Trojan horses are one of those malware types that have been around forever and don’t seem like they are going anywhere anytime soon. Millions of new variants are released every year and users get infected on a daily basis, most of the time without even realizing it. This is one of the Trojans’ secret weapons – stealth. They can go unnoticed for weeks, months or even years at a time on the infected machine. And today’s article is dedicated to one of the most recent variants of this malware type – Adylkuzz Virus. It’s been reported to us several times now by users, who have found themselves at the mercy of this virus and were desperately seeking for a way to have it removed once and for all. Well, luckily we have just the thing for you. Below this article you will find a detailed removal guide, which will help you locate and delete this Trojan from your PC once and for all. But keep reading, because some of the information here may prove very useful to you in the future.
What Trojans do and how they travel
Trojans like Adylkuzz Virus can be used for a wide variety of different malicious tasks. This is partly what makes them as dangerous as they are and is largely why they are so hugely popular with hackers. Did you know that over 70% of all malware infections are actually caused solely by Trojan horse viruses? Well, now you do and you can get a better picture of just how commonplace these infections are. As for the potential usages of Adylkuzz Virus and other viruses in this category, we’ve outlined those we know to be most common:
- Trojans are very often used to destroy files on the infected computer. This can be done for separate pieces of data, or your entire PC can be wiped clean of anything that was ever stored on it. This is typically done by means of formatting all its disks and drives. The reason why someone would want you to loose valuable digital information can also be very different, ranging from personal grudges, to professional competition and beyond.
- Perhaps even a more common usage for programs like Adylkuzz Virus, the hackers could be exploiting them to gain access to different private or sensitive information. For example, it’s not uncommon, especially nowadays, for Trojans to pretend to be other websites and completely hijack your traffic and redirect it to the hackers’ servers. That way they can gain access to anything you think you’re typing in to a legitimate and trustworthy online store, for example. This means they can potentially gain access to your personal and financial details. As a result, they can easily steal money from you or even hijack your identity for whatever other criminal purpose they may have in mind.
- Spying is another fairly common usage for Trojans like Adylkuzz Virus. They can employ the malware to hack into your webcam and tap your microphone to both see and listen in on you. Furthermore, with the help of techniques known as keystroke logging they can even monitor and record everything you type with the help of your keyboard.
- Botnets/resource exploitation. Alternatively, Trojan horse viruses can also be used to create botnets for the purpose of spreading spam or other malware. You’d be surprised to know, but an estimated 15% of all computers in the world are actually involved in botnets. And their owners may very well be completely unaware of it. Another possibility involves using your computer’s resources for cryptocurrency mining, like Bitcoins, for example.
This is only a handful of the possible usages of Adylkuzz Virus and others like it. As for the distribution of the viruses themselves, they usually find their way into the victim’s system through various social engineering tactics that trick users into downloading them. For example, spam emails are just as popular as ever and users still continue to trust unexpected messages and blindly open their attachments, where the virus is typically embedded. These messages could also be sent to you via social media and other similar messaging platforms. Also, infected torrents and other content that is available for download from different shady and obscure websites are also common sources of infection.
Adylkuzz Virus 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.
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.