This page aims to help you remove Finspy Malware. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
In the event that your computer has been infected by Finspy Malware, it’s important to remain calm and do what it necessary to remove the virus from your system. Finspy is a Trojan horse and is therefore one of the most dangerous and also most common virus types on the internet. In fact, Trojans are responsible for a whopping 75% to 80% of all malware infections. And there are a number of very solid reasons for these proportions. First of all, you are currently facing a representative of perhaps the most stealthy malware category invented. Trojans are known to go unnoticed by their victims for weeks, months and even years on end. So, it’s a good thing that you were able to detect this one and you can now take adequate measures to disable it. Below this article we have prepared a detailed removal guide, with the help of which you will be able to locate and remove Finspy Malware together with all its components.
Trojans and their malicious capabilities
The first and most obvious thing you may want to know is what Finspy Malware is doing on your computer. Why is it there? What has it been up to all this time? How harmful can the consequences prove to be? And unfortunately, we cannot provide you with an answer to that. The thing is that Trojan horse viruses are notoriously multifunctional. They have the ability to perform a large variety of different tasks, and there’s no telling what the hackers have programmed this specific Trojan to be doing in this particular case. There are a handful of usages that we come across most often, though, and we would like to list those here for you, so as to give you some perspective as to what the possible consequences may be.
Perhaps the most frequently encountered purpose of a Trojan is data theft. There are numerous ways in which the virus can be programmed to achieve this theft, and can happily be employing more than just one of them at a time. For example, it can log your keystrokes, recording everything you use your keyboard to type. So, the cybercriminals behind Finspy Malware could gain access to passwords, financial details and other sensitive information. There are more elaborate techniques that would enable them to gain full remote access to most of what you do online, too. Another fairly common thing Trojans like this are often programmed to do is spy on their victims. They plant their components deep inside your system and act as the eyes and ears of the hackers behind them – literally. They can hack your webcam, your mic, view your screen, track your location and much more.
Finspy Malware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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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.
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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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
Alternatively, Finspy Malware may have been set to exploit your machine’s resources, which is also not unheard of. In fact, some 15% of all computers in the world have been estimated to be used as bots. And it wouldn’t be surprising if the owners of a large number of those computers were completely oblivious to the fact. This, in turn, could be done for different purposes as well. Your computer could be sending out spam as we speak, or infecting other PCs in its network with this Trojan or other malware. And you have noticed that your electricity bills have gone drastically up in the past few weeks or months, then your machine could be secretly mining cryptocurrencies for the hackers.
And this is only a humble, humble list of all that a Trojan like Finspy can be capable of. But we think it’s clear that it’s not something you want to be around. Therefore the quick and safe removal of the virus is important and should be done as soon as you’re done reading this piece. But after that you should also be quick to implement certain safety measures to ensure that your computer doesn’t get infected again. You can start by installing an antivirus program if you don’t have one or upgrading the existing one. Be sure to always manually install updates for your OS and do not postpone them, as these are vital for the well being and security of your computer. Besides that just try to steer clear of the obvious malware sources, such as illegal websites, sites distributing pirated and adult content, spam emails and online ads especially. Malicious ads are topping the charts of leading malware transmitters, so don’t fall prey to flashy popups and fake system update requests that show up in your browser.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans hardly ever exhibit any symptoms, ut you can sometimes observe odd system behavior such as frequent crashes, involuntary cursor movements, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, fake online ads, infected torrents, illegal and shady websites, etc.|
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!