Netwire RAT

Netwire RAT

If you end up with such an infection on your PC, you would probably be quite concerned, and in fact, there are a number of reasons you should be. In this article, we are going to speak about a particular Trojan horse called Netwire RAT. The reason we have chosen to discuss this threat is that we have recently received a lot of requests from panicked people, whose computers have been infected. The users are basically asking for help and an effective solution that can remove Netwire RAT from their system.

That’s why, in this article, we will reveal the typical behavioral traits of this Trojan and will offer a free removal guide for all the victims that need it.

Trojan horses are a very dangerous type of malware. This is probably nothing new to say, but indeed, these types of threats are among the most recognizable and hazardous viruses one could encounter.

What kind of damage may Netwire RAT cause?

If we try to give you a detailed answer to this question, this article will surely not be enough to cover all the possible malicious effects that a Trojan horse like Netwire RAT is capable of. Still, we will try to mention some of the most common harmful activities we can relate Netwire RAT to. This malware can basically be programmed to perform various types of cyber crimes. The hackers, who create it, can use it in many ways, depending on their criminal purposes. For instance, the Trojan may receive a command to modify or destroy certain system files, to delete information, to mess around with registry keys and activate harmful scripts. In such a case, the results could be fatal for your computer as it may end up totally crashed and you may lose all the data, kept on it. Sometimes, the task of the infection could be to simply spy on you and keep track of your online and offline activity without destroying anything. In that case, the Trojan may silently collect information about your passwords, login credentials, banking details, online profiles, chats and conversations and simply transfer this data to remote servers. The hackers may use this sensitive information in a number of ways, including to hijack your online profiles, drain your bank accounts or unknowingly involve you in a number of other criminal activities by using your identity. In some cases, a threat like Netwire RAT may also be programmed to deliver other infections on your PC. Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty viruses are frequently delivered thanks to Trojans into the victims’ system, which is why the moment you detect such malware, you should immediately remove it before it has inserted some dreadful virus.

How to detect Netwire RAT and remove it?

In the ideal situation, you may be able to avoid most of the harmful activities described above, if you manage to detect the Trojan horse on time. However, this task is very difficult, especially if you don’t have reputed antivirus software. Threats like Netwire RAT are very stealthy, and they try to remain unnoticed on the computer for as long as possible. They usually lack the typical virus symptoms and may remain idle for weeks or even months before they activate their malicious activities. That’s why you should consider yourself lucky to have found the infection. Once you know what you are fighting against, it is much easier to take immediate actions and remove the Trojan and its traces.

Regardless of the purpose of the infection, you can eliminate it with the help of two methods – manual and automatic. In the guide below we have described the exact manual steps. They will lead you through your system and will show you how to remove the Trojan-related files, but in case you are not really confident what you need to delete, we suggest you use the automatic method. This will require the installation of the professional Netwire RAT removal tool, which will deep-scan your entire computer and will automatically detect and remove all the malicious scripts, as well as some other possible infections, that might have snuck inside the system. Whichever method you choose, make sure you carefully follow the instructions and take some measures to protect your PC from Trojans in the future. You can start with the installation of a good antivirus program and update of your OS. Also, we would advise you to be very careful when interacting with unfamiliar web content, ads, links, pop-ups, spam emails, free installers or sketchy web pages. They all could be potential transmitters of different viruses and it is best if you try to stay away from them.


Name Netwire RAT
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms This malware lacks the typical virus-like symptoms and may be very difficult to detect.
Distribution Method Various types of harmless-looking web content such as ads, links, pop-ups, spam emails, free installers or sketchy web pages.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Netwire RAT Removal


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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).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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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. 

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    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

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    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    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:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

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    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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!


    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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