BitRAT Malware


BitRAT

BitRAT is a stealthy malware infection that can steal your usernames and passwords, corrupt your data, and remotely control the processes in your system. BitRAT gets distributed through the use of different disguise tactics and is categorized as a Trojan Horse virus.

BitRAT

The BitRAT malware

In most cases of attacks from Trojans like this one, the users have no idea that their computers have been infected unless the antivirus manages to detect the threat. Nowadays, there are quite potent and powerful antivirus tools out there that can reliably deal with most Trojans that may attack you. However, things are a little bit different when it comes down to recently released Trojan viruses like BitRAT or Presenoker. You see, the problem with a new Trojan threat like this one is that it is not included in the database of most antivirus programs which means that the infection will probably not get recognized once it attacks the system. Some of the more advanced and high-end security tools offer behavioral-monitoring – a malware detection feature that looks out for suspicious behavior in apps and programs that are not in the malware database so that even newer viruses would get spotted. However, these features aren’t perfect and don’t always detect all incoming malware. This is why threats like BitRAT could still enter computers that are protected by an antivirus and it is also why you should always make sure to be vigilant and on the lookout for any suspicious system behavior so that if a virus has managed to infect your PC, you would notice the potential symptoms.

The BitRAT malware

As we mentioned earlier in this post, threats like the BitRAT malware are well known for their many potential uses and overall versatility which is something that directly affects the potential symptoms that they might trigger. Depending on what the BitRAT malware is used for, the signs of its infection could vary.

For instance, if the Trojan is used to spy on you, you will probably not notice anything that would give away its presence in the system. However, a virus like BitRAT could also be tasked with using most/all of your system resources for cryptocurrency mining, in which case the computer will become extremely slow and might experience sudden freezes, crashes, errors, and other unusual problems. Also, some Trojans are employed as distribution tools for other malware, including Ransomware, Spyware,and Rootkits. In those cases, the symptoms would be specific to the virus carried by the Trojan. For instance, if BitRAT delivers a Ransomware into your system, you will likely soon lose access to most of your personal files since this is what the Ransomware viruses do – they lock up the files of their victims and ask for a ransom for the release key.

How to take care of BitRAT

It could be quite challenging to deal with a Trojan Horse virus on your own but we believe that if you closely follow the guideline provided below you should be able to successfully beat this infection and make your PC safe and secure once again. Therefore, we strongly advise you to get down to completing the guide so that the infection would be removed as soon as possible.

SUMMARY:

Name BitRAT
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Trojans use stealth and disguise to keep their processes hidden but in some cases they may cause crashes in the system, different software errors, data corruption, and other similar red flags.
Distribution Method  Methods that are used to spread Trojans can be spam messages, misleading and fake web-ads, harmful pirated downloads, etc.
Detection Tool

Remove BitRAT Malware

If you are looking for a way to remove BitRAT you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for BitRAT and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall BitRAT as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of BitRAT 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


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!

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

    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!

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    About the author

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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