As you are likely already aware of that, Trojan Horses are one of the most devastating types of malware that you can stumble upon. Even though technically those malicious programs aren’t exactly viruses since they normally do not try to replicate, for the sake of convenience, we will refer to them as such. Within the next few paragraphs, we will do our best to introduce you to one particular Trojan Horse program that was recently released. The name of the malicious piece of software is Trojan.inject.bed and down below you will learn more about its primary characteristics as well as what you’d need to do in order to stop it from infecting your PC.
In case Trojan.inject.bed is already on your PC
Since there’s high likelihood that a lot of the people who are reading this article have already had the misfortune of landing Trojan.inject.bed on their PCs, we have also made sure to provide our readers with a simple, yet effective removal guide for this nasty virus. Simply refer to the instructions below if you need to get rid of this Trojan and follow them so as to eliminate the noxious threat. If you aren’t sure about something related to the guide, make sure to ask us whatever you want to know within the comments below – we highly appreciate and value the communication with the our visitors. Now, without further ado, let’s focus on the most important aspects of the malicious Trojan.inject.bed Trojan Horse program.
Trojans have a lot of uses!
Something important to be pointed out when talking about this particular malware category is that there are a lot of potential ways in which those viruses can be utilized. Normally, the user is tricked into running the malware’s file on their PC thinking that it is a legitimate and a harmless piece of software. Once the Trojan’s file gets run with Administrator rights, the hacker who is orchestrating the attack would have access to a lot of the infected computer’s settings which would allow them to execute a variety of malicious and illegal tasks through their Trojan Horse virus. Here, we will provide you with a couple of examples of how noxious programs like Trojan.inject.bed might get used but bear in mind that this won’t be an exhaustive list of all the potential uses of Trojans.
- Trojans can be employed as backdoor viruses in order to download other malware onto the infected PC. For instance, it is very common for a Trojan Horse to load a Ransomware virus inside the targeted computer. A Ransomware is another highly-problematic form of malware that is known for encrypting user data and demanding a ransom payment if the user wishes to have their personal file documents unsealed/decrypted.
- Some Trojans adopt a more hands-on approach by targeting important system data files and deleting/corrupting them. This can lead to severe system damage on the PC and cause errors, freezes and Blue Screen (BSOD) crashes to name a few. The longer the malware remains on the PC, the more severe the potential damage that it might cause to it.
- A lot of Trojans have a whole botnet of infected PCs that are controlled by the hacker and forced to carry out large-scale tasks such as mass cryptocurrency mining or distribution of spam messages to further increase the number of infected machines.
- One other thing some viruses of this kind might be capable of is gathering personal data from the user and even spying on them. A number of different methods are employed here – collection of telemetry data, keylogging, taking screenshots of the user’s screen and sending them to the hacker as well as taking over the computer’s webcam and using it to stalk on the malware’s victim.
Detection and prevention
When it comes to detecting Trojans, the best shot that you got is having a reliable antivirus software. Otherwise, it is highly likely that you won’t be able to manually spot such a virus. BSOD crashes, errors, system slow-down or any other unusual PC behavior might indicate a Trojan Horse attack but those are situational symptoms that aren’t always present. Therefore, make sure that you got a good security program to back you up.
In terms of future protection against malware viruses of this or of any other type, you need to make sure that you stay away from anything on the Internet that can potentially put your system at risk. This means that you mustn’t visit sites or open web ads/offers that seem shady and that could potentially redirect you to malicious addresses. Also, only trust software developers that provide high-quality products and never download unknown programs that nobody has ever heard about. Additionally, be on your guard and look out for spam messages/e-mails as those are a favorite method that hackers use to further spread their noxious programs. All in all, use your common sense at all times or else, you might end up having your machine attacked by some nasty and harmful program such as Trojan.inject.bed which is surely something that you’d rather avoid.
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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.