Crackonosh Malware


Crackonosh is a Trojan Horse infection that can spy on the victim’s personal or professional life and steal browser data such as passwords and credentials from Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. Crackonosh can also hack into the computer’s web camera or microphone and record conversations and videos from the victim’s surroundings.

The Crackonosh malware is an advanced threat that can hide deep in the system

The Trojan Horse viruses are among the most dangerous pieces of malware you can ever find. There is hardly an internet user who has never heard of them before, yet things become different when you learn that your machine has been infected with one of them named.

Crackonosh, the Trojan we will tell you more about in this post, is a new addition to the notorious Trojan Horse malware group and, on this page, there is a thorough removal guide with step-by-step guidance on how to remove it. Keep in mind, however, that Crackonosh is an advanced threat that can hide deep in the system. That’s why, to avoid deleting the wrong files, you need to execute the steps exactly as described. If you prefer a specialized software to do this for you, you are free to use the professional removal tool that you will find below.

The Crackonosh Malware

The reason is, threats like the Crackonosh malware are incredibly versatile when it comes to the malicious actions they can perform. When they infect the system, the Crackonosh malware initially appear to be something completely harmless.

Once installed, they can be controlled remotely by the hackers who give them instructions on what to do. That’s why we can’t tell you precisely what kind of damage you should expect. But we can surely list some of the most common uses of these infections, so you can get an idea of their versatile nature.

One of the most common uses is for theft. Trojans can be used to steal sensitive information such as personal or work-related documents, account login credentials, passwords, financial information, credit and debit card numbers, etc. The obtained information can be transferred to remote servers controlled by hackers and it can be used to perform crimes such as blackmailing, online banking fraud, theft of identity, and more.

A Trojan like Crackonosh or Wup.exe can also be used to exploit the resources of your machine. For example, this malware can employ the computer’s RAM and CPU to mine cryptocurrencies for someone else. Or it could turn the machine into a bot and use it to send out spam and spread malware such as Worms, Spyware, and Ransomware to other computers. And if this is not dreadful enough, a Trojan can hack into your camera and/or microphone and monitor your conversations, capture embarrassing videos and audio files, and even record everything you type on your keyboard.

The above is just a very small portion of the potential harm that an infection such as Crackonosh may cause. Therefore, it’s best not to wait any longer and remove this Trojan as soon as possible. It would also be a good idea to learn how to avoid those threats in the future as they can compromise you again if you happen to click on one of their numerous transmitters. That’s why the best way to protect your computer is to invest in a better antivirus program and to keep it up-to-date with all the new virus definitions. We also advise you to browse the web safely and avoid potential sources of malware such as illegal download sites, spam emails, online ads, and shady attachments.


Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Trojans are some of the hardest threats to detect as they typically show no visible symptoms.
Distribution MethodTrojans can often be found inside spam messages, malicious email attachments, torrents, illegal websites, fake ads.
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Remove Crackonosh Malware

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

Note that this might not get rid of Crackonosh 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).



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:

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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. 



    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:

    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:

    hosts_opt (1)


    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—-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!


    About the author


    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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