A number of web users have recently been affected by a viral email blackmailing scam that requires of them to send bitcoins to the cryptocurrency wallet of a self-proclaimed hacker. The scam usually uses a threatening message that is supposed to inform its victims that their computer has been secretly compromised by a hidden malware, which has acquired access to their passwords and has also captured supposed embarrassing videos and photos of the user. The crooks behind this blackmailing scam typically try to scare the victims that if they don’t pay a certain amount of money as a ransom, they intend to send the embarrassing data to all of the victim’s contacts or to publish it online or use their passwords and usernames to different sites for various nefarious activities. Threats may vary from email to email but the overall scheme stays the same. If you have received a similar message, then you are likely yet another victim of this scam. Before you do anything rash, though, what you should know is that you should not trust such blackmailing email messages and should not send money to anyone. If you are worried there’s malware on your PC, scan the computer with a good antivirus tool. On this page, there is a dedicated malware removal tool which does a good job at detecting hidden malware so you can use that if you currently don’t have a security program.
Sometimes, a malware program may indeed manage to sneak inside the system without necessarily showing any visible symptoms. In fact, nasty threats like “Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296” (a new Trojan Horse infection), which don’t show any indications of their presence. Therefore, we have written a guide with a list of steps to help you check your computer for “Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296” and remove anything that might be related to the threat so that you can be certain that your PC is safe.
How can “Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296” get you infected and what damage it may cause?
Less experienced and careless web users may easily get infected with a Trojan like “Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296” in a number of ways. From clicking on spam emails and malicious email attachments to downloading infected files and installing compromised software and shady updates or add-ons. However, even if you are the most careful person on the web, it’s still possible to come across an infected transmitter because the Trojans can resemble completely legitimate-looking and harmless types of web content. Sadly, you likely won’t notice any visible symptoms during the infection, but this doesn’t mean that nothing will happen to your PC. A sophisticated malware such as “Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296” can not only hide deep in the system but could also launch a bunch of harmful activities. If not removed on time, it can steal sensitive information and passwords from you, spy on you through your webcam and mic, damage your files and software or even load Ransomware, Rootkits and other nasty viruses on your system.
Remove “Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296” Email
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.