CRaccoon Trojan


CRaccoon

CRaccoon is a malware program that can secretly hijack important processes in your system and use them as disguise to carry out its malicious tasks. CRaccoon belongs to the Trojan Horse malware family and it is mainly distributed via pirated software and online spam.

CRaccoon

The CRaccoon trojan software

A Trojan Horse such as CRaccoon can be one of the worst pieces of software you could possibly get in your computer. This infection can put in danger the entire system and there is often no way of knowing what can follow from its attack. For instance, once inside the system, CRaccoon may make your computer vulnerable by blocking its security tools and Firewall and secretly download other malware (such as Ransomware, Spyware and viruses) in the PC. This infection may also collect all kinds of sensitive information about its victims like IP addresses, login details, bank account numbers, online money transaction reports, passwords, browsing history etc. from the compromised computer and transfer it to the servers of the hackers. It may also destroy data, corrupt existing software, exploit system resources and damage the OS in such a way that the damage from the attack may be irreparable without a reinstall.

The CRaccoon trojan

Unfortunately, the victims may not even have a clue that they have been infected with the CRaccoon trojan until some major damage gets caused. That’s why, if you are reading this and you have found the CRaccoon trojan on your system, then you should consider yourself lucky to at least be aware of the presence of the malware program in your computer.

CRaccoon Trojan

You have the CRacoon software on the computer and cannot uninstall it

As a typical Trojan Horse, this malware threat can be extremely difficult to detect and even more difficult to remove without the help of a professional removal tool or some reliable removal instructions. In this relation, our “How to remove” team has prepared a detailed removal guide and posted it down below with the idea to help the victims of CRaccoon to safely locate and remove the Trojan from their computers as soon as possible. The timely and effective elimination of the Trojan is crucial if you want to prevent it from messing with your PC in a bad way. Such malware programs can be very advanced in their harmful abilities and can be involved in a variety of criminal deeds. Typically, the people who create Trojans like CRaccoon do that with the idea to use them for theft, fraud, blackmailing, espionage and more. That’s why the sooner you take actions against this insidious malware program, the better your chances of saving your computer.

What is CRaccoon?

Presents itself like a tool for managing cookies – in reality CRaccoon is a veritable spying software. Like most Trojan-based infections, CRaccoon gets distributed through spam, different file-sharing networks, malicious emails, infected attachments and fake ads.

Therefore, it can easily sneak in your computer by making use of such deceptive distribution methods. Some of the infections happen when the users unknowingly download infected torrent files, third-party freeware applications from unreliable sites and cracked software. However, even a click on a spam message, an ad, or on a misleading link may secretly inject the harmful payload inside the system without any visible symptoms.

How to remove CRaccoon without damaging your computer?

Dealing with a software such as CRaccoon and Great Discover  can be a challenging task because, as we said above, there usually are no visible symptoms which can give it away and detecting the malware and locating all of its associated files may require the assistance of a professional removal tool. Therefore, our advice for you if you need to remove CRaccoon is to use our instructions and maybe also consider using the removal tool linked inside the guide for optimal results when trying to eliminate the nefarious Trojan Horse.

SUMMARY:

Name CRaccoon
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  The Trojans hardly show any visible symptoms, thus, detecting them can be a hard task.
Distribution Method  Spam, malvertisements, infected emails, malicious attachments, cracked software installers, illegal websites.
Detection Tool

Uninstall CRaccoon Trojan

If you are looking for a way to remove CRaccoon 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 CRaccoon and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall CRaccoon as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of CRaccoon 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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