Kbot Malware



Here, we will focus on the recently released Kbot Trojan Horse, and we will inform our readers about the dangers that it represents, the methods it may use to infect more systems, and the actions you can take in order to have it removed from your system. Kbot can track your keystrokes, collect information, pass codes, and login credentials, destroy files and insert other malicious files inside the compromised computer.

Kbot Malware

The Kbot Malware can steal your credentials

Make sure to read all the information available on this page so as to be well prepared in case such an infection comes your way. For those of you who already have Kbot in their systems, and need assistance with its removal, you can find the needed help within the removal guide we’ve posed at the bottom of the article.

Kbot – possible ways it can infect you

Most Trojans are threats in disguise, and they need the user to interact with their file in order to infect the system. Though it may sometimes be difficult to tell if a given piece of data is safe or if it is a hidden Trojan, there are some signs that may help you decide whether to open a given file or to delete it.

The first thing you need to consider is the origin of the file. More often than not, the files of Trojan Horses like Kbot would originate from sketchy sites, or may even get sent to you via spam email letters, misleading social media messages, and so on. If you have accidentally downloaded a file from some obscure site, or after opening a spam message, it’s best to delete the said file, as it may contain malware. The same applies to anything that gets downloaded on your computer after you interact with any clickbait ads, questionable links, too-good-to-be-true Internet offers, and so on.

A particularly common source of Trojans are the various forms of pirated content that many users willingly download. Downloading pirated software is not only illegal, but it could potentially result in the infection of your machine with malware such as Trojans if the piece of data you download is actually a Trojan in disguise. Therefore, make sure to only interact with content that is reliable, and download stuff from safe sources.

Potential damage caused by Trojan Horse threats

We could write a whole separate article describing the various types of harm that Trojans can cause. They could be used in espionage schemes, they may monitor what you do on your computer, obtain your passwords, banking numbers, spy on your conversations, and even take pictures and capture videos of you if they manage to hack into your webcam. In other instances, these threats may use your computer as a cryptocurrency-mining tool, draining all of its resources, and making the machine unusable to you. Ransomware viruses oftentimes get distributed through the help of Trojan Horse backdoors, so there’s another possibility. We can go on and on about the different ways a Trojan can harm you, but the most important thing you should take away from this is that you can’t afford to lose time! Make sure you get rid of the malware ASAP if it’s in your system – the guide below can help you do that.


Name Kbot
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Such malware oftentimes remains unnoticed due to its usual lack of visible symptoms.
Distribution Method Trojans typically get distributed via spam letters, misleading ads, and pirated content.
Detection Tool

Remove Kbot Malware

If you are looking for a way to remove Kbot you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for Kbot and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall Kbot as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of Kbot 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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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).

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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. 

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    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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    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.

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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 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!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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