Autohotkey Virus Removal (July 2018 Update)

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

There reason for the writing of this article and the Removal Guide below is a Trojan horse virus called Autohotkey. It’s main trait and what makes it so hazardous is the fact that nobody can say what its real purposes are for sure. It is this uncertainty that as well as the stealthy nature of this infection that makes such malware programs some of the most problematic and harmful out there.

With hope this article will be of help to you when it comes to successfully removing the infection inflicted by this cyber threat, we’ll present you with the info you need to be aware of if Autohotkey Virus has infected your machine. We’ve also included some useful prevention tips and some effective removal instructions.

Trojan-related Trivia:

Trojan-like programs are a type of very dangerous viruses that can cause different issues to your PC. The viruses belonging to this group use numerous stealthy distribution methods to infiltrate your machine. Not only that, they could have just as many varying uses and purposes. What connects all of them and makes them an independent malware category is their ability to gain full access to everything on your machine without giving any visible symptoms that can help you detect them.

If you are familiar with the myth about the Trojan war and the infamous wooden horse that was used to defeat the defenders of Troy, you will see why the same name is used when referring to this malware type. Such viruses subtly infiltrate your system while staying under the radar in the majority of instances, and then they proceed with their terrible and illegal acts.

What can Autohotkey be used for?

Such viruses can have various purposes. The most dangerous and widespread of them have been enlisted below:

  • The cyber criminals behind such a virus may seek to destroy or corrupt something on your PC. The potential targets can be valuable user data or important and essential system files. The malware might try to cause damage to your system making the PC unstable and in some cases even rendering your machine unable to load Windows meaning that you’d be unable to use your computer whatsoever if that happened to you.
  • The dishonest people behind Autohotkey could be after your money or virtual identity. Perhaps that is why Trojans could get exploited for tracking and copying your account info which might later allow the hackers to drain your bank accounts or to take over your online identity.
  • This kind of viruses might get used for providing backdoor for other malicious programs to your personal computer. Autohotkey could infect your system with other just as dangerous viruses like various Ransomware forms. In case you are not familiar what Ransomware viruses do, such viruses are typically used for encrypting important personal user files and then blackmailing the victim for a payment if the latter wishes to get the access to their own data restored. Ransomware is currently one of the most difficult to deal with malware threats and Trojans are very commonly used for spreading such viruses throughout the Internet world.
  • The cyber criminals behind many such malicious programs may also use the malware to take control over your device and keep track of everything you do on your computer. There are numerous espionage techniques that can be used – keylogging, taking screenshots of your screen, using your webcam to stalk on you, etc.

Autohotkey Virus Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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. 

Step3

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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Step4

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.

Step5

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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 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!

How to successfully avoid and/or remove Autohotkey:

If you wish to stay away from Trojans, you will need to learn about its primary sources – avoiding them will ensure that no future infections occur. The most common among countless possible means of distributing Autohotkey are:

  • Malvertising (the process of spreading pop-up ads leading to malware-containing web pages);
  • Unreliable/spam emails that could be found both inside your Spam Folder or your Inbox Directory. Typically, what carries the infection are the email attachments or the links added to such sketchy messages.
  • Social media hyperlinks – maybe it has caught your eye that spam also spreads across social media platforms in the form of videos, gifs, images and links. You really need to be careful what you are clicking on as it might not always be safe.

Help with the removal of Autohotkey you can find in the Removal Guide on this page. We hope it is going to be beneficial and that the instructions in there would be enough to solve your Autohotkey-related problem.

SUMMARY:

Name Autohotkey
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Such viruses are indeed nasty because they are generally invisible.
Distribution Method Via fake contaminated content such as ads, update requests, spam letter attachments.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


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