KmsdBot Malware


KmsdBot is a Trojan threat that can attack computers without visible symptoms and can launch malicious processes in the background of their system. Hackers may use KmsdBot to spy on their victims, steal confidential information or gain unauthorized access to the entire OS.

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Trojan-based infections are commonly considered to be very flexible and incredibly hard to identify and remove, thus, many web users fear them and don’t know how to effectively deal with a threat of this type. This piece of malware typically infects the computer in secret and launches various malicious processes there without the users’ knowledge or any apparent symptoms that can serve as red flags.

Gateway Anti-Virus Alert

Gateway Anti-Virus Alert will warn you if you are about to visit a site infected with KmsdBot. KmsdBot, in particular is a very problematic Trojan horse virus that has been disturbing a lot of people lately.


Detection Tool

Please follow all the steps below in order to remove KmsdBot!

How to remove KmsdBot

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find KmsdBot in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select KmsdBot from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to KmsdBot.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to KmsdBot.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove KmsdBot from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the KmsdBot extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to KmsdBot and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of KmsdBot on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the KmsdBot extension
  4. Get rid of KmsdBot by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “KmsdBot” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete KmsdBot

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the KmsdBot process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete KmsdBot
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “KmsdBot” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall KmsdBot

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for KmsdBot in there
    4. Uninstall KmsdBot from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Hostingcloud. racing-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to KmsdBot in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random



    What is KmsdBot?

    This malware can be used for espionage, theft of personal details, passwords and login credentials, banking and financial fraud, virus distribution and more. In general, a single Trojan can perform different types of harmful tasks one after the other. Once in the system, it can easily detect existing vulnerabilities and exploit them in a number of ways. For instance, a threat like KmsdBot can act as a backdoor and sneak Ransomware, Spyware and other viruses inside the compromised computer. It can also provide hackers with remote access to everything that is stored in the system, including your data and your software. This Trojan can also allow them to control your web camera, your microphone and your screen and take secret records that can later be used for personal abuse, theft or blackmail.

    Is KmsdBot dangerous?

    Sadly, most antivirus programs are unable to accurately detect new Trojan-based infection such as KmsdBot, Wup.exe, G_jugk.exe if their virus and malware definitions have not been updated for some time or this malware has not been added to their database. The Trojan is practically invisible to the security program in this case and can easily attack the computer without being detected until its definitions are embedded in the database. Thus, an outdated antivirus program is basically useless since it may not alert the victims about the presence of the malware and its activities on the system which makes it even more challenging to recognize and remove Trojan threats in time. The more advanced the security software is and the more frequently its database is updated, however, the better the capacity to defend the computer from the newest cyber threats. That’s why the investment in reliable antivirus and antimalware software is a key factor for the effective protection of your system.
    Unfortunately, if you rely on your observance to catch a threat like KmsdBot you may not be able to detect anything because this malware typically does not show any visible red flags or symptoms of its presence in the system. If not removed on time, however, a single Trojan can be used for a range of criminal deeds which can cause unpredictable damage to the computer. That’s why, no matter what the end goal is, the virus should be eliminated as soon as possible, ideally with the help of the instructions in the removal guide that you will find below.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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