Today’s article is devoted to Installcore – a new Trojan Horse variant which can harm your system in a very serious way. If you’ve discovered that this particular threat has sneaked inside your PC, then the information here will be very useful to you. Our goal is to inform our readers about the consequences Installcore may have on their systems, as well as about the way to locate it, and remove it from there.
For instance, the Trojans are often used to corrupt or delete information on the computer of the victim. They can format all of your disks, and drives easily, wiping them clean of everything that you have stored on them, trojans are among the most notorious and advanced computer viruses that could be met online.
This can be achieved through different methods, and for different purposes. Basically, the attacker wants to deprive you of some important files, documents, or digital information that you have.
The Installcore Malware
Trojans such as Installcore are multi-functional malware instruments that can be used for different damaging operations. You probably want to know the exact purpose of Installcore on your machine, but, sadly, nobody can tell you what this infection can do until it actually completes its agenda.
Another common use for infections like Installcore is for espionage and robbery. Advanced Trojans like this one can function on your PC as the hackers’ eyes and ears. They can secretly hack into your webcam and watch you or listen to your conversations through your microphone. This way, the criminals behind the infection can acquire a lot of information about your home, or office environment, collect private and professional data about you, and spy on all of your activities. This can be performed for stalking purposes, or for the purposes of virtual theft and even physical robbery.
Sometimes, the hackers may decide to use the Trojan virus in your system in order to exploit the resources of your PC for whatever purpose. For example, they may turn your computer into a bot, and use it to secretly distribute spam from it, or to infect other computers within your network.
Also, the Trojan can be used as a backdoor for other malware. An infection of this kind can easily serve as a support tool for the distribution of various viruses, and stealthy infections such as Ransomware or Spyware. That’s why, in case you suspect that Installcore has sneaked inside your system, you should take immediate actions to remove it.
How to protect your system?
Social engineering is a common way to infect people with Trojans such as Installcore. Specifically, with this type of malware, spam emails are probably the most successful method of distribution. The malicious payload may be disguised as a message from a well-known company, an online vendor, or even some governmental institution. However, such malware can also be concealed in some type of downloadable content, like a torrent file, a game, an audio file, etc. That’s why it is best to use reliable security software to protect your system, and to remove such threats on time.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans rarely show visible symptoms of their presence, thus, their detection can be very difficult.|
|Distribution Method||Spam, different malicious email attachments, torrents, pirated content, cracked software, illegal websites.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Installcore Malware Removal
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
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).
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:
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!