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ChatGPT Malware is a recently released Trojan horse virus for Windows that has already managed to infect a big number of computers. ChatGPT Malware sneaks inside its victims’ PCs without getting noticed by the antivirus and begins to run different harmful processes in the targeted system.
As you probably already know, the representatives of the Trojan horse family are some of the sneakiest and stealthiest forms of computer malware. They oftentimes don’t show any red flags that could uncover their presence on the attacked machine and, when it comes down to newer versions such as ChatGPT Malware, even the antivirus that’s present on the attacked computer may fail to spot the virus on time. The main reason why new Trojan viruses oftentimes don’t get spotted by the security tools that people have on their computers has to do with the over-reliance of many of the conventional antivirus solutions on their databases. Using the antivirus’ database to spot an incoming malware attack is effective but only as long as the attacking virus has been added to the database. This allows the antivirus to recognize the Trojan and stop it. However, if the virus is a new one, such as ChatGPT Malware, the security tool is unlikely to detect the infection and do anything to stop it. This leaves you with your own vigilance as a tool to detect the malware threat. As we said, Trojans oftentimes don’t trigger any visible signs of their activities in the computer. Still, there are certain potential red flags that may, on some occasions, draw one’s attention to the ongoing malware infection.
Such red flags could be the increased use of CPU, GPU, and RAM on the computer even when no resource-intensive apps or programs are being run. Also, some more aggressive Trojans could cause the computer to crash into the so-called Blue Screen of Death. A Blue Screen of Death (BSOD for short) crash almost always indicates that there’s some significant problem with the system or the hardware. A Trojan horse attack could most certainly be the cause behind such a crash so if your computer experiences this, be sure to check your machine for ChatGPT Malware (the removal guide at the bottom will help you with this). Other irregularities such as changes in the system or the browser settings, corrupted files, program errors, etc., are also possible Trojan horse symptoms so be on the lookout for those as well.
High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Some Trojans can cause crashes in the system as well as severe slow-downs of the computer. Unauthorized changes in the system settings could also be a possible symptom.
Please follow all the steps below in orderto remove ChatGPT Malware!
How to remove ChatGPT Malware
First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find ChatGPT Malware in the programs list that would show up.
Select ChatGPT Malware from the list and click on Uninstall.
Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to ChatGPT Malware.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to ChatGPT Malware.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove ChatGPT Malware from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the ChatGPT Malware extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to ChatGPT Malware and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
Get rid of ChatGPT Malware by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “ChatGPT Malware” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete ChatGPT Malware
Open task manager
Look for the ChatGPT Malware process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete ChatGPT Malware
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “ChatGPT Malware” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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This file is not matched with any known malware in the database. You can either do a full real-time scan of the file or skip it to upload a new file. Doing a full scan with 64 antivirus programs can take up to 3-4 minutes per file.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall ChatGPT Malware
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for ChatGPT Malware in there
Uninstall ChatGPT Malware from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any ChatGPT Malware-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to ChatGPT Malware in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
The ChatGPT Malware have several different abilities and can be tasked with different goals depending on the situation. Taking over the computer and forcing it to mine cryptocurrency for the hackers as well as spying on the user and stealing sensitive data from him or her are two very likely ways in which a threat like the ChatGPT Malware could be used. In addition, Ransomware cryptoviruses can oftentimes be distributed with the help of a Trojan so if ChatGPT Malware or MultiSpeedUp are on your computer, it is possible that there could be a hidden Ransomware infection as well. In all cases, it is crucial to respond quickly to the Trojan horse infection so that no irreversible damage is done to your machine. To help you with the removal, we’ve prepared a detailed guide for the removal of the threat that you can find down below.
About the author
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.