A brand new email scamming campaign just began with the eponymous Adp Payroll Invoice Virus. If you fell to this or are afraid your PC might be in danger, use this quick guide as a consultation that can put your mind at ease.
In the case where you are actually infected, the Adp Payroll Invoice Virus is a Trojan horse and you need to have it removed as soon as possible. It all starts with users receiving the following email:
- Your ADP Payroll invoice is attached for your review. If you have any questions regarding this invoice, please contact your ADP service team at the number provided on the invoice for assistance. Important: Please open the attached file using your temporary password. Your temporary password is: 941VAX332ED Please note that your bank account will be debited within one banking business day for the amount(s) shown on the invoice. Thank you for choosing ADP Payroll. Please do not respond to this message. It comes from an unattended mailbox.
This is basically the most classic bait imaginable. The whole scheme requires you to click on the “invoice” thus allowing the trojan a front door (pun intended) to enter through.
What exactly is a Trojan?
A Trojan horse is a malicious software program that serves as a back door for other, more potent viruses to be installed on computers infected by the Trojan. It is named after the wooden horse used by the greeks in Homer’s Illiad to infiltrate Troy’s defenses. The computer horse works much like its literary counterpart – it installs itself on computers through the use of social engineering and subterfuge. Most probably Adp Payroll Invoice Virus was installed under the guise of being some different useful program – and probably a free one. Alternatively it could have come from an Email attachment or through the installer of another program. This last practice is known as software bundling and installers affected are usually for freeware or shareware or potentially from the installers of other programs that are not obtained from the official source. Torrent and online storage sites are often virus carriers – they project Ads that link to infected executable files and all types of application could be tampered with the include a virus or a Trojan similar to Adp Payroll Invoice Virus.
How does a Trojan endanger infected computers?
A Trojan horse either uses a rootkit exploit or a security vulnerability to obtain the ability to be able to install other programs without the permission of the human owner of the computer. Trojans are not dangerous on their own – in fact your computer can be infected with a Trojan for a really long time without anything happening. Unfortunately when the man who created Adp Payroll Invoice Virus choses to activate it he is able to install whatever other application he wants on your computer. Some of the most dangerous viruses in existence like Ransomware are installed almost exclusively with the help of a Trojan. The worst part is that you can never know when something like this is about to occur. Removing Adp Payroll Invoice Virus as soon as possible is your best bet to minimize the damage.
Some tips on avoiding infections by other Trojans
Don’t open executable files downloaded from unsafe sources like emails, torrents and storage sites. When you install a program make sure to use the Advanced installation option instead of Default. At some point you will see a list of items getting installed and you will have control over that list. Deny access to any additional software you don’t need. Remember that even things that look useful and innocent enough could actually be a Trojan or a virus. If you want to install a program on your computer always try to obtain it from the official site. Also Trojans are sometimes downloaded by users in the form of DLL files. If you get a DLL missing error while you are using your computer make sure you run a search on the problem before you try to download a replacement DLL file. Stand-alone DLL files cam be incredibly dangerous and most “dll missing” errors are part of a deeper problem that cannot be fixed by simply switching the DLL file.
The guide below is written so you can get rid of this pest before anything really bad happens. However please remember that regardless of how quickly you reacted to the presence of Adp Payroll Invoice Virus something dangerous could have already been installed on your PC and you have no way of knowing whether that happened or not. For this reason we strongly recommend that you download and try the anti-malware software we recommend. Virus and Trojan definitions are updated daily and it has a very powerful scanner that will make sure that your PC is clean.
Adp Payroll Invoice Virus Removal
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Hold the Windows Key and R and copy + paste the following, then click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Now hold the windows Key and R again but type %temp% in the field and hit enter. Delete everything in that directory.
Right click on each of the malware processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a malware, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to. There’s a good chance Adp Payroll Invoice Virus is hiding somewhere in here.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Adp Payroll Invoice Virus remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the malware’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If these things fail to help you find Adp Payroll Invoice Virus you need to resort to a professional scanner – obviously this is a malware that was created to steal your credentials and credit cards – meaning the people who created it spent a lot of resources to make it as dangerous as possible.
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