A Trojan horse virus is a highly malicious and dangerous form of software which can lead to a variety of issues with your computer and your virtual security and privacy. Within the current article, we will go over a newly reported Trojan horse that goes under the name of Js/trojandownloader.pegel.bh. Below, you can learn more about the characteristics of viruses such as this one and also how to protect your PC from them. Apart from that, we can also offer you a guide manual where you can find detailed instructions which may help you get rid of the malicious infection in case it has reached your computer. Just be sure to read everything leading up to the removal guide as being well informed with regards to this form of malware is key to keeping your machine safe and secure.
What can a Trojan do?
On big problem with Trojan horse malware is the fact that it can be used for a lot of different forms of illegal cyber activity. These viruses are highly versatile and as long as the harmful program runs on the computer under Administrator Rights, the hackers behind the attack would have the ability to do whatever they want with the invaded machine. Here are several examples of what you can expect if a Trojan infection makes it inside your PC system:
- First and foremost, your machine might cease to function normally or might even become utterly unusable depending on the severity of the damage that the malware piece has inflicted. Oftentimes when a Trojan attacks, the computer would start experiencing Blue Screen (BSOD) crashes, frequent errors and freezes and other similar issues which make it difficult to use the machine.
- Another particularly insidious use of some Trojans is when the virus is employed for espionage purposes. This is a very common practice and it can be highly detrimental to the targeted user. There are a number of espionage methods that could be implemented, some of which are keystroke logging, monitoring of the computer screen as well as taking control over the personal webcam of the customer and using that to stalk on whoever’s using the computer.
- Some Trojans are also capable of taking control over the infected machine and forcing it to carry out tasks which benefit the attacker. For example, oftentimes hackers use infected PCs for bitcoin mining or in other instances, the machine could be tasked with the distribution of spam messages in order to further spread the malware.
- One more rather common use of Trojans is as backdoor for other viruses. Once a virus like Js/trojandownloader.pegel.bh gets inside the user’s computer system, it would automatically download some other piece of malicious software – for example, a Ransomware virus.
Here, we must mention that the examples above are only some of the main uses of a typical Trojan. There are also many more ways in which such a piece of malware virus can be employed, so bear that in mind.
Can a Trojan be detected?
It is oftentimes rather difficult to notice a Trojan infection as these viruses are notorious for their stealthiness and lack of any substantial symptoms. Normally, the best way to detect such an invasion is by having a fully-updated, high-quality antivirus program specialized at detecting this sort of high-risk threats. That said, it is still of utmost importance to keep an eye out for any unusual PC behavior which might indicate an infection. For example, If your PC is frequently crashing to the dreaded Blue Screen or there are a lot of errors and an overall system slow-down, you might want to have your system examined as there might indeed be some sort of virus in it.
Ways to keep Trojans away from your computer
Online security is by far the most important factor when talking about fending off any form of potential malware infections. If you want to ensure that Js/trojandownloader.pegel.bh doesn’t land on your computer in the days to come, you ought to make sure that nothing of what you do on the Internet has the potential to expose your system to malware risks. This means that any sort of websites and webpages which could represent a potential threat ought to be avoided. The same applies to any e-mails and other sorts of online messages that look shade and could be spam. Additionally, be sure to avoid any interaction with browser ads, banners or offers that seem unreliable and that you think might be a ruse. Also, as we already mentioned, having a good anti-malware tool and keeping it fully updated can also greatly improve the security and safety of your PC system.
Js/trojandownloader.pegel.bh Trojan Removal
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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.