AppleJeus is among the latest Trojan horse virus variants out there. Its novelty makes users especially susceptible to AppleJeus attacks, as it has not yet been added to many antivirus databases.
Trojans are notoriously stealthy and what makes them even more dangerous is the fact that they lack any recognizable symptoms that would give their presence away. Once in the system, viruses of this type usually burrow deep inside and mimic regular system processes and/or files, so as to not raise any suspicion on the user’s part.
And usually they either get to work doing whatever they’ve been tasked with, or they can lay dormant for however long they have to until their creators activate them.
So what is this mysterious task that AppleJeus might be up to on your machine? Well, the answer isn’t quite as straightforward.
Another characteristic trait of Trojans in general is their versatility. This particular malware category is capable of all sorts of malicious activities, which is one of the things that sets Trojans like AppleJeus apart from other malicious code.
And because AppleJeus is so new, we don’t have exact information as to what its creators have set it to accomplish on its victims’ computers. What we do know is what the most common usages for these types of viruses are and we’d like to share those with you, so you have at least a rough idea of what you might be faced with currently.
The AppleJeus Malware
The AppleJeus malware is used for system corruption, formatting of disks and drives, etc. Attackers create elaborate crypto trading scheme to install the AppleJeus Malware and it can wreak havoc on your PC.
But it’s more common for them to act as thieves and steal sensitive information from the infected machines instead. For instance, using a variety of techniques, any variant like AppleJeus can be put to work gathering your passwords, other login credentials, etc. Alternatively, these malware representatives can also be used as spying mechanisms. Thus, they can allow the hackers remote access to your system without you even realizing it.
For example, the Trojan can hack into your webcam and tap into your mic in order for the cyber criminals behind the virus to watch you and listen in on your conversations. Variants such as AppleJeus or Wup.exe can just easily share your screen with the hackers and allow them to see everything you see when you’re working on your computer.
And then another increasingly popular usage of these types of viruses is the exploitation of the system’s resources for the purpose of mining cryptocurrencies. Of course, the computer’s CPU and RAM can also be exploited for other things, such as the distribution of spam or formation of botnets, but there’s far too many possibility for us to cover in this short post.
The bottom line is that if you have detected AppleJeus (or any Trojan for that matter) on your computer, it’s vital that you see to its removal as soon as possible. And below we have put together a detailed removal guide to help you with this process manually. Alternatively, we’ve also linked a professional removal tool that you can use instead.
Remove AppleJeus Malware
If you are looking for a way to remove AppleJeus 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 AppleJeus and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall AppleJeus as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of AppleJeus 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!