This page aims to help you remove Addthis_widget.js Trojan Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
The term ‘Trojan’ or ‘Trojan horse’ is familiar to pretty much ever online user these days. However, despite having heard about them, most people don’t really know all that much about Trojan horse viruses after all. If that weren’t the case, this wouldn’t have been the malware group responsible for nearly 80% of all malicious infections that happen. Thus, one of the latest Trojan horse variants better known as Addthis_widget.js has already managed to infiltrate quite the number of computers and yours is probably among them, since you’re made it to this page. It’s actually quite lucky that you have detected this Trojan, as one of their chief qualities is stealth. You’d be surprised, but a lot of the time Trojans that successfully make it inside their victim’s system can stay there for weeks and even months without being noticed. So, give yourself a pat on the shoulder, because the first step toward solving a problem is determining that it exists. Below we would like to offer you so information about Addthis_widget.js and Trojans in general, after which you can refer to our removal guide for instructions on how to remove this nasty virus.
What Trojans do and how to protect yourself from them in the future
Another key quality that Trojan horse viruses boast is versatility. They are capable of performing a staggeringly wide range of malicious actions, so we wouldn’t exactly be able to tell you what the mission of Addthis_widget.js on your PC currently is. But whatever it is – you can be sure that it’s no good. We have narrowed down the possible reasons it could have attacked your computer to some of the most popular usages of this malware type.
For example, Trojans are very commonly used to steal information from the computers they’re on. They can obtain it by a variety of means and then transmit it back to their evil masters. Say they are specifically after financial credentials, like online banking details, credit card numbers, etc. They can start logging your keystrokes so that everything you type into your keyboard is recorded by the virus and then sent over to the hackers behind it. Another method of stealing data, one that requires more resources, but can still be done – hijacking your traffic and forwarding it to criminal servers. As a result, not only what you type in, but absolutely everything you do online will be in the hands and in literally in front of the eyes of the cybercriminals behind Addthis_widget.js.
Addthis_widget.js Trojan Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Other usages commonly involve exploiting your computer’s resources. This can be done for the purpose of mining cryptocurrencies, for example. As a result, your computer will be consuming a lot more power for seemingly no reason and the hackers will be benefiting from it without your knowledge. Alternatively, your computer can be used as a bot. In that case it could distribute malware, spam, etc. – also without your knowledge. A spin-chilling but also probable possibility is spying. The criminals behind Addthis_widget.js could easily be using it to keep tabs on you for whatever reason. And this includes watching you, listening to you, monitoring your activity and tracking your location.
Obviously, nobody would want to be subjected to any of those. And that’s not by far even the full list of horrible things that a Trojan like this could accomplish. Not to mention that it could even introduce other malware to your computer, such as ransomware. And the effects of that can often prove devastating. So once you have removed Addthis_widget.js from your system with the help of the below guide or the professional tool, which will do the job for you, it’s important that you provide adequate protection for your computer.
You can start by installing or upgrading your antivirus program. Be sure to also manually check for any OS updates and security patches that need to be installed, because an outdated system is always vulnerable to external threats. In addition, try to avoid all the most typical malware sources and methods of distribution. These most often include spam messages (emails, social media, messaging platforms) and infected online transmitters. For example, these could come in the form of fake system updated request or notifications telling you you’ve won a prize. Downloadable content available on different shady file-sharing websites can also very well be infected with Trojans or other viruses. So be sure to only use reliable download sources.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans are notoriously stealthy viruses that usually do not have any symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||Anything from infected messages on social media or other messaging platforms (including email) to downloadable content from illegal/shady file-sharing websites|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!