Dark Tequila Virus

Dark Tequila

According to researchers, Dark Tequila is a malware of the Trojan horse variety. A threat such as Dark Tequila is considered quite serious and should be regarded as a high-priority risk.

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If you’ve landed on this page due to a Trojan horse infection called Dark Tequila, please keep reading, as the details below will probably be of particular interest to you. In the next lines, you will find a removal guide that can help you remove the malicious program in question effectively. And you should better do that as soon as possible, because, once inside the system, a Trojan horse representative can perform different malicious tasks, and cause many different issues. That’s exactly why we can’t really tell you what the exact goal of Dark Tequila might be in your system. However, we can give you some examples of what most Trojan-based infections can do, so you can get an idea of why you should get rid of them as quickly as possible.

In general, Trojan horses can secretly steal valuable information from your computer. If your computer is connected to a professional network, then the malware maybe after your professional data. However, if it is your personal computer, the infection may be after your personal details, which later can be used to hijack your identity or to blackmail you for a ransom payment. Alternatively, the Trojan can be after your financial details, if the intention of the hackers behind it is to drain your bank accounts or make illegal transfers to third parties.

The destruction of information is another common purpose for Trojans such as Dark Tequila, Bloom.exe, Great Discover. Most commonly, this can be accomplished by deleting certain files on your computer, or by directly formatting your disks.

In some instances, the malware may not be after any file destruction, or data theft, and may be programmed to simply serve as a backdoor for other, even more problematic forms of malware. A Trojan like Dark Tequila, for instance, may serve as a supporting tool that can distribute viruses like ransomware, spyware, or rootkits

However, perhaps, the most disturbing activity of any Trojan, including an infection like Dark Tequila, is to spy on you directly by listening to your conversations, and by monitoring your online, and offline activity. There are various ways to achieve this, such as hacking into your webcam or microphone. A Trojan may also apply something called keylogging, and gain access to everything that you type on your keyboard, thus learning about your passwords, banking numbers, or any other sensitive information that may be of any value.

The best way to protect your system from any variant of malware, including Trojan viruses such as Dark Tequila, is to recognize and learn to avoid their most common sources. Trojans horses are generally incredibly stealthy, and can be lurking anywhere on the web, but the most likely way to get infected is via spam emails. Everyone knows about them, everybody thinks they know they should not be interacting with suspicious messages, yet people are still getting infected simply by clicking on spam.

Most commonly, the malicious email resembles a legitimate message from a well-known company or from a friend. Such emails typically try to get you to follow a link or open an attachment, which is the actual carrier of the Trojan. Malvertisements are another popular means of distribution. It is possible to place fake ads on many websites, so watch out. You can land the infection by simply clicking on some infected ad, so try to avoid any random pop-ups and ads, or websites that look sketchy. And last but not least, consider investing in reliable security software, and scan your system with it. In most cases, this is the only way to detect the infection and remove it on time.


NameDark Tequila
Danger LevelHigh (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Detection Tool

Remove Dark Tequila Virus

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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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


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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