Limited PCAP is a malicious program that is capable of running different unrelated harmful activities on the computer it infects. Due to its versatility, Limited PCAP is considered a Trojan horse and should be removed from the system immediately.
Trojan-based viruses are dreaded by millions of web users because they can attack a computer in many ways. Sometimes, they may attempt to spy on their victims by hacking into their web camera and/or microphone and secretly recording videos and audios through them. Trojans may also aim to capture private details from the infected machine and provide their criminal creators with the users’ passwords, login credentials, online banking details, credit or debit card numbers and other information that can be used for abuse, theft and online crimes. Some infections of this category may even be utilized by hackers to deliberately detect system vulnerabilities and insert other malicious applications such as Ransomware and Rootkits on the compromised computer through them. In this article, we will concentrate on a recently reported Trojan horse virus called Limited PCAP that has become very popular in recent phishing e-mail campaigns and is currently a reason for concern for a significant number of web users. If you have detected this particular threat on your computer, it is best to remain on this page and read on the information that follows because below we will tell you what to expect from such an infection and how to remove it on your own.
The most common carriers of Trojan horse infections such as LimitedPCAP include infected spam messages, contaminated online advertisements, free software installers, torrents, pirated content and illegal websites. However, LimitedPCAP can infect your system in many other ways, especially if you have the habit of clicking on random pop-up notifications, different flashy web offers and sketchy links that redirect you to unknown web locations.
Sadly, in most cases, the danger comes concealed in a legitimate-looking message or a link from a trustworthy site that even an experienced web user can bait on. And on top of that, there usually are no visible symptoms that can indicate the contamination or the presence of the Trojan in the system. That’s why Trojan viruses like Limited PCAP, NumidaPCAP, UsualsPCAP and PlazyPCAP can compromise computers almost without being noticed and can remain there for long periods of time, silently running a number of malicious processes and tasks in the background.
Commonly cybercriminals use Trojans as tools that help them acquire specific information from their victims. For instance, a threat like Limited PCAP can be set to search the entire system for specific file types and transfer them to remote servers. Or it can also be programmed to keep track of the victim’s keystrokes in order to provide the hackers with passwords, credit or debit card numbers, login credentials and other sensitive data that can later be used for theft, fraud, blackmail and harassment. Such malicious software may also be used to secretly execute a variety of damaging tasks such as corruption, modification or deletion of data, insertion of other malicious programs (especially Ransomware and Spyware) and viruses, system destruction and more. Beware, that after they have attacked a given computer in a certain way, some Trojans can be remotely repurposed to do something other than their initial task. This means that for as long as the infection is present on the computer, it can keep launching malicious processes one after the other. That’s why the best you can do in case that you have been infected with Limited PCAP is to make sure that you detect and remove it without losing time.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||In most cases there are no visible symptoms of the infection in the system, thus users may need to rely on professional software to locate the Trojan.|
|Distribution Method||Malvertising is a common method used to distribute Trojans across the web, but they can also be found in spam messages and infected email attachments.|
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Uninstall Limited PCAP Virus
If you are looking for a way to remove Limited PCAP 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 Limited PCAP and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Limited PCAP as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Limited PCAP 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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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:
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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.
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!