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Incaseformat Virus


Incaseformat

Incaseformat is a Trojan-based application that can take over the targeted computer and corrupt any software and data that is stored on it. As a typical Trojan, Incaseformat may also steal personal information or inject external malware within the infected computer, such as Ransomware or Spyware.

Incaseformat

The Incaseformat Virus

As we said, this virus belongs to the group of Trojan Horses, so it is supposed to be transmitted stealthily by numerous types of web content that serve as disguise. In the majority of cases, the victims of Incaseformat don’t know that what they are letting in their computers is a dangerous Trojan Horse virus. In addition, there are typically no visible signs of the infection, at least not until the malware has completed its malicious agenda. Therefore, the victims are usually not be aware of the attack on their device for quite some time.

Many people believe that having an up-to-date antivirus app is all that is needed to protect the computer from this malware. However, that is not always the case, especially with newly released threats such as Incaseformat.

Indeed, there are high-quality antivirus programs that can detect and remove Trojan Horse threats very well, but they are effective only against those threats that have already been listed in their virus databases. Incaseformat, though, is a very recent infection and its virus definitions may not have yet been included in the databases of a number of antivirus applications that are otherwise reliable. So, even if you have a high-quality protection program with the most recent updates, it might still not be able to find and remove the malware and in this case, you will need to use a professional removal tool if you want to deal with Incaseformat as soon as possible.

How will Incaseformat be identified in the system?

Sadly, there are no specific ways to figure out if a Trojan like Incaseformat has infected your machine. Depending on what the malware is programmed to do while inside your computer, however, there may be some indications that may warn you that something isn’t quite right on your system.

For example, if the Trojan is used as a tool of espionage, there might be no symptoms at all. The malware may silently keep track on your keystrokes, your screen, and all your online and offline activity without triggering any visible indications of its presence. However, if the Trojan is programmed to corrupt your OS, you may start to experience system issuers, software errors, sudden crashes, significant slowdowns and general instability that may serve as red flags.

An infection like Incaseformat may also insert other viruses inside the computer, such as Ransomware, and if that happens, you will notice that your files suddenly become inaccessible. A ransom-demanding notification may also appear on your screen.

If some of your files have been removed or if your applications have had their settings modified without your permission, this could also mean an infection with a Trojan Horse.

The main thing is that, once you detect the infection, you do not waste any time and take all the required steps to remove it in order to stop it from messing with your computer any further.

SUMMARY:

Name Incaseformat
Type Trojan
Detection Tool

Incaseformat Virus Removal

Trojan Horses like Incaseformat are hard to deal with but it doesn’t harm to try to remove them with the following quick instructions:

  1. Tap on the Windows Start button. 
  2. Then, from the menu, select Control Panel and navigate to Programs and Features.
  3. Then, in Programs and Features select Uninstall a Program.
  4. Search for Incaseformat and if you detect it, Uninstall it.
  5. Search for other unfamiliar or questionable-looking programs and uninstall them as well.

Attention! Keep in mind that even if you detect and uninstall Incaseformat from the Control Panel, this may not rid you of the Trojan completely. That’s why we adivse you to use the more detailed instrucitons in the guide below for a complete removal.


Step1

Attention! There will be steps in this guide that will require you to exit your browser. In order to get back to this page and complete the removal of Incaseformat, make sure that you Bookmark it before you proceed further.

To ensure the quick and easier removal of the Trojan, it is best to reboot the infected computer in Safe Mode . Use the instructions from the guide in the active link for that and then come back to this guide when you successfully enter Safe Mode.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

The actual removal process of Incaseformat starts with detecting the processes related to the Trojan and stopping them. For that, you need to first press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys from the keyboard in order to open the Windows Task Manager. Once you enter it, click on the Processes Tab and try to find wich of the processes that you see are malicious. Keep in mind that the Trojan may use disguise and hide under fake processes that look legitimate.

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That’s why the best way to check a process that seems quiestionable is to right click on it and select Open File Location. Then drop the files that are found in that location in our free online virus scanner and run a scan with it:

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    When you see the results, you will know if the tested process and its related files are really malicious or not.

    End the processes whose files get flagged as dangerous by going back to the Processes tab, right-clicking on it and selecting the “End process tree” option. Then delete  the folders that contain the dangerous files.

    Step3

    When you are sure that there are not malicious processes left in the Task Manager, go back to the desktop and hold together the Start and R. This will launch a Run window on the screen where you have to type appwiz.cpl in the empty text field. 

    appwiz

    Click OK to run the command that you’ve just typed and this will launch the Control Panel. What you have to do there is to look for questionable or suspicious-looking entries and unisntall them.

    In case that a window like the one below pops-up on your screen, when you click Uninstall on a given entry, make sure that you choose NO:

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    Step4

    Once there are no questionable entries in the Control Panel, it is time to head to the System Configuration app. The quickest way to launch it is to type msconfig in the windows search field and hit enter. 

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    Select the Startup tab as it is shown on the image and carefully check the entries that have a checkmar in this list. Trojans like Incaseformat tend to add some Startup apps that help them run when the system starts. You have to detect those apps and Uncheck them. Apps that have “Unknown” Manufacturer should best be carefully researched, as they may be part of the threat.

    Important! if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware or some other malware) is on your PC, make sure that you follow these steps:

    Press the Start and R keys from the keyboard together and copy  the following command in the Run box that pops up. 

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    Hit the Enter key to execute the command. As soon as you do so, the Hosts file on your computer should open. The Hosts file is a simple text file that can give you important information about whether your computer is hacked or not. In order to check that, go to the end of the file where it is written “Localhost” and check for different suspicious-looking IP addresses under Localhost. The image below can give you a clearer idea on what to look for:

    hosts_opt (1)

    Important! Please, write to us in the comments if you detect questionable IPs under Localhost in your Hosts file!

    Step5

    Finally, you need to find and remove any entires that Incaseformat may have added to the Registry. For that you need to first open the Registry Editor by pressing Start and R keys from the keyboard, typing regedit in the Run box and hitting Enter. When the Editor launches, use the Find function (CTRL+F key combination) to find the Trojan by typing its name in the empty text field. Click on the Find Next button and make sure that you delete every entry that gets found with that or a similar name.

    When no more entries are found in this way, go manually to these directories and delete them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/A directory with odd or a questionable name. 
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/A directory with odd or a questionable name.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/A directory with odd or a questionable name.

    If after you complete all the instructions above there are still traces of the Trojan on your computer, use the professional removal tool that we recommend to scan the entire system and remove any hidden files that you have not detected. 

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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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