Graftor Malware Removal (Sept. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Graftor Malware. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

The theme of today’s article is one very common malware infection – that inflicted by Graftor Malware. This Trojan version might be used for plenty of awful purposes and might really cause serious harm to your PC and to you personally. In the following passages we are trying to elaborate on all the characteristics of this form of malware and to provide some helpful advice on how to counteract such infections safely and successfully. Furthermore, there are some more general tips about keeping your PC in shape. We hope that this text contains exactly the information you now need for the removal of the ongoing contamination, and preventing your system from catching such viruses in the future. Even though in the cyber world at the present moment there are many different malicious programs, the virus family we are talking about here, the Trojans, and its standard representative Graftor Malware, are the ones to blame for the biggest number of malware-caused infections ever registered so far.

Why are these viruses called Trojans?

Really, the name ‘Trojans’ comes from the popular story about the Trojan War. This term is used for this malware because of the normal way it is likely to act. And it is almost the same as the way the wooden horse supposedly acted when it entered Troy. At first sight, this malware might appear harmless, however, and then it may end up damaging your system to a serious extent. Normally, such viruses stay hidden inside your PC before the exact time comes for them to do whatever malicious task they have been programmed to.

What are the likely usages of a virus such as Graftor Malware?

Usually, such malware is set to harm you and/or your device in one way or another. An example is that the cyber criminals that create such malicious programs may make them destroy data and format your disks. In this case, the victim user might lose essential info and files. Another possible usage of Graftor Malware may have is to keep track of all of the victim user’s personal details that one enters online. No credentials or accounts are ever safe. Therefore, you could end up broke or all your social media accounts can be hijacked, changed or exploited for illegal activities by the hackers who control the virus. Another horrifying thing, which any known Trojans might have been set to accomplish is to benefit from your system resources. Your computer might be transformed into a bot and all its system resources could be used by the scammers for the distribution of spam and other kinds of malware. All of the known Trojan usages are truly terrible and, honestly, one of the most awful probable scenarios that could take place is to become a victim of some of the illegal activities explained above.

Graftor Malware Removal


 

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

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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

Probable sources of standard Trojan horse viruses

These malware versions might have as many likely sources as their possible purposes could be. You may get to personally know such viruses in case you aren’t careful enough while handling the content of your email. Any shady letter or any of its attachments (images and documents; as well as .exe files) could be transporting a Trojan horse virus. Furthermore, the fake advertisements that every website on the Internet could broadcast may redirect you to locations, contaminated by malware and you may get infected automatically. Another place you may come across Graftor Malware is, for example, on any illegal webpage that shares films, videos, software or other pirated data for free.

Does prevention really matter?

Our sincere advice is to develop some proper habits when it comes to surfing the web. What we believe is the best tip is not to completely trust anything that comes to you online. It is always better to use only few software sources with a really good reputation than to go and download programs and apps from not really trustworthy web locations. Also, it is indeed essential that you open only the electronic mails from senders you personally know and trust; and never download any attachments if you are not sure what they are. Moreover, avoid all the suspicious torrents, movies, web pages or programs you can find on the Internet.

Is the removal of Graftor Malware possible?

Fortunately, we have designed some elaborate instructions to help you remove this Trojan and you can find them below the following table.

SUMMARY:

Name Graftor
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Really no visible malicious effects before the virus does whatever it is programmed to.
Distribution Method Via fake OS requests, all forms of spam (mainly emails) and shareware/ torrents/ streaming web pages.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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