Killav is an online infection that exploits computer vulnerabilities in order to sneak inside the system. Researchers classified Killav as a Trojan horse virus and hold it responsible for criminal deeds like theft, espionage, system corruption and more.
Killav is a recent addition to the notorious Trojan horse category of malware. Therefore, even advanced and trusted antivirus programs may not be able to detect if when it attacks the computer. The main reason why some security programs can let such new threats slip under their nose lies in the method used to detect incoming malware attacks. A traditional antivirus program would rely on its database in order to identify incoming threats like Trojan.generickdz or Trojan.Gen.MBT . This database is a comprehensive and exhaustive list of known malware threats that allows the security program to identify and retain a particular threat from the list from attacking the computer.
Normally every time a new virus type is developed, the antivirus developers add it to the database. Unfortunately, these updates don’t take place immediately – it is needed some time to carefully research and add a new virus to the antivirus database. It also takes some time for the user to receive an update with information on the new threat from the antivirus program. Until then, the newly published threat would most likely not be stopped by the security software. This means that attacks from recently released Trojans such as Killav may often come out of the blue. People commonly don’t even know that their computer has been compromised and infected. In addition, some Trojans can start antivirus blocking processes on the computer or even prevent the victim from downloading and installing new security software.
The Killav Trojan
To prevent the Killav trojan from hiding inside your computer and have a better chance to detect it in time, you must always pay close attention to any unusual system activity, error or an issue that could serve as a red flag. For instance, if you suspect that the Killav trojan may be on your computer but you are not certain because your antivirus hasn’t notified you about anything yet, it is best to be on the watch for certain things.
In some rare cases, a virus like Killav may cause quite grave disturbances that cannot be easily overlooked. Such are the infamous Blue Screen of Death crashes and frequent system errors without any particular reason – they are often linked to the presence of a Trojan virus in the system.
However, the Trojan may also be almost free of symptoms or have much subtler symptoms. For example, some threats of this kind can slightly increase your computer’s use of CPU, RAM and GPU and start various processes that can be noticed inside the Task Manager. Unfortunately, in most cases, users never realize that something unusual is happening in the background of their system until they face major damage. That’s why the general advice that we can give you is that any abnormalities with the operation and the appearance of your computer should be carefully investigated and removed in time. Ideally, you should run a full system scan with reliable security software because, more often than not, Trojans may insert Ransomware, Spyware and other viruses inside the infected machine without your knowledge. To remove Killav, you can choose between the manual removal guide below or the professional removal tool on this page, both of which can be very helpful in dealing with this new Trojan.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Very rarely, Trojans may cause abnormalities in the operation of the system and lead to crashes, frequent errors or unusually high RAM and CPU usage.|
|Distribution Method||Spam and malicious email attachments are favorite methods for Trojan distribution along with infected web ads, misleading web links, cracked software installers and pirated materials.|
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.
Remove Killav Trojan Virus
If you are looking for a way to remove Killav you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for Killav and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Killav as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Killav 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
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!