Kinsing Malware


Kinsing

Kinsing is a malicious computer program that uses disguise to enter its victims’ computers and then launch various harmful processes. Kinsing can be described as a Trojan horse virus that can be used differently depending on what the hackers controlling it are after.

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The Kinsing Malware’s primary purpose is to mine cryptocurrency

Trojan horses have been around for a very long time and it is likely that all of this article’s readers have, at one point or another, heard about this infamous category of malware. However, not all Trojans are the same and while some could easily be detected by most antivirus programs, others, especially newer ones such as Kinsing , could silently infect any computer (even those protected by high-quality security programs) and conduct all sorts of harmful actions.

One of the key characteristics of this malware type is that its representatives are quite versatile and can be tasked with the completion of many different criminal goals. At the current moment, the information we have about Kinsing doesn’t allow us to confidently tell you the ultimate purpose of this threat, yet we can still give you an idea of what could be expected if this virus enters a given computer.

The Kinsing Malware

The versatility of the Trojan Horse viruses oftentimes makes them and the damage they could cause unpredictable, especially when the threat is as new as the Kinsing Malware. Still, there are certain tendencies of how Trojans tend to be used.

One particularly common way of using a Trojan virus is disguising the threat as a program many users would willingly download onto their computers. Once the user opens the disguised virus, the Trojan would demand Admin privileges and since the victim doesn’t know he or she is dealing with malware, they are likely to provide the requested privileges. After that, the virus would be free to do anything in the system. Usually, the access given to the malware is used for forcing the computer to carry out tasks such as Bitcoin mining for the hackers or spam email distribution. In those cases, the user is likely to notice the unwanted activities but they’d be powerless to stop them because the Trojan won’t allow it as long as it stays in the system. In most cases, such activities drain the computer’s resources and cause slow-downs, freezes, errors, and, in the more severe cases, BSOD crashes.

Another common way Trojans are being used nowadays is to secretly deliver Ransomware to victims’ computers. In those cases, the Trojan plays a secondary role and the primary threat is the file-locking Ransomware.

A third thing some Trojans are able to do is spy on their victims. Any sensitive personal information gained by a Trojan could be used in harmful ways that could lead to various unforeseen consequences for the user.

These three examples are only a small portion of all the possible things a Trojan could be used to complete. Even though we can’t tell you what Kinsing might do if it’s in your machine, we strongly advise you to not wait for the results of the infection. Instead, use the instructions we provide here and remove the threat before it has completed its agenda.

SUMMARY:

Name Kinsing
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Trojans usually don’t show symptoms, but may sometimes lead to system slowdowns, unusual errors, as well as freezes and BSOD crashes.
Distribution Method Trojans are usually disguised as pirated programs or games and can sometimes be found inside spam messages and fake ads.
Detection Tool

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Remove Kinsing Malware

If you are looking for a way to remove Kinsing 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 Kinsing and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall Kinsing as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of Kinsing 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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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. 

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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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Scan Results


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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!

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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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