GDIView Virus


GDIView

GDIView is malicious software that can infect most computers and manipulate critical OS files and processes without being detected. Viruses such as GDIView are classified as Trojans and are spread primarily through disguise, thus, they should be removed as soon as they get detected.

GDIView

The GDIView virus install some adware, browser hijacker or PUA

The majority of computer users have certainly heard of the Trojan Horse viruses, but few of them are really familiar with the malicious abilities of these threats. Trojans have long been among the most destructive and common malware groups and are currently used to carry out a broad range of criminal deeds.

The GDIView Virus

One of the latest Trojan Horse viruses that has been identified by security experts is distributed under the name of the GDIView virus and, on this page, we will tell you everything you need to know about it. The GDIView virus is very recent and has a great chance of silently slipping inside a number of computers without prompting a security warning.

Trojans like this one or Yixspeedup are known to use camouflage to access their victims’ machines, which further complicates their identification by security programs. However, since you are on this page, we assume that you have probably found something odd that prompted you to suspect there might be a Trojan named GDIView  on your computer.

In general, most Trojans are very stealthy and do not show any signs of contamination, neither at the moment they slip inside the computer, nor when executing their dangerous processes and tasks. Nevertheless, in certain cases, if users are observant, threats like GDIView may be spotted thanks to some giveaway symptoms.

What is GDIView?

Now, speaking about symptoms, we have to explain that there is no such a thing like “Trojan Horse symptoms” since these pieces of malware don’t have any particular indicators that are specifically linked to their presence and their activities. Malicious programs like GDIView may perform different harmful tasks once inside the system, thus, their symptoms may greatly vary depending on what exactly they are up to.

Excessive usage of system resources due to an unauthorized or unknown process which is not connected to the software you operate might be one of the possible red flags that a Trojan is secretly operating in the background of your OS. The problem is that this is not a criteria, since even a legit system process can often be connected to a Trojan infection because certain Trojans can hijack and use regular machine processes as disguise for their malicious operation.

Any changes in your regular RAM and CPU usage, as well as modifications in your files, your apps and your system configurations, however, should be treated with care and should be addressed accordingly because they may be a potential indication for an infection.

Errors, crashes, freezing, Blue Screen of Death and other unusual computer issues or system instability should also be taken seriously as they may be triggered by a Trojan such as GDIView.

If you detect other viruses inside the computer, for example Ransomware, Spyware, or some other malicious programs, you should know that one of the ways they might have sneaked inside your OS is through a Trojan backdoor. Thus, your best course of action, in case you detect something suspicious, is to run a full system scan with reliable security program and remove all the files that are flagged as malicious.

SUMMARY:

Name GDIView
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Depending on its criminal agenda,  a Trojan may trigger different system issues, software errors, crashes and instability.
Distribution Method Criminals may often spread Trojans through malvertisements, spam, infected web links, and torrents.
Detection Tool

Remove GDIView Virus

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

Note that this might not get rid of GDIView 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

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.

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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

    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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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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