Agent Tesla is a virus of the Trojan horse category which can be responsible for the corruption of your computer system. Agent Tesla can exploit system resources, introduce viruses and ransomware to the machine, steal user passwords, corrupt OS files, and more.
The Trojan horse malware category has been around for a very long time and ever since this type of malicious programs was first created, they have been one of the most commonly encountered software threats. Currently, there are many other forms of malicious software such as spyware, ransomware, rootkits, worms and so on and so forth but even so, the Trojans remain some of the most widespread infections and that is why it is so very important to know how to protect your computer against them.
The Agent Tesla Malware
Normally, once the Agent Tesla Malware invades a given computer, it is very likely to remain unnoticed by the computer’s user. Trojan infections like the Agent Tesla Malware and Energy.exe are really stealthy and are oftentimes able to disguise themselves as something that will not draw any suspicion, such as a harmless-looking file, a seemingly useful program, etc. In some instances, this type of malicious programs may even disguise themselves as system files that the user wouldn’t think about deleting.
However, since you are reading this article, you most likely know (or at least suspect) that a nasty Trojan horse virus called Agent Tesla has nested inside your computer and is currently going to town on your system or data, following its criminal agenda.
The good news is that below is a guide which may help those of you with Agent Tesla in their machines find where the infection is hiding and remove it for good. As an additional precaution, you can also use the specialized anti-malware tool that we have linked within the guide. It is possible that you may not be able to take care of everything manually which is when the said tool could come in particular handy. Just remember that there’s no time to be wasted here since every minute you delay the removal of the Trojan, Agent Tesla would be getting closer and closer to completing its task.
Considering the fact that these insidious malware pieces are among the most versatile cyber-crime programs, we can’t tell you for sure what exactly may be happening with your computer during the time that AgentTesla is operating on it. There’s currently not too much info with regards to this particular Trojan since it was discovered just recently. However, we can give you a general idea about what may lie in store for your computer if the virus stays active in it.
Some of the more common ways a Trojan such as Agent Tesla could be used are for system damage, corruption of important data from the computer’s hard drives as well as for stealing usernames and passwords and inserting additional malware programs inside the attacked system. These mentioned, however, are only a small part of all the possible ways in which a virus infection the likes of Agent Tesla may be utilized. Therefore, we must once again remind you about the importance of acting quickly and making sure to eliminate the threat before anything serious has happened to your system.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Typically, a Trojan will not show any visible symptoms but it’s still a good idea to look out for any form of unusual system behavior.|
|Distribution Method||Spam letters, malicious online advertisements, shady software downloads, phishing sites, etc.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Agent Tesla Malware
If you are looking for a way to remove Agent Tesla you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for Agent Tesla and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Agent Tesla as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Agent Tesla completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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.
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
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!