Lobshot Malware

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Lobshot is a dangerous virus program known as a Trojan Horse that can take over your whole computer system without your knowledge. Lobshot is known for being able to hijack system files and processes in order to remain undetected while carrying out its harmful tasks.

Lobshot Malware

A very dangerous and harmful computer infection named Lobshot has been spreading around the web space recently and many concerned users have reported that their machines have gotten infected by this malware. This is categorized as a Trojan Horse and can easily attack your PC without your knowledge and cause major problems with your system and your privacy. The sneaky threat can hide deep inside your machine and can conduct a number of malevolent and malicious activities that could negatively affect your system’s performance, its speed and stability. It can start various hidden processes that can use high amounts of system resources and slow down your computer. Lobshot may also have the ability to disable your anti-virus and firewall security in order to prevent its removal and create system vulnerabilities which can be exploited by other malware.

The Lobshot Malware

Named Lobshot, this malicious software permits attackers to circumvent fraud detection systems and grants them secretive, direct entry to the compromised devices.The threat actor distributes the Lobshot malware via malvertising, exploiting Google Ads and a network of counterfeit websites to deceive users into downloading authentic-looking installers that contain backdoors.

To avoid detection, Lobshot depends on dynamic import resolution, which involves resolving the names of the necessary Windows APIs at runtime. Once executed, the threat performs a check against Windows Defender to detect any anti-malware emulation and discontinues its process if any is detected.

If it is successful in its execution, the malware establishes a custom structure based on data retrieved from the machine and then establishes a network connection. Lobshot also replicates itself to a new location, creates a new process using exporer.exe, and erases the original file.

This means that, by the time you realize what is happening, you may have your files secretly encrypted and your most sensitive details placed in the hands of some anonymous and unscrupulous hackers. In some cases, it is possible that your antivirus program may detect this threat but not be able to remove it completely. That’s why, in order to remove the Trojan Horse effectively and without letting any more data get corrupted, you may need the assistance of a professional removal guide like the one below and the help of a trusted malware removal tool.


Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms In most of the cases, there aren’t any particular symptoms, which can indicate the presence of the Trojan in the system.
Distribution Method Spam and infected email attachments are common source of Trojans, as well as, malicious ads, cracked software and illegal sites. 
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Lobshot!

How to remove Lobshot

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Lobshot in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Lobshot from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

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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 Lobshot.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Lobshot.
  • 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 Lobshot from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Lobshot 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 Lobshot 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.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Lobshot on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Lobshot extension
  4. Get rid of Lobshot by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open 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:

  • Start Edge
  • 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 “Lobshot” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Lobshot

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Lobshot process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Lobshot
  • 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 “Lobshot” 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.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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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 Lobshot

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Lobshot in there
    4. Uninstall Lobshot from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Lobshot-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 Lobshot in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is Lobshot?

    Lobshot is an advanced infection which can use various transmitters in order to infect the web users. Trojan like this one and Altruistics can typically sneak inside the targeted machine through spam, infected email attachments, malicious downloadable files, compromised software installers, different free cracked programs, suspicious websites, adult content, shareware and other similar methods. The Trojan would usually silently gets inside your computer without showing any visible symptoms due to which you may have no idea about the intrusion. If not removed on time, however, the malware can do all kinds of nasty stuff including stealing your personal information along with your financial details. It can send those sensitive details to the hackers who can use them in their illegal activities. It can also open a backdoor on your machine for other threats and viruses and thereby allow more malware to enter your machine.
    Due to all that’s been said above, we highly recommend you remove Lobshot immediately with the help of the removal guide that our team has prepared and included in this post. Keep in mind, though, that you may need to go through various specific removal steps in order to delete everything from the infected computer. This is because, in most of the cases, the Trojan may hide in different locations on your system. It is also quite possible that the malware may mimic some important processes and files making it difficult to distinguish its own data from files that belong to your system and are essential to its proper functioning. Therefore, it is highly advisable to use a professional removal tool for more precise location of the malware-related data in case you aren’t sure if a certain file or a number of files belongs to the infection.


    About the author


    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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