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If you have detected a nefarious piece of malware named Loader.exe in your computer system, and you need help removing it, then you have come to the right site and page – the article you are currently reading will give you some important information about this insidious piece of malware, and the removal guide below it will offer you a detailed explanation of how you can eliminate this Trojan. Yes, Loader.exe is a Trojan Horse virus, and that is why you need to be very careful if it’s in your system.
Trojans such as this one are highly dangerous pieces of malware and may be capable of harming the computer and the user’s virtual privacy in different ways. Below, we will briefly list some of the possible ways in which a malware hazard such as this one could be utilized by its criminal creators.
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 Loader.exe.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Loader.exe.
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 Loader.exe from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Loader.exe 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 Loader.exe 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.
Get rid of Loader.exe by removing it from extensions
If using 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:
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 “Loader.exe” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Loader.exe
Open task manager
Look for the Loader.exe process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Loader.exe
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 “Loader.exe” 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.
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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 Loader.exe
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Loader.exe in there
Uninstall Loader.exe from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Loader.exe-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 Loader.exe in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
Large-scale botnet activities – right off the bat, we must tell you about one of the most infamous ways in which Trojans tend to get used. A botnet is basically a network of interconnected machines, which are all controlled from a single place. In this case, that place would be the hacker’s server. Every computer infected by the Trojan becomes part of this botnet, and the botnet itself is used to carry out tasks that can’t be achieved from a single machine. Such tasks could be the mass distribution of spam messages to more and more users over the Internet, or the mining of cryptocurrency money. Sometimes, botnets can also be used for denial of service attacks – this is basically when a big number of computers start visiting a certain site with the aim to crash its servers through sheer number of visits. If enough computers are in the botnet, the servers of the targeted site cannot handle that many sudden visits, and would eventually crash.
Personal espionage activities – Trojans like Loader.exe, MFResident.exe, Ghsetup can also be exceptionally potent espionage tools. They can monitor the user’s keystrokes through keylogging processes, and they can capture images from what’s happening on the user’s screen. This oftentimes allows the hackers behind the Trojan to obtain highly sensitive data such as the user’s banking details, or their passwords and usernames for various sites. Needless to say, such information, when placed into the wrong hands, could lead to some very unpleasant and harmful consequences.
Backdoor actions – the third example of how a Trojan could be used is when these threats are utilized for sneaking additional malicious programs inside a system that has already been contaminated. Ransomware cryptoviruses are one of the most common examples of threats that get backdoored into their victim’s machines through the help of Trojans. Of course, there pretty much any other kind of malware could be backdoored with the help of a Trojan as well.
Considering that these are only three of the many possible ways a Trojan could be used, and also that infections like Loader.exe could be devastating for the user, and their system, it is advisable that you now take a look at the guide, and follow the instructions that are there to remove the nasty Loader.exe from your computer.
About the author
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.