FaceStealer Malware

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FaceStealer

It’s somewhat difficult to determine the exact type of damage that a Trojan like FaceStealer might cause due to its versatile and multifunctional nature. For instance, FaceStealer might corrupt your machine’s system and data, but it might also spy on you or download other malicious programs onto the machine.

FaceStealer Malware
The FaceStealer malware might be put inside a pirated software installer or attached to a spam e-mail in the form of a file or a link

Nobody wants to get their computer infected by a Trojan horse virus and yet the attacks from such malware threats are some of the most common ones. Trojan viruses, in general, are among the most harmful and problematic, as well as among the most widespread cyber threats out there. And if that’s not enough, newer versions and representatives of this malware group seem to pop up pretty much every week (if not every day).

A lot of users find it difficult to keep their computers safe and secure against such malicious programs and things get even worse after an infection with a Trojan has occurred because it might be really difficult to detect and remove the malware before it has completed its insidious task. With all that said, it should be painfully obvious that you really need to take care of your machine’s security and ensure that your system stays protected against any potential Trojan horse threats that might be coming your way.

Also, we understand that a lot of visitors of this site come with hopes of finding help for malware infections that have already occurred on their computers. For instance, there is one particularly nasty Trojan horse virus called FaceStealer that was recently released and is likely the reason why a lot of you have landed on this page in search of help against it. Fortunately, we might be able to offer you such help with our removal guide manual for the FaceStealer threat that you can find further down on this page. The manual steps from the guide will hopefully enable you to locate any data on your PC that is associated with the infection and remove it so that the virus can no longer operate inside your system.

Specifics of Trojan horse threats

The sneaky nature of virus programs like FaceStealer and Energy.exe plays a major role in their ability to infect most computers without getting intercepted. The typical things about such threats is that they are distributed with the help of some kind of disguise. For instance, the malware might be put inside a pirated software installer or attached to a spam e-mail in the form of a file or a link. Malvertisements and fake web requests are also commonly used to trick users into interacting with the malware’s carrier.

Another particularly unpleasant aspect of Trojan infections is that they are difficult to notice and might oftentimes lack visible symptoms. Still, unusual system behavior might give them away so be on the lookout for increased use of RAM, GPU and CPU, as well as sudden crashes or unusual errors that seem to be occurring without an apparent reason. An antivirus program could prove to be really helpful for spotting Trojans so bear that in mind and consider getting one if you don’t currently have an antivirus.

SUMMARY:

NameFaceStealer
TypeTrojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
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Remove FaceStealer Malware

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

Note that this might not get rid of FaceStealer 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


Step1

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).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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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. 

    Step3

     

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

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    Step4

     

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    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    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:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Step5

     

    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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    About the author

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    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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