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Alureon Trojan Virus


This page aims to help you remove the Alureon Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

The Alureon Trojan

Alureon is a genuinely nasty Trojan horse virus that can cause its victims some serious potential damage. If you’ve discovered that this particular piece of malware has made its way into your system, then you will need to take all the necessary measures so as to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Alureon Trojan Virus

The Alureon Trojan can damage your system.

Trojans are by far the most infamous malware type out there. And some of them can be worse than others, like for example one of the more notorious recent examples – the Alureon Virus.  We’ve created a detailed removal guide, which will help you do just that. But before you head down to the guide, we do recommend that you read through the following article first, in order to gain a better understanding of what it is you are dealing with exactly.

The purpose of this virus, it is primarily used for the purpose of stealing data from the victims’ computers. And the reason why it’s been so successful over the years is because it’s been able to deceive users and hide its presence. Furthermore, Alureon has also been known to disable antivirus programs on the computers it invades, which makes its detection practically impossible. One thing that might give it away, though, are frequent BSoD crashes. These have shown to often accompany the presence of a Trojan of this type on a given PC.

The Alureon Virus

Alureon has been around for around a decade now and was at a point even identified as the second most active botnet in the world in the first half of 2010. Trojan viruses such as Alureon pose a high threat to your computer and should be removed without hesitation.

But unfortunately, stealing your account passwords, online banking login credentials and various other financial data is not everything that Trojans like this are capable of. They are uniquely versatile in the purposes that they can be employed for. For example, malicious programs like this can easily be set to keep track of your keystrokes, tap your microphone and hack your webcam so as to spy on you and your environment. This can commonly lead to physical crimes being committed, as well. Other usages involve creating botnets so as to spread other malware or spam. In addition, they can also be used to as to exploit the resources of your machine and mine bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies. Those will then be sent to the hackers in charge and you will likely be left with a high electricity bill.

Alureon and Trojan horses in general often rely on various social engineering tactics that trick users into believing they’re interacting with harmless content, whereas really they end up downloading the virus and getting infected. Such are, for example, spam emails. These are probably the oldest trick in the book, yet people still fall for them. Deceptive messages that typically contain a hyperlink or attached file will usually try to convince their victims that they need to follow the said link or open the attachment. These can come in the shape of bills for purchased goods from some popular online store, for example, or a utility bill. Other possibilities for spreading Trojans and pretty much all other malware as well are the malicious online ads better known as malvertisements. These appear to look like your regular online popup, banner or other ad, only really they contain the malicious script of a virus. And once someone clicks on it – they get infected.

Once you’ve removed the Alureon Virus from your PC, it’s important that you see to your system’s future safety and avoid coming across such threats from now on. And now that you know what the virus’ main sources are, it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to learn to start recognizing and dodging them. Don’t trust shady emails that you’re not expecting and that come from unknown sources. And most definitely don’t go about downloading their attachments. The same also goes for online ads, no matter where you see them. Try not to interact with any of them and also mind the websites you visit. Shady and obscure sites that look like they may be harboring something suspicious should be off limits.

SUMMARY:

Name Alureon
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms In some cases frequent BSoD crashes may reveal the Trojan’s presence. 
Distribution Method Spam messages and their attachments, malvertisements, infected torrents and other downloadable content
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Alureon Virus Removal


 

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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).

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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. 

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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. 

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    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

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    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    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:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

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    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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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