CopperStealer is a harmful computer program labeled as a Trojan horse that can be used for espionage, data corruption, system damage and more. Trojan viruses like CopperStealer are also oftentimes used as tools for infecting user computers with other threats such as Ransomware.
Due to the wide versatility of most Trojan horse infections and due to the fact that CopperStealer is a relatively new addition to this family of viruses, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact purpose of this particular piece of malware. However, one thing is for certain and that is you must make sure to quickly find a way to eliminate CopperStealer if it is currently within your computer or else there could be many unpleasant unforeseen consequences that could arise from this malware attack. Below, we will tell you about some of the possible ways a Trojan horse could be used to cause harm and after that, we will explore some of the methods used for distributing this kind of malware. Last but not least, at the end of the article, we will provide you with a removal guide that will allow you to locate and remove from your PC everything related to CopperStealer.
The CopperStealer Malware
It oftentimes depends on the specific situation when it comes down to how the CopperStealer malware infection would be utilized. A common consequence of the CopperStealer malware attack would be corruption and damage to user files or to the system itself.
However, usually damaging your computer or data isn’t the primary goal of the people behind threats like CopperStealer and Wup.exe. Instead, they might try to use the virus to spy on your activities or to take over your computer and then force it to carry out different tasks that would benefit the hackers. Some examples of such tasks are mining of cryptocurrencies, spreading spam messages, and participating in large-scale coordinated DDoS attacks. In all those cases, the user is likely to notice a severe slow-down of the computer as well as frequent crashes, freezes, software unresponsiveness, and other similar stability issues.
As we already mentioned, a Trojan could spy on you and secretly collect personal data from your machine. This data could be used by the hackers to steal money from you, harass you, or to blackmail you. Another way a Trojan horse like CopperStealer could be used for blackmailing you (this time indirectly) is when it inserts a Ransomware in your system that can encrypt your data, thereby keeping you from accessing it until you carry out a ransom payment.
The Copper Stealer Malware
Faithful to it name, the Copper Stealer malware infection is usually disguised as something that users wouldn’t initially see as dangerous. One of the most effective ways to disguise the Copper Stealer malware is when the threat is made to look like an expensive program or game that is being distributed for free so that users would be tempted to download it.
In most cases, such programs can be found uploaded to pirate sites and that is why hackers oftentimes use such sites to spread disguised Trojans. Two other common ways for spreading such threats are spam messages and misleading click bait adverts so be sure to avoid those as well so that you don’t land more Trojans in the future.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans could cause slowdowns in the computer, as well as sudden crashes, freezes, software errors and unresponsiveness, as well as other forms of system instability.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the methods used for spreading Trojans involve the use of pirated software, spam messages, or deceitful click bait ads.|
Remove CopperStealer Malware
If you are looking for a way to remove CopperStealer 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 CopperStealer and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall CopperStealer as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of CopperStealer 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!