Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk is a Trojan horse infection that can steal sensitive information from its victims, spy on their activity or turn the compromised computer into a bot. Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk can sneak inside the system when the users click on spam messages, malicious attachments or malvertisements.
Even those web users who aren’t too tech savvy probably know that Trojan horses are some of the worst online threats that they can encounter not only because they could cause data loss, identity theft, and many other problems with the infected computer, but also because they can be very difficult to detect and remove on time. That’s why, in this article, our team has decided to give you some valuable insight into the methods of operation and the features of these nasty threats. In addition to that, below you will find a manual removal guide that can help you remove Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk which is one of the latest representatives of the Trojan horse family. We will also share with you some prevention tips to ensure that you do not get infected with Trojan viruses in the near future and can do your daily work without any worries and with increased safety.
Trojan horse viruses are a true nightmare for every Internet user nowadays. The name of these threats originates from the myth about the wooden horse, which appeared to be a gift to the invincible city of Troy, but which was packed with Greek soldiers who invaded the city. The way these computer threats operate is the same – the Trojan horse may first seem as a useful or harmless piece of software but once it sneaks in the system, it will launch various harmful activities in its background which can destroy the entire computer, steal valuable information and spy on the victims.
Trojans are typically transmitted all over the web with the help of attractive-looking web ads, spam messages, email attachments, torrents, free download packages and more. Users typically get infected with them by clicking on the infected links, advertisements or emails or by opening a program they believe is of legitimate origin but, in fact, is an infection carrier.
The representatives of the Trojan horse category can have many possible purposes. This means that if you have been infected with Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk, it is hard to tell you what type of harm exactly to expect. In the worst case scenario, the consequences of its attack can damage the computer to a state that it becomes totally useless and all the data on it is lost. Threats of this type can delete specific information on your hard drives selectively and forward files to remote servers without your knowledge. They can also detect existing system security holes and introduce other viruses like Ransomware or Spyware through them.
Steps to remove Trojans like Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk
If you want to save your computer from unpredictable damage you must remove Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk as soon as possible. Such Trojans, however, can be very stealthy and often have no visible symptoms that can help you detect them. That is why, in most situations, you may need to run a complete system scan with a professional malware removal tool on your computer to have a better chance to locate and remove the infection in time. The removal guide below contains both – reliable software and a manual set of instructions for optimal results.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Visible symptoms may lack, which is why Trojans are best detected with the help of professional malware removal software.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, torrents, free downloads, cracked software, email attachments, click-bait ads, infected websites.|
If you are looking for a way to remove Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk 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 Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Apt.backdoor.win.crosswalk 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!