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ElectroRAT Malware

ElectroRAT

ElectroRAT is a malicious program with many harmful abilities that can secretly infiltrate most computers by using disguise to prevent detection from the antivirus. Threats like ElectroRAT are known as Trojan Horses because they are oftentimes disguised as something seemingly harmless to trick the users.

ElectroRAT

The ElectroRAT Malware

If you think you may have landed a virus of this category, we highly recommend you read through this article and then head straight to the removal guide below it. In there, you will find manual instructions on how to remove any data related to ElectroRAT that might be inside your computer at the moment. Additionally, in the guide, you will find a link to a powerful anti-malware tool that can also help with the full elimination of the malicious ElectroRAT Trojan. It doesn’t matter which option you decide to go for or if you use both of them – the important thing is to not waste any time and remove the potential threat immediately as the consequences of its presence on your computer could be quite severe.

The possible uses of a Trojan like ElectroRAT

Speaking of potential consequences of a Trojan Horse attack, there could be quite a lot of them. The representatives of this malware category like Wup.exe, Walliant are infamous for how versatile they tend to be and how many different harmful actions they could perform inside the machines infected by them. To list a few of them, a Trojan Horse could be used as an espionage tool that collects sensitive data from your computer and/or directly spies on your online and offline activities, it can also be tasked with inserting additional threats inside the already infected system, including Rootkits, Ransomware, Phishing viruses and more. Another possible (and very common) use of a Trojan Horse virus is when the malware takes over important processes in the machine and causes the latter to carry out certain tasks without the permission of the user. In some cases, the infected machine would be forced to use up all of its system resources for cryptocurrency generation for the hackers’ profit. In other situations, the computer, alongside all other systems infected by the same Trojan, could be used as a tool for spreading spam or for carrying out DDoS attacks that can block popular sites by overwhelming their servers with artificial traffic. Depending on the way the Trojan is used, the damage to your system might be different but in almost all cases there would be some form of direct or indirect harm caused to the system or to your virtual privacy. We cannot say with certainty what the exact consequences of a potential attack from ElectroRAT could be because this is a very new threat and there’s not enough research done on it at the moment but one thing is for certain and that is this virus must be removed as quickly as possible if it gets noticed on  a computer. Here is where we will once again draw your attention to our malware-removal guide that you can find down below and which we advise you to complete if you suspect that ElectroRAT might have infected your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name ElectroRAT
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  BSOD crashes, data corruption, changes in different system settings without your approval, unusually high CPU and RAM use, etc.
Distribution Method  Spam emails that have misleading links and file attachments added to them as well as pirate downloads and clickbait online ads are all commonly used distribution methods for Trojan Horse viruses.
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Remove ElectroRAT Malware

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

Note that this might not get rid of ElectroRAT 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:

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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:

    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!

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