AndroxGh0st.malware is a stealthy Trojan-based computer infection that utilizes various camouflage techniques to access the victims’ machines. Once AndroxGh0st.malware enters the targeted computer, it seeks to gain administrative rights to the system in order to manipulate the data and the processes in it without the users’ knowledge.
Trojan Horse is the common term that is used to define this kind of threats and we are sure you’ve heard of this term many times before. However, to effectively protect yourself against Trojans like Wup.exe, Msedge.exe especially a new threat such as AndroxGh0st.malware, you may need to familiarize yourself a bit more with the key features of this type of malware and its capabilities.
It is most probable that the AndroxGh0st.malware virus reaches your machine with the help of other attractive-looking and intriguing applications, or spam messages, torrents and infected email attachments. Unfortunately, while your antivirus program may be quite effective in protecting you from known threats, it may be helpless against a new and sophisticated Trojan Horse infection like this one. The reason is, a traditional antivirus is mainly assisted by its comprehensive virus database which helps the program to identify threats (even highly advanced ones) in your machine by comparing their virus definitions to the ones found in the database.
This works well much of the time and the threats are quickly detected and remove before they can do something harmful. The concern with these databases, though, is that it requires some time for them to be updated with the latest virus definitions of the latest security threats. The period needed for updating the database is variable for different viruses, but it is often at least one or two days.
This time, however, is more than enough for a freshly released Trojan infection such as AndroxGh0st to compromise a significant number of computers without any symptoms or security alarms. What is more, two days are absolutely enough for AndroxGh0st to complete its malicious agenda without the victims knowledge.
Please follow all the steps below in order to remove AndroxGh0st.malware!
How to remove AndroxGh0st.malware
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find AndroxGh0st.malware in the programs list that would show up.
- Select AndroxGh0st.malware from the list and click on Uninstall.
- Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
- From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
- Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to AndroxGh0st.malware.
- If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to AndroxGh0st.malware.
- If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove AndroxGh0st.malware from Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
- Go to more tools
- Now select extensions
- Remove the AndroxGh0st.malware extension
- Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
- Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to AndroxGh0st.malware and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
- Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
- Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.
How to get rid of AndroxGh0st.malware on FF/Edge/etc.
- Open the browser and select the menu icon.
- From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
- Look for the AndroxGh0st.malware extension
- Get rid of AndroxGh0st.malware by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
- Open Firefox
- Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
- Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
- Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
- Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
- Start Edge
- Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
- Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
- Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
- Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “AndroxGh0st.malware” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete AndroxGh0st.malware
- Open task manager
- Look for the AndroxGh0st.malware process
- Select it and click on End task
- Open the file location to delete AndroxGh0st.malware
- Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
- Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
- If you don’t see a “AndroxGh0st.malware” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
- Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
- If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
- Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
- If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
- Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall AndroxGh0st.malware
- Click on the home button
- Search for Startup Apps
- Look for AndroxGh0st.malware in there
- Uninstall AndroxGh0st.malware from Startup Apps by turning it off
- Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any AndroxGh0st.malware-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
- Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
- After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to AndroxGh0st.malware in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
Is AndroxGh0st.malware dangerous?
Of course, this should not discourage you from investing in an antivirus at all. There are professional security programs with high-quality malware detection mechanisms that are based on behavioral surveillance. These antivirus programs can successfully identify malicious activity even if a given threat is not yet in their databases. Therefore, we recommend that you get such an antivirus in the future to remain well protected.
For now, however, the most important thing you should focus on is how to remove AndroxGh0st.malware in case that you have suspicion that this Trojan has compromised your computer. As we mentioned above, Trojan attacks typically do not display any special symptoms which can give them away. Sometimes, though, their presence in the system can activate certain red flags. The most popular of these warning flags involve sudden system failures, error messages, application failure, or other system and software malfunctions, as well as loss and/or corruption of various files that are typically stored on the machine.
In case that these or similar issues are detected on your computer, your best option is to immediately run a full system scan with reliable antivirus program and remove all the files that are flagged as dangerous. Alternatively, you can look for manual removal instructions in the guide below in order to delete potentially harmful AndroxGh0st.malware-related data from your device.
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