The Trojan Horse category is probably the biggest malware family, comprising the biggest number of computer threats, and AnswerPCAP is one of its latest additions. In the next lines, we will share with you information about the potential abilities of AnswerPCAP, tell you how it may enter the computers of its victims, and what difficulties and pitfalls one may face when trying to remove it.
After that, we will provide our readers with a tested removal guide, that will show them the right steps for removing the AnswerPCAP infection, and liberating their computers.
How may a Trojan such as AnswerPCAP harm your system and virtual privacy?
There are many ways in which a representative of the Trojan Horse family could cause harm – after all, this is probably the most versatile category of malware, and its uses vary from espionage, to distribution of other threats, from remote control over the affected machines to acquisition of sensitive data, and many more. For example, a Trojan may use keylogging to spy on what you type using the keyboard, and thus acquire your passwords, banking numbers, and more. Some Trojans are also known for taking screencaps of the user’s screen, and sending them to the hackers who control them. It’s also possible Trojans like AnswerPCAP, Great Discover, Walliant to start processes in your computer, that force the machine to use up all of its RAM, CPU time, and GPU memory to mine cryptocurrency, and then directly send it to the hacker’s virtual wallet. In other cases, the attacked machine may be tasked with sending out spam letters to other users, and infecting them with malware. Some Trojans are also used as backdoor tools, which allow other infections (most commonly Ransomware) to enter the computers they’ve already attacked. And those are only some of the many things a Trojan may be able to do inside an infected computer. Though we can’t tell you the exact goal of AnswerPCAP due to lack of sufficient research, we can tell you that you should most definitely remove this threat ASAP.
How Trojans can infect you
Usually, these infections use disguise to lure their victims into opening their files, and releasing them in the computer system. For instance, many of the Trojan Horse threats are disguised as installers of some popular programs and games, and once the user clicks on them, and allows them to make change in the system (thinking they are installing a legitimate program), the malware gets activated, and is then free to accomplish its task.
Disguise may also be sued for the Trojan’s files and processes – the malware may have them named similarly to some legitimate system files and processes, making detection more difficult. This is also why you should only delete stuff you are certain is related to the Trojan. If you aren’t sure about a given file or process, it’s best to use the tested removal tool that’s linked in the guide, or to write us a comment, in order to confirm that you should indeed delete the suspicious component.
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.
Uninstall AnswerPCAP VirusTo remove the AnswerPCAP virus, you first need to clean your PC from rogue programs, then quit the processes of the Trojan, and restore the system settings that have been altered by the virus.
- Open the Programs and Features list, check it for the presence of unwanted/malicious programs, and uninstall the ones you think mustn’t be there.
- Secondly, open your PC’s Task Manager, see if there are any rogue processes there and quit anything questionable you may find.
- Next, check the DNS settings of the computer as well as the Hosts file and the Startup items and if revoke any changes that may have been made to them by the Trojan.
- Finally, to fully remove the AnswerPCAP virus, search the system Registry for malware items and if you find any, delete them.
Extended Guide Before you start going through the steps, we suggest that you bookmark the current page so that you can easily find it later as some steps may require you to perform a system restart.
Step 1 Click the Start Menu, type Programs and Features, press Enter, and when a list of the programs installed on your computer shows up, search it for suspicious entries that have been installed not long before you started noticing the presence of the AnswerPCAP virus. If you notice a program that is suspicious, unknown, and that you think may be a threat, click on its name, then click Uninstall, and follow whatever steps are shown in the uninstallation wizard. If there’s an option to keep personalized user settings for the program you are installing, uncheck that option so that everything gets deleted.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Open the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc from the keyboard) and look at the processes shown in the Processes tab. You should be looking for ones that are using up a lot of CPU and/or virtual memory while also having unusual or unfamiliar names that seem suspicious to you. Look up the names of each process you deem questionable and see what information you can find online about that process.
If there are posts in reliable sources that say the process you’ve looked up may be harmful, go to that process’ entry in the Task Manager, right-click on it, and open the File Location where its files are stored. Scan each file in that folder for malware with the help of the powerful malware-scanner tool shown below (it can be used directly from the browser).
If malware is spotted in any of the process files, quit the process as shown in the picture below and then delete the entire folder where its files are. If that can’t be done at the moment, delete as many of the files in that folder as you are allowed to and complete the rest of the guide.
After you finish all remaining steps, make another attempt to delete the file location folder of the malicious process.
- Note: If the online information you found about the suspicious process seems highly-reliable and is from a reputed source, you should quit that process and delete its files even if no malware was detected in said files.
Step 3 Go into Safe Mode to keep any remaining malicious processes that you may have missed from disrupting your progress during the next steps.
Step 4 Copy the next line, place it in the text box under the Start Menu, and press the Enter key: %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. If you are required to choose a program with which to open the selected file, opt for Notepad. Next, check the bottom of the text in the notepad file that appears and see if there are any odd-looking IPs listed there. If you find such IP addresses at the bottom of the file, copy-paste them in the comments under this post. Once we have a look at them, we let you know if they have been placed there by AnswerPCAP and if you should remove them. Next, you must go to System Configuration so type that in the Start Menu, press Enter, and then go to Startup. Disable any questionable or unknown startup items that you see there and then click on OK. Now type Network Connections in the Start Menu, hit Enter again, and then find and right-click your current network (the one your PC is connected to). Open the Properties window, click Internet Protocol Version 4, and then click Properties again. Make sure that the Obtain an IP address automatically and the Obtain DNS server address automatically options are checked and click Advanced. In the Advanced settings window, click on DNS and delete any IPs that you may see listed in that section. Finally, click the OK button on each open window to save whatever changes have been made.
Step 5 Go to the Start Menu one last time for this guide, type regedit, press Enter, and click on Yes when required to provide your Admin permission. WARNING!: Be careful while deleting items from your computer’s registry – only delete what you are certain doesn’t belong there to prevent causing more problems for your system. When in doubt, ask us in the comments rather than directly deleting something that you aren’t sure must be deleted. When you see the Registry Editor window on your screen, press together the Ctrl and F keys, type the Trojan’s name (AnswerPCAP) and search for items that are related to it. Delete the items that get found and click Find Next after each deleted item to see if there are any more items left.
Once the search stops yielding results, manually navigate to the next three locations by using the left sidebar.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main