If some strange malfunction has recently happened with your computer and you have a suspicion of a virus infection called Cloudnet Virus , the next lines are all dedicated to this malware. Unfortunately, Cloudnet Virus is not just a regular virus, but a very dangerous Trojan horse, which needs to be removed immediately from your system. In the paragraphs that follow, we will show you how to properly detect and delete all the traces of the infection without the need for expensive professional help, but for that, you need to carefully read the information below and strictly follow the instructions. If not properly removed, this virus can cause many problems on your entire computer. Therefore, we recommend that you focus on what we have published in this article, and carefully familiarize yourself with all the Trojan specifics.
How dangerous can a virus be and what can be done in a case of an infection?
Viruses are basically pieces of software, designed to harm users and serve the needs of their criminal creators. Their malicious abilities are virtually unlimited, as these harmful infections can be programmed to commit various criminal actions. Typically, each Trojan-based script, has a “mission” that it’s programmed for, and when it enters the system, it quietly starts executing it. Online fraud and theft are the most common usages of malware like Cloudnet Virus . Such Trojan may easily provide unauthorized access to the victim’s computer, and with its help, the hackers can establish full remote control over the infected machine. Basically, the crooks can delete, replace, corrupt, move, and modify all the software and data, that can be found inside the system. What is more, they can secretly install other malware such as viruses, different Spyware scripts or the recently popular Ransomware threats. Without your consent, they can also turn your computer into a Bot and use it to spread spam and targeted malware attacks to other systems in the network. Every computer expert will tell you that due to all of its dreadful abilities and harmful consequences for the users, the virus infection should be immediately removed the moment it has been detected because keeping it longer may lead to irreparable damages. One thing to note about the Cloudnet virus is that it also tends to hijack the user’s browser – it would mess with the browser’s settings and enforce the changes so that even if you try to revert them, there will be no use to that – the malware would simply bring the changes back. Therefore, removing the shady piece of software seems to be the only reliable method for both regaining control over your Chrome, IE, Firefox) or whatever other browser you use) and also for keeping your system and virtual safety well protected.
Update: According to additional information that we have come across, apparently, the main function of Cloudnet is to earn money via a number of intrusive advertising methods. As it hijacks the user’s browser, the program is able to push different ads and other forms of promotional materials. It is highly inadvisable for users to interact with the displayed ads as they might serve as redirects to shady and unreliable websites that might further compromise the PC’s security. Until the malware is removed, be sure to avoid clicking on anything that could be coming from it. Also, bear in mind that it’s possible that this program gathers telemetry data from your browser for targeted advertising – yet another reason to make sure that it gets removed from your PC ASAP.
What should you avoid in order to minimize the chance of a close encounter with Cloudnet Virus ?
Threats like this can not only cause various types of harm, but they can camouflage and lurk in almost any type of web content you could think of. The hackers love this special ability of the viruses and don’t miss the chance to insert them into fake ads, some intriguing email messages and their attachments (PDF files, .exe files, and archives), torrents, different free installers, links or social media shares. It is very difficult to distinguish the infected content from normal, non-harmful one because usually, the malware resembles some absolutely legitimate and harmless looking type of content that the users interact with on a daily basis. This way, the users get tricked into clicking or interacting with the virus and get infected, without having a clue about it. The worst is that the virus infection usually has no visible symptoms or signs that could attract attention. Only proper antivirus software can detect it and alarm you, otherwise, most of the victims come to know about Cloudnet Virus only after numerous malfunctions have already happened to their system.
One other thing to remember is to never install new software before having checked for added installs. It is advisable that you always use the advanced/custom installation so that you will be able to see and leave out/remove any potentially hazardous optional installs.
How to ensure reliable protection of your PC from Cloudnet Virus and other Trojans?
More than 70% of the malicious infections that occur online are due to Trojan horses like Cloudnet Virus . These threats often serve as backdoors for other malicious software to get into the system and are often seen in combo with Ransomware and other viruses. According to leading security experts, ever since they first appeared, viruses were and still are one of the most problematic types of computer threats. How can you protect your PC from them? Well, some of the best ways to keep your system safe from such threats are to install a reliable antivirus program. For maximum effectiveness in catching the newest threats, it is very important that you regularly update its virus definitions. But you should not rely on that software only. Make sure you don’t risk your safety by clicking on sketchy links, spam emails, and attachments, pop-ups, or some shady sites with a questionable reputation.
To safely remove Cloudnet Virus , we will advise you to carefully follow the instructions, published in the removal guide below. Once you detect the files that you think are malicious, make sure that they are the right ones because the Trojan is very tricky and can camouflage as some vital system file. It is ultimately possible for you to remove a real system file by mistake and this may cause serious issues to your OS. To eliminate this possibility, we suggest you run a thorough scan with the specialized Cloudnet Virus removal tool, just in case.
How to Uninstall Cloudnet Virus
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.