If you happen to have discovered a virus by the name of Scgeneric4.bpwa Trojan on your computer, you have been infected by a Trojan horse. You’ve probably heard the term before, as this is quite easily the most frequently encountered malware group in existence.
However, it’s also among the most danger, so it’s important that you stick around and carefully read the below information, so as to gain a firmer understanding of the type of threat you’re dealing with. We will try to cover all the possible damage Scgeneric4.bpwa Trojan is capable of inflicting, as well as its most common distribution methods, so you know how to avoid it from now on. In addition, we also provide you with a detailed step-by-step removal guide, designed to show you how to remove this Trojan from your system, along with all its traces.
What Scgeneric4.bpwa might be doing on your computer
One of the primary weapons of Trojan horse viruses is their versatility, after which comes their stealth. They can be used for a very wide range of different malicious tasks, and there’s no telling what a certain virus of this type might be up to, until you find out the hard way. Besides that, this malware category has mastered stealth to the point where it has no rivals. Trojans have been known to go undetected, buried deep inside the victim’s system and operating from them, for months and even for years. So, it’s a really good thing you were able to find Scgeneric4.bpwa on your machine. Let’s just hope it hasn’t been able to cause too much harm yet. Here are some of the most common things Trojans can be exploited by hackers and cybercriminals for:
- These viruses work particularly well as thieves. They can be used as a means of stealing valuable information from your computer and in different ways, too. For example, they can simply copy some important files from your system and transfer them to the hackers. Or they can just easily redirect your entire traffic to them, whereas you will be thinking you are the only one who can see what financial details, passwords and logins, etc. you will be typing into your computer.
- Another fairly common usage is destruction of data. It may so happen that you are the bearer of sensitive information on your system and someone wants it gone. Or you may just as well have ended up being someone’s guinea pig. Either way, separate files can easily be deleted from your machine, or it can be wiped clean entirely and even crashed.
- You might also find yourself being spied on and it is exactly as creepy as it sounds. The cybercriminals on the other side of the screen can be watching you through your webcam, listening in on you through your mic and watching everything you see on your monitor – all with the help of Scgeneric4.bpwa. That may, in turn, lead to other, far more dangerous things, but we won’t get into that now.
- Resource exploitation is also pretty common. The Trojan could be using your computer as a bot and exploiting it to distribute spam, infect other computers with malware or even mine cryptocurrencies for the hackers – all without your knowledge.
So, now with all this information at hand, you can see how important it is that you see to the removal of Scgeneric4.bpwa as soon as possible. As mentioned, you will be able to do so with the help of the guide below. But it’s also no less important that you start taking your system’s safety more seriously from now on. And by that we mean applying basic safety measures so as to prevent future Trojan infections. For example, try to stay away from sketchy and potentially illegal websites – those are a pretty obvious nest for malware. In addition, never download content from suspicious locations like that and stick to reputed sources. What’s more, always be on the lookout for spam emails and other spam messages, especially those containing attachments, as these are still among the most common malware sources. Furthermore, you’d be wise to try and abstain from interacting with online ads and popups of any kind, because you never know which one might be carrying a virus.
Scgeneric4.bpwa Trojan 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.