This page aims to help you remove FastPOS. These FastPOS removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
FastPOS is s Trojan horse like threat, created specifically to steal credit card information from Point-of-Sale devices. In the article below we are going to explain to you the characteristics and possible negative effects of a virus called FastPOS. It represents one of many versions of Trojan horses. This group of malware has been growing gradually in numbers and has been the cause for almost 80% of the world’s virus contaminations as a whole. Unfortunately, this virus will always strive to stay unnoticed by the user, because its intentions are always shady. In the most typical case of a contamination, such a version of malware stays hidden until all of its plans are fully completed.
FastPOS could be caught from:
- Infected websites – it could come as a drive-by download. It could come as a result of interacting with a malicious payload on a certain webpage. Many torrent and video-sharing pages may contain different viruses.
- A contaminated spam email – FastPOS might be hiding inside the message itself or within one or more of its attachments. It could be lurking inside an archive, an .exe file, an image or even a text document.
- Many Trojans might imitate the analog window that opens on your screen when a program installed on your computer has an important update to be installed. By clicking on “Agree to install” you may incorporate this virus into your system.
- Trojans could be downloaded by clicking on a contagious hyperlink, distributed around the different social media platforms. Once you open such a link, the virus infects your device immediately.
- These malware versions could be hiding in video player windows. They are fake and once you try to play some music or a video, this malware becomes a part of your system.
There might be many more different sources such as shareware, pop-ups leading to contaminated websites or program bundles. The ones above are simply the most common ones. What is also very unfortunate about Trojans is the fact that they might have as many possible usages as the have distribution means. You might never find out about the contamination until the virus achieves its goals.
Trojans in general could serve as:
- A tool for sneaking a version of Ransomware inside your PC. Usually different versions of Trojans get exploited with the purpose of letting a kind of Ransomware inside a given machine through a program or OS vulnerability. Trojans are experts at finding such weak spots and exploiting them for dishonest purposes.
- A means of spreading spam and mining crypto currencies. Such a virus could be exploited with the aim of turning your machine into a bot.
- A tool that helps to hack someone’s computer and benefit from its resources. All kinds of illegal activities could be performed from your PC remotely. Then you may become a suspect of a crime you have had no idea has been committed.
- A means of stealing essential details like social media account credentials, as well as banking credentials and other important details. Your entire identity may be hijacked and you could fall victim of identity theft. Your bank accounts could end up drained and all your social media profiles – hacked. All this can happen as a result of FastPOS and its presence inside your system.
- A tool for crashing computer systems and destroying data. Many hackers just find it entertaining to make fun of innocent users, scare them or torture them by deleting or corrupting something on their computers.
- A way to hack into your workplace’s accounts and steal important data. This activity is called espionage and gets exploited for stealing company secrets.
- A program that keeps track of your key strokes and keeps copies of all the data you enter into your system. Then such data could be used for all kinds of illegal practices.
FastPOS may be deleted via:
- Carefully implementing all the steps inside our special Removal Guide below. It has been assembled with the mere purpose to help infected users.
- Using the corresponding option of your anti-malware tool. Most good-quality anti-virus programs have such features, as well as the ability to detect such threats.
- With some expert’s assistance – you may use our FastPOS removal tool below, which will locate and remove the virus for you.
Such a virus could be avoided if…
…every user learns the efficient implementing of careful and clever surfing. Simply stay away from any possible sources of Trojans and scan your computer for malware threats. Keep the overall condition of your system decent by updating it every time there is a need to. Apply the necessary updates to all the installed programs on it.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Such viruses are difficult to be found before actually harming your machine. No visible signs of contamination, depending on the purpose of the Trojan.|
|Distribution Method||Contaminated emails and their corresponding attachments; fake updates; illegally downloaded software; infected websites; shareware; torrents.|
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).
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
- This step is very important, because you can catch other threats (like Ransomware and Spyware) while looking for the Adware process.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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 all the prior steps fail to help you or you have reason to believe your system is exposed to threats like Ransomware, we advise you to download a professional scanner and remover.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!