GraceWire is a sneaky virus threat that can enter your system without notice and start various detrimental processes without your consent. Experts call GraceWire a Trojan horse virus because of its usage of covert techniques and its flexibility.
Programs from the Trojan horse category such as GraceWire, Wup.exe and Lodi represent a serious danger for both Windows and macOS computers. These threats are among the most common and widespread computer malware and they are typically associated with some of the worst malicious actions. Theft of personal information, espionage, banking fraud, and total system corruption are just some of the possible harmful effects that may follow the contamination with a Trojan.
That’s why, in order to have a better chance to counteract these threats successfully and to protect your computer in the best possible way, you need to know a bit more about the Trojan’s capabilities, as well as the infection tactics they use. In this post, we will also explain you how to remove GraceWire as one of the latest representatives. So, stay with us till the end to find out more.
The GraceWire Trojan
If you are about to deal with a Trojan-based infection such as GraceWire, you should know that it may take some time before this piece of malware is found in the system. In fact, threats like GraceWire are known to operate in stealth and not to show any visible symptoms of their presence for extended periods of time.
In the event that your antivirus has not detected any threat but you have a reason to believe that you may have been attacked by GraceWire, know that the symptoms caused by this threat can vary considerably depending on how the malicious actors that control it decide to use it. For example, if GraceWire is programmed to spy on you and collect sensitive private information from your computer, there may be no overly obvious signs of its presence on your computer. The infection can silently hide in the background of the system and keep track of everything you do, and, when commanded, send it to remote servers controlled by hackers.
In case that the Trojan tries to do some other things, however, there might be some quite disturbing and apparent symptoms such as sudden system crashes (Blue Screen of Death), various software errors, serious system slowdowns and screen freezes. Such symptoms may potentially occur if GraceWire tries to corrupt your system and/or take over your computer to complete various malicious tasks like spam, virus or ransomware distribution, or Bitcoin mining. In general, this virus may differ considerably in symptoms and potential applications. In certain instances, you may not even know that your computer has been compromised while in others you may face the devastating effects of the Trojan instantly. The important thing is to act quickly and use a reliable antimalware tool or a detailed removal guide to correctly detect and remove GraceWire.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans may sometimes trigger unusual system or software errors and sudden crashes, but in general, they don’t have specific symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious actors commonly distribute Trojans via spam messages, infected emails, cracked software installers and different pirated materials.|
GraceWire Trojan Removal
If you are looking for a way to remove GraceWire 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 GraceWire and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall GraceWire as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of GraceWire 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!