If you have detected Lemon Duck on your computer, then you are dealing with what is known as a Trojan horse virus. Lemon Duck is therefore among the most dangerous types of threats you may encounter on the web.
Furthermore, Lemon Duck is very stealthy, like the vast majority of other representatives of this malware class. And for this reason, you can give yourself a pat on the back for discovering it in your system. It’s not uncommon for threats of this type to conceal themselves and remain hidden away on the infected machines over very long periods of time, avoiding any kind of detection.
This is largely what has contributed to Trojan horse viruses becoming the most numerous type of malicious code on the internet. According to some experts, Trojans like Lemon Duck are responsible for up to 90% of all malware attacks that occur, year after year.
The Lemon Duck Malware
Trojans like the Lemon Duck malware are also very often employed as backdoors for other malicious threats, typically ransomware. In addition, Trojan horses can also exploit your system’s resources to turn your computer into a bot. And this, in turn, may help the Lemon Duck malware mine cryptocurrencies on your machine, for example, or infect other computers with malware, etc.
And then the other main advantage that Trojans have over other kinds of viruses is their unique versatility. Any Trojan has the capacity of fulfilling a very long list of different harmful tasks. It’s so long, in fact, that we won’t possibly be able to cover all the possible usages within this brief post. But we can aim to outline the most common ones so you at least have some idea of what you might be dealing with when faced with Lemon Duck.
Lemon Duck and other variants of the same type can be used to collect sensitive and private information from the computers of their victims. This can be achieved by means of logging your keystrokes and thus gaining access to all information typed via your keyboard. Alternatively, Lemon Duck may hijack your traffic and reroute it through the cybercriminals’ servers, which will give them access directly to everything you do online. And then another option is that the virus may tap into your mic and/or webcam to allow the hackers to watch and listen in on you during your daily activities. What the obtained information will be used for, on the other hand, is up to the hackers’ imagination.
But whatever the purpose of Lemon Duck on your computer is, it should most certainly be removed as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. Below we have put together a detailed removal guide to walk you through the steps necessary to locate and remove this malware variant from your PC. So be sure to follow them closely and exactly as described. This is highly important as the process may involve dealing with system files, and accidentally deleting the wrong component may result in permanent damage to your OS.
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.
Lemon Duck Malware Removal
If you are looking for a way to remove Lemon Duck 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 Lemon Duck and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Lemon Duck as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Lemon Duck 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!