to install and regularly update a decent anti-virus app with great capabilities of detecting and fighting such awful viruses.

Fakeav.auqd Removal

Sidenote: Readers of this guide are advised to bookmark this page or have it opened on another device since it is possible that they will need to close the browser at a some point during the tie they are completing the following steps.

Step 1

The first thing that needs to be done prior to anything else is that you boot your PC into Safe Mode. If you are not sure how to do it, use this link to a guide on how to enter Safe Mode.

Step 2

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager. Go to the Processes section and look for any suspicious-looking processes. Usually, malware processes use high amounts of RAM and CPU and also have shady description (or none at all). Right-click on those processes and select Open File Location. If you are sure that the process is coming from the virus, delete everything in the file location. Also, right-click on the process again and then select End Process.

Step 3

Press Winkey + R and type appwiz.cpl. Press Enter and in the newly opened window look for any shady program installs. Right-click on the suspicious programs and select uninstall. Follow the prompts to uninstall the sketchy application.

Step 4

Open the Run window again (Winkey + R), type msconfig and hit Enter. Go to the Startup section and from the list of programs, uncheck everything that seems shady or has an unknown or suspicious-looking manufacturer. Click on OK. On Windows 10, the startup programs list is in the Task Manager.

Step 5

Open the Start Menu and paste the following line in the search bar: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Click on the first result that gets displayed. A notepad file should open, look at the bottom of the text and see if there are any IP addresses below localhost. Write to us in the comments if you saw anything there.

Step 6

Type regedit in the Run search bar and hit Enter. When the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F, type the name of the virus and select Find Next. If anything gets found, right-click on it and select Delete. Do this for all search results.

Additionally, manually navigate to the following directories and see if they have any folders/keys that look shady (with a lot of random numbers and letters):

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Internet Explorer > Main
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Any other random directory

Delete everything that looks suspicious. If you are not sure whether to delete something, be sure to ask us in the comments.

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