If you are currently struggling with noxious program known as Paradiskus, know that you aren’t the only user who has had the misfortune of landing this nasty software threat on their PC. This virus is one of the latest versions of the Malware category and if you need help with removing this virus from your machine, we advise you to read the article below and then visit the removal guide that we have added at the bottom.


What is Paradiskus

A Malware such as Paradiskus is a malicious piece of software that can be used for a variety of illegal and harmful tasks on the victim’s PC – the use of the malware depends on what the hacker wants to accomplish. A general trait that most malware share is their extreme stealthiness and ability to infiltrate one’s computer without getting detected by the victim.

Normally, the virus would initially appear to be a harmless piece of software such as a file that the user thinks is some useful and legitimate program or software tool. Once that seemingly safe file gets run on the computer, the scripts of the malware hidden inside it would get executed and the hacker would then have access to most of the PC system. Even at this point, the victim might still be unaware of the fact that their computer has just gotten hacked. As we said already, malware can be really stealthy and sneaky and in many cases people do not find out about their presence on the computers until the malicious purpose of the malware has already been completed.

In addition to the previous piece of advice, you must also make sure that your online actions do not put your computer at risk of getting infected. This means that you mustn’t visit any sites with questionable contents or click on shady ads, banners, box messages, update requests and offers or online messages that could be spam. All in all, remember to use your common sense when on the Internet and stick to what you know is safe while avoiding anything else.

What can a Malware do on your computer?

If your system has been attacked by a virus like Paradiskus, then you are likely wondering what potential harm it might be able to cause. Know that there are a lot of possible ways in which a Malware can be utilized. Here, we will only give you information about the most common ones but there’s always a possibility that the malware might get used for some other task as well.

  • Backdoor for other viruses – Trojans oftentimes get used for the purpose of allowing some other malware into the targeted machine. Once the PC gets infected by the Trojan, the virus loads some other piece of malware which then goes on to execute its own task. Take for example a Ransomware infection that can be carried by a Trojan – once a Ransomware gets loaded onto a computer using the backdoor virus, it could place a complex encryption on the user’s data files and demand a ransom payment in order to unlock the said files.
  • System and data corruption – One other popular use of some viruses of the Malware category is causing damage to the attacked computer by corrupting its system data, causing errors, crashes and freezes or by messing with the Registry. The end result is oftentimes a machine that simply cannot function properly.
  • Exploitation of system resources – Many hackers are after the resources of your computer as they need to utilize those for different purposes. In fact, many Trojans can create whole networks of infected computers called botnets. Each PC from the established botnet can be forced to carry out different actions like cryptocurrency-mining or sending of spam messages to more users allowing the malware to spread even further.
  • Spying on the victim – On top of all that was mentioned, malware could also serve as espionage tools if that’s what the hacker needs. In this case, the virus might have the ability to scan your keystrokes and record them or to monitor your PC screen and take screenshots every now and then, sending them to the cyber-criminal afterwards. It is even possible that such a malware could make use of your personal webcam device and allow the hacker to directly look at you when you are in front of your PC.

Advice for future

The guide that we have prepared for you might help you eliminate Paradiskus but you also need to make sure that no more malware would get on your PC in future. To improve your system’s protection, we strongly advise installing a good antivirus software and keeping it fully updated at all times – this would not only help you remove dangerous malware but it will also assist you in detecting it in the first place. Bear in mind that, as we mentioned above, a Trojan can be extremely difficult to notice manually as oftentimes there are no symptoms to give away its presence. In certain cases the virus might trigger increased RAM and CPU use or cause errors and crashes that could help you recognize the ongoing infection. However, it is also possible that none of this happens which is why you must always have a reliable software tool to keep your system safe.


Name Paradiskus
Type Malware
Danger Level High (Malware is often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Error messages, sudden freezes and crashes or increased usage of system resources might be potential symptoms of a Malware attack.
Distribution Method Mostly through fake/spam messages, misleading ads and malvertising web offers.
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.

Paradiskus Malware Removal

If you are looking for a way to remove Paradiskus you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for Paradiskus and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall Paradiskus as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of Paradiskus 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


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).



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:

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:


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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!


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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