Ensiko is a malicious piece of software that operates in secret and starts harmful processes inside the computer it manages to infect. Online security experts classify Ensiko as a Trojan horse and advise users to immediately remove it from their system.
In general, Trojan horse viruses are very versatile and the criminals who create them can program them to perform a lot of different and unrelated illegal tasks. For instance, some Trojans are set to target the data that you store on your system and steal it, others may try to spy on your online and offline activities. Many Trojan-based threats may secretly execute malicious processes in the background of the system or invite other harmful programs such as ransomware, spyware, rootkits and viruses inside your compromised device. Unfortunately, there is nothing that could indicate to you what type of harm precisely to expect in case that you get infected. What’s more, most Trojans are so stealthy and operate so secretly, that you may not even know that your machine has been infected since there will be no visible symptoms that can serve as a red flag.
On this page, our focus will be on one sophisticated threat of this kind that is called Ensiko. A number of web users have recently faced this particular Trojan and some of them have contacted our “How to remove” team with a call for help. That’s why, in the paragraphs below we decided to shed some more light on the specifics of Ensiko and the steps that its victims need to take in order to detect and remove it.
The Ensiko Malware
The Ensiko Malware can spread online with the help of various transmitters but most commonly they can be found inside spam messages, different email attachments, especially those sent from unknown senders, torrents, cracked software installers, malicious web ads and illegal sites.
The hackers who create Trojan threats rely on camouflage and social engineering tactics in order to trick the unsuspecting web users into clicking on the harmful payload. They often mask their malware as some seemingly harmless type of web content or an intriguing message in order to attract the potential victim’s attention. Normally, one click is enough to infect the computer and activate the Trojan.
Once it has been activated, a threat like Ensiko can start executing the malicious deeds it has been programmed for. At the beginning of this post, we mentioned some common uses but what you should keep in mind is that that after completing an attack on a single machine, certain Trojans may be repurposed remotely to do something different from the original mission. That’s why it is of critical importance to detect and remove the malware before it has unleashed all of its malicious potential. The quickest way to deal with the Trojan is to run a full system check with reliable antimalware tool and follow its instructions. Alternatively, you can try to detect and remove the malicious files manually with the help of a detailed removal guide like the one that you will find below. Just make sure you don’t experiment with your Trojan-removal skills if you haven’t dealt with such malware before as you may do more harm than good if you delete the wrong files.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans are very stealthy and normally don’t show visible symptoms that can give them away, thus, detecting them can be hard without the help of reliable security software.|
|Distribution Method||Criminals often distribute Trojans via malicious web ads, spam email messages, infected attachments, torrents and illegal websites.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Ensiko Malware Removal
If you are looking for a way to remove Ensiko 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 Ensiko and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Ensiko as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Ensiko 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!