Every user, which is facing a Trojan Horse infection, should know the risks that this malware poses to their computer. The malicious Trojan Horse software category contains very sophisticated and harmful programs, which are capable of performing all sorts of cyber crimes. From system corruption, destruction of important files, software modifications, theft of passwords and banking credentials, espionage and even insertion of Ransomware and other nasty viruses – all this is can be achieved by Trojan Horse infections.
A recently reported representative of this malware category which is lurking in the web space is the “Programmer who cracked your email” infection. This Trojan-based malware has been recently detected to infect users’ PCs via email spam campaigns and malicious links and attachments. However, its transmitters are not limited to only these ones. The nasty threat could also be encountered in illegal websites, infected installers, torrents, legitimate-looking update requests and add-ons as well as in intriguing ads and offers.
If you have had the misfortune of coming across “Programmer who cracked your email”, then you should know that its attack could be highly problematic and could lead to irreparable damage for your system and exposure to more threats. That’s why we need to stress on the importance of taking immediate actions towards removing the Trojan and preventing it from damaging your system and data any further. For this, we have prepared a detailed removal guide with instructions on how to detect and remove “Programmer who cracked your email”. The guide contains manual steps as well as a powerful automatic removal tool for a full system scan. We strongly recommend that you use them together in order to effectively get rid of the nasty infection and clean your PC without any risk.
How can “Programmer who cracked your email” damage your machine?
As a typical Trojan, “Programmer who cracked your email” is a very sneaky computer infection. It normally finds its way inside people’s computers when they click on infected transmitters, sketchy spam messages and on their harmful attachments as well as when they go to illegal websites and download pirated content or compromised software installers. Staying away from those is not always easy because most of the malware carriers may look harmless or legitimate, which helps the hackers to trick the unsuspecting users into interacting with the malware source. The good news is that, if you try to stick to reputed web locations and avoid obscure or illegal sites and their contents, you have a better chance of keeping your PC safe from Trojans. Of course, this is not enough to provide full protection against the stealthy malware and the presence of reliable antivirus software is a must if you want to catch and remove the hidden threats on time.
If the Trojan has not been removed, it can secretly perform a bunch of criminal tasks and lead to unpredictable and sometimes irreparable problems. For instance, it could delete important system files, mess with the settings of the OS and modify its Registry, creating general instability and system errors. It may also be capable of spying on your activities and stealing your passwords, login credentials and banking details. Some Trojans may also provide their creators with complete unauthorized access to the infected computer and might have the ability to insert other viruses such as Ransomware, Rootkits and cryptocurrency mining tools inside the PC without the victim’s knowledge.
Remove “Programmer who cracked your email”
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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.