Korplug Malware

Korplug

Korplug is a damaging malware program that can secretly initiate a number of harmful processes in the computers it infects after gaining Admin privileges in them. Korplug belongs to the Trojan Horse family of viruses and oftentimes scammers try to use it to blackmail their victims.

Korplug

The Korplug malware would harm the computer system to the point where the machine could no longer be used

The Internet is full of dishonest people who would gladly take your money by tricking you on some way if given the chance. There are numerous types of online schemes that are used to extort big amounts of money from the more gullible and from the ones that are easily-deceived . One very common money extortion scheme is the one that uses threatening phishing e-mails to lure the targeted victims into sending money to the blackmailer in hopes of saving their computers from a supposed malware infection.

Recently, we have received reports about an increase of the cases in which such type of scam scheme gets used to trick more and more web users. This is how it all normally goes: the victim is sent a spam e-mail, stating that their computer has been attacked by a Trojan Horse virus that is now lying dormant in the machine, waiting to attack the computer. If the user refuses to issue a ransom payment to the blackmailer, the latter would activate the Trojan and would use it for something malicious. This is where the actual threat may differ. Sometimes, the user may be told that the virus has gathered sensitive info about them and that the said info would be send to all of the victim’s contacts. In other cases, the threat may be that the infection would harm the computer system to the point where the machine could no longer be used. It’s also possible that the blackmailers tell you that they have access to your banking accounts and will drain them and/or block your credit/debit card. In most such cases, however, claims like that are nothing but a bluff. Still, even if you believe there may indeed be a hidden Trojan in your computer such as the new Korplug malware program, it’s much better to try to remove it yourself instead of opting for the payment. To help you with the removal of any potential infection with Korplug or Bloom.exe, we’ve prepared a guide that you will see below:

The Korplug Malware

The Korplug malware really is something you need to be careful with if it’s inside your computer. The only reason we are telling you about the danger that the Korplug malware and other similar Trojans represent is in order to ensure you take the necessary precautions to keep your computer out of harm.

Again, even if you’ve received such a phishing e-mail and even if you suspect your machine may actually have been infected, it’s still a bad idea to opt for the ransom transfer. Instead, use the steps from the guide in this article and also maybe consider scanning your machine with the security tool linked on this page as this is a much more reliable way of cleaning your computer from any potential malware hazards compared to sending big amounts of money to shady and anonymous online figures.

SUMMARY:

Name Korplug
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Sometimes, a Trojan may cause your system to operate slower or to experience freezes and BSOD crashes.
Distribution Method  Pirated content from illegal sites is the most typical method for Trojan Horse distribution.
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Remove Korplug Malware

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

Note that this might not get rid of Korplug 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


Step1

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).

Step2

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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    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. 

    Step3

    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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    Step4

    To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

    If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
    a professional malware removal tool.

    More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

    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.

    Step5

    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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    About the author

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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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