Trojans are among the most dangerous malicious pieces of software in existence, and Konni is one of their latest representatives. If Konni is in your system, it is crucial that you have it removed as soon as possible.
There’s hardly a web user out there who has never before heard of the term ‘Trojan horse’. And even if you don’t know much about this type of computer viruses, you still probably have some idea about how dangerous they are.
Furthermore, Trojans also happen to be among the most common threats found online, which has also contributed to them being so infamous. In fact, more than 3 out 4 malware attacks that occur over the internet are attributed to Trojan horse viruses like Konni.
And there are a couple of pretty solid reasons why hackers and cyber criminals prefer to employ Trojans for the execution of their evil agendas as opposed to other types of malware.
The Konni Malware
Trojans such as the Konni Malware are notoriously versatile and can be programmed to do a whole range of different tasks. The Konni Malware can steal data from your computer in a number of different ways and is therefore tightly associated with crimes such as identity theft and even just regular theft (e.g. having your bank account wiped clean, etc.).
In addition, variants like Konni are also capable of giving the hackers remote control over your computer and switching on your mic and webcam without your knowledge. Alternatively, Trojans like Konni can also be used to exploit the resources of their victims’ machines. Thus, your computer could now be mining cryptocurrencies, for instance, and sending them to the hackers. Or it may also involve your computer in botnets for the purposes of distributing spam or taking part in large-scale DDoS attacks.
As you can see, the possibilities are pretty much endless. These examples are barely scratching the surface of what a malicious piece like Konni can do.
Another reason why Trojans like Konni are largely preferred by cyber criminals is that they are incredibly stealthy. Most Trojans horse infections have no symptoms at all and there are no signs that would tip the victims off about the presence of a virus.
As a matter of fact, Trojans have been known to be able to hide deep in the system and remain undetected for months and even for years. And obviously, the longer a Trojan can remain in your system, the more damage it can cause.
You might be wondering how you landed Konni in the first place, and there’s no way of knowing for sure. But there are a handful of the most common means of distribution that it’s good to be aware of anyway, in order to avoid them in the future.
Malicious online ads (aka malvertisements) are a very popular means of distributing all sorts of viruses, not just Trojans. But perhaps the most common technique is via phishing emails. Typically they pretend to be sent from well-known companies or financial institutions. And they try to trick users into clicking on a link, downloading or an attachment or taking some similar action, which results in downloading the virus.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans rarely exhibit any symptoms, but on occasion they may cause system slowdowns and BSOD crashes.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, as well as malicious online ads and various unsafe download sources (e.g. torrents, open source download platforms, etc.).|
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Konni Malware Removal
If you are looking for a way to remove Konni 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 Konni and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Konni as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Konni 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!