This page aims to help you remove Ismo.exe. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
Trojans are an extremely dangerous malware category that is also extremely common. Today’s article is dedicated to one of the more recent variants of this virus type – Ismo.exe. And if this has also become the reason for you to land on this page, then you’d best stay and continue reading. We have attempted to collect all the most important details regarding this specific Trojan horse virus, but also about others of its type. Here you will learn about the most likely way you may have gotten infected, as well as what Ismo.exe may be up to on your machine. But what’s more important is that we will also provide you with the necessary instructions that will help you remove the nasty virus from your computer. You can find them organized in our special removal guide on this same page, just below the article.
What makes Trojans as dangerous as they are?
You will hardly be able to find a virus category out there as infamous as Trojans. And for that matter you will also have trouble finding an internet user, who’s never heard of the term. That is because Trojans are infinitely diverse in the types of malicious tasks they are able to perform. And they’re also incredibly stealthy, able to go unnoticed for months and even years on a victim’s PC. That is what has made them an invaluable tool to hackers and cybercriminals. Here’s just a rough sketch of the possible things Ismo.exe may capable of doing on your machine:
- Involving your computer in a botnet and using it do infect other machines with malware or distribute spam. This is more common than you think, with some 15% of all computers (with or without the knowledge of their owners) being used as bots.
- Destroying files or your system in general. Trojans are genuinely capable of wreaking havoc on your computer, regardless of the purpose. They can be delicate and only delete separate files, or they can format your disks and drives, completely erasing everything from them. In some instances, they can even cause such severe damage that you won’t be able to use your PC at all.
- Trojans can be used as a means to spy on you without your knowing. Using elaborate techniques, which include but aren’t limited to monitoring your screen, keystroke logging, mic and webcam hacking, viruses like Ismo.exe are very much able to allow cybercriminals to look into both your online and offline life.
- Another very common usage of Trojan horse viruses is theft. Malware of this type can employ means consistent with those mentioned above to steal valuable information from you. They can gain access to your login details, passwords, personal information, etc. In some instances viruses like this have even been known to direct the entire traffic of their victims to the hackers’ servers, making everything they think they’re entering into their browsers or other online programs – visible to the cybercriminals.
- Acting as backdoors to let in other viruses in your system. With this one, you’re likely to have experienced the consequences already, but it’s not uncommon for Trojans to invade a computer with the sole purpose of introducing another piece of malware, like ransomware.
Ismo.exe Virus Removal
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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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!
As scary as all of this sounds, it’s pretty amazing just how simple it is to avoid the majority of infections with programs like Ismo.exe and others. After you’ve removed this virus, it’s paramount that you take all the necessary precautions to never end up in a situation like this again. One good way of doing that is upgrading to a more powerful/ trustworthy antimalware tool and using it to frequently scan your system. But aside from that, you should also learn to recognize and avoid potential malware sources, such as spam emails and other spam messages and even suspicious online ads. Those two are actually the most common means of distribution of not only Trojans, but also other virus types, such as the aforementioned ransomware. Never open or interact with spam, especially not with their attachments and try to only stick to reliable websites. With that in mind be sure to also be just as careful with your download sources, as well as the content you download.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans rarely exhibit any noticeable symptoms, but can sometimes cause frequent BSOD crashes, PC slowdowns, unknown processes in your Task Manager, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, fake system requests, malvertisements, infected downloadable content, etc.|
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