PcaPatchDbTask Riskware

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PcaPatchDbTask

PcaPatchDbTask is a Trojan Horse malware program, and it is one of the more recently released representatives of its respective category. The reason we are writing this article is because many users have recently complained about spotting PcaPatchDbTask in their computers, and being unable to remove it.

PcaPatchDbTask

Our task is to help the readers of this post who also have PcaPatchDbTask in their systems remove the insidious malware threat, and clean their computers. We have prepared a guide for you, which you can read at the bottom of this write up. However, before you try completing the guide, you are advised to read the paragraphs leading up to it, as they will give you some important information about the type of computer malware you are currently dealing with.

The PcaPatchDbTask Riskware Injector

Threats like the PcaPatchDbTask Riskware Injector have several distinctive features that set them apart from other malicious computer programs that you may encounter.

One such feature is the advanced stealth of most Trojans, and their ability to mislead the potential victims about their true nature. After all, there is a reason why this type of malware has been named after the Greek myth about the Trojan Horse. The name is used as a metaphor for something that may look safe on the outside, but is actually very dangerous on the inside. This is exactly how most Trojans are – on the outside they may be disguised as regular pieces of data such as software installers, media files, even PDF documents, and so on, but once you open them, they immediately begin to carry out their insidious tasks, oftentimes, without the users realizing anything.

Another typical trait of Trojans like PcaPatchDbTask is that they can be used in different ways depending on the situation. In some cases, a given Trojan may be tasked with keylogging your keystrokes, and thus acquiring sensitive details about you such as your online passwords, usernames, credit and debit card numbers, and so on. In other instances, the malware may directly take over the infected system, forcing it to carry out processes that the user hasn’t allowed. For example, the Trojan may tell your computer to mine cryptocurrency, and then send it to the hackers’ crypto-wallets, using up most of your system’s RAM, CPU, and GPU in the process. This may not directly harm your computer, or your virtual privacy, but it will most likely make the machine nearly unusable due to sever slow-downs, and frequent freezes.

A Trojan may even go as far as download additional harmful programs in your computer – for instance, many Ransomware cryptoviruses get distributed in this way, through the help of Trojan backdoor infections.

In the case with PcaPatchDbTask, we can’t really tell you the specific goal of this threat, because there isn’t sufficient research on that yet. Regardless, you must still make sure to eliminate this Trojan before it gets too late, and that is why we urge you to use the steps from the following removal guide, and/or the professional anti-malware program that you will find in it.

SUMMARY:

NamePcaPatchDbTask
TypeTrojan
Detection Tool

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Remove PcaPatchDbTask Riskware

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


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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. 

    Step3

     

    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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    Step4

     

    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.

    Step5

     

    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!

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    About the author

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    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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