Malgent Virus

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Malgent is a variant of a Trojan horse infection reported by security researchers. A threat like Malgent should be treated as a high priority as it can pose a great risk for your system and your online safety.


If you have found a Trojan horse infection called Malgent on your computer, you should continue reading, as the following information will probably be of great help to you. In the next paragraphs, you will find all the necessary details about the malicious capabilities of this Trojan and a step-by-step removal guide which explains how to effectively detect and remove the malicious program without losing time.

The Malgent Trojan

You should take actions against the Malgent trojan as soon as possible, because a Trojan horse like this one can carry out various malicious tasks and cause many different problems while sitting in the background of the system.

It is also a good idea to learn how to avoid the most common transmitters of Trojan threats to protect your computer from this type of malware in the future. Trojans are normally known for their stealth and their ability to hide in different types of web content. You can find them almost everywhere on the Internet, but most commonly in spam emails, malicious attachments, fake ads and misleading web links. T fraudulent spam e-mails more frequently resemble a genuine letter from a well-known organization, colleague or a friend. Such emails usually attempt to make you click on a link or open an attachment that is the actual Trojan carrier. Clicking on malicious advertisements may also get you infected without you even knowing it.

That’s why the best way you can keep yourself and your computer away from such threats is to invest in reliable security software that can protect you in real time. This is also the best way to identify and remove the Trojan in a timely manner.


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Remove Malgent Virus

Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Malgent!

How to remove Malgent

  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 Malgent in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Malgent from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

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 Malgent.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Malgent.
  • 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 Malgent 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 Malgent 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 Malgent 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 Malgent 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 Malgent extension
  4. Get rid of Malgent 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 “Malgent” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Malgent

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Malgent process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Malgent
  • 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 “Malgent” 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 Malgent

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Malgent in there
    4. Uninstall Malgent from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Malgent. racing-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 Malgent 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 Malgent?

    The purpose for Trojans like Malgent is the destruction of various types of valuable information. This can most commonly be done by deleting some files on your computer or by formatting your disks directly.
    In some cases, the malware may be set to operate as a backdoor for other, more problematic forms of malware such as viruses, ransomware, spyware and rootkits.
    Perhaps, one of the most disturbing activities that a Trojan like Malgent may be linked to is the online and offline surveillance. Such malware can literally spy on you and keep track of your conversations, chats, keystrokes and more. This can be achieved in different ways, like hacking your webcam or microphone, or installing a keylogger. That’s why it is best to identify and remove the malware as soon as possible.

    Is Malgent dangerous?

    Trojan horses are generally able to secretly track and steal different information from your computer – be that files, passwords, login credentials, banking details and many other sensitive data that you don’t want in the hands of people with malicious intentions. Unfortunately, this is not everything. The malware may be after your professional data if your computer is connected to a professional network. If it’s your own device, the target of the virus could be your sensitive details be as they could be used in the future to hijack your identify or harass you for a ransom payment. Alternatively, if the hackers behind Malgent intend to drain your bank accounts or make illegal transfers to third parties, the Trojan may be set to steal your financial details.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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