Dyre belongs to the most treacherous malware category of them all – that of the Trojan horse viruses. As such, Dyre is highly dangerous and should be removed immediately from your system.
Below we have included a detailed removal guide that will show you how to locate and remove this piece of malware from your PC. However, keep in mind that the process involves dealing with system files and accidentally deleting the wrong thing may result in permanent damage to your OS. Therefore, a certain degree of tech-savviness is required here, and if you don’t feel like you should risk it – we have a professional malware removal tool available for you as well.
But back to Dyre, you may be wondering how this Trojan horse got into your computer and what it’s been up to.
There are multiple distribution channels for viruses of this type, including pirated content that you can download for free from dubious sources such as torrent sites, for example. But the most common means of landing an infection with something like Dyre is usually either through spam messages or through malicious online ads better known as malvertisements.
In the case of the former, the Trojan will usually be present in an attached file that seems fairly harmless on the outside. It can be a text document, a pdf file or an archive, for instance, but the second you download it on your computer – you will have downloaded the Trojan inside it as well. Therefore, be very careful with any incoming messages that come with an enclosed attachment or a link. And in that same line of thought, we would also advise you to try and not interact with any online ads you see when browsing the web. There’s no way to tell the legitimate ones apart from those that will lead to a dangerous infection, so better safe than sorry.
The Dyre Malware
The Dyre Malware is notorious for two things. It is incredibly stealthy, meaning that this infection typically lack any symptoms and it can operate on your system for an indefinite amount of time without being noticed. And the other thing is that the Dyre Malware is endlessly versatile.
A Trojan like Dyre can be employed for such as wide variety of different harmful tasks that we couldn’t possibly cover them all in this short post.
But we can outline some of the most common usages and these include theft, espionage and system resource exploitation, to name just a few. A malicious piece like Dyre can be set to monitor your traffic, log your keystrokes and even listen in on your conversations or spy on you via your webcam. And with the help of these methods, the hackers behind the virus can gain access to sensitive information, including financial credentials, login details, etc.
In addition, a Trojan horse can also turn your computer into a bot and make it serve its masters remotely for whatever purposes. For example, it can be made to distribute spam or mine cryptocurrencies.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||What makes Trojans extremely dangerous is that most times they do not have any symptoms at all.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages and their respective attachments alongside malicious online ads.|
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Remove Dyre Malware
If you are looking for a way to remove Dyre 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 Dyre and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Dyre as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Dyre 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
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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:
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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:
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!