This page aims to help you remove Ping.exe Virus. These Ping.exe removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
What is Ping.exe? It’s an actual Windows process located in C:\Windows\System32, but sometimes it may be compromised by a Trojan. Trojan horse viruses are certainly one of the nastiest types of malware that can infect your PC. Lately, a new virus of that kind has been reported to attack people’s computers causing all sorts of problems. If you are reading this, then you too are probably one of those unfortunate users. If that’s the case, we are glad to inform you that you have come to the right place, where you can find all the help you might need. Removing a Trojan from your PC can prove to be quite a challenge, especially if you do not have access to a proper explanation of how to get rid of the infection. Luckily for you, here you will be given a detailed guide on what steps you’d need to execute in order to eliminate the dangerous virus from your PC. The guide can be found at the bottom of the current article. However, reading everything in the article itself is essential to both getting a better grasp of what Trojans are capable of and how they work, as well as to learning how to protect your system from any future Ping.exe Virus attacks.
Detecting Trojan Horse viruses
Usually, the best way to spot Trojan horse infection is with the help of a reliable antivirus program/malware scanner. However, it is possible that not all security programs would be able to detect Ping.exe. In those cases, you’d be forced to identify the threat yourself. For that reason, here we will list some of the most frequently encountered symptoms caused by Trojans. However, bear in mind that most of those symptoms are somewhat situational and oftentimes they might be caused by other problems unrelated to malware infection. It is possible that an infection with Ping.exe has no symptoms whatsoever. That is why, you should always make sure that you machine is protected by an antivirus software.
- Increased RAM and CPU time consumption/reduced PC productivity – if you notice one of those two and there is no apparent reason for the symptoms, be sure to further investigate the issue.
- System instability/BSOD crashes – If your machine starts to experience Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crashes, encounters a lot of errors or is generally unstable, this might mean that Ping.exe has attacked your computer. Again, this might be happening due to a lot of other reasons but a Trojan infection is certainly one of the more common causes.
- Intrusive and shady-looking online pop-ups and banners – if your browser has started showing sketchy ads, pop-ups and banners on sites that usually do not have that sort of content, then this might be a sign of an attack from a Trojan Horse. Usually, such obstructive advertising materials are more common with Adware/ Browser Hijacker programs, but they are still a possible symptom of a Trojan horse.
- Missing or moved files and other system changes – If you start noticing files and folders on your PC being moved or even deleted, this is a strong indication of an infection with a Trojan horse virus. Generally, any change to your PC system that has happened without your permission and knowledge (especially if the change is undesirable) should be investigated in order to find what’s caused it.
Most common uses of Trojan horses
Here, we will be talking about what a virus such as Ping.exe might be used for if it infects your system. Trojan horses are known as some, if not the most versatile type of malware and as such it is capable of executing all sorts of illegal and harmful tasks on the user’s computer.
- A typical Trojan can be used to mess with your system data – it might change, corrupt or even delete important system files, making your computer unstable or even unusable.
- Many Trojans can spy on their victims. There are a lot of different method through which they can do that. The most widely spread ones are keystroke logging, direct monitoring of the user’s screen and also using the computer’s webcam for espionage purposes.
- Espionage is often followed by personal data and/or money theft. The user can be later blackmailed if any sensitive information has been acquired by the hacker or if the cyber-criminal acquired the username and password for the user’s bank account, it is possible (and highly likely) that all the money would be extracted from there.
- Spreading Ransomware is one increasingly common use of many Trojan horses. A virus the likes of Ping.exe can be used to infect your machine with some malicious and dangerous Ransomware that can lock all your personal files and demand a ransom if you want them back.
This final paragraph will present you with some of the most important and crucial rules that you must adhere to if you are to keep your machine protected from future Ping.exe attacks.
- Never open files that have unknown origin. If you do not know how a certain file got on your PC and if you are not sure whether it is safe, make sure to stay away from it and maybe even have it deleted.
- Always have a high-quality antivirus program on your PC and also make sure to keep it constantly updated.
- When surfing the internet, visit only sites with safe contents, especially if you are going to download something. Never go to illegal websites or ones that look sketchy and potentially dangerous.
- When you receive new e-mails, always take a moment to look at their details and if a new letter seems shady and you think it might be spam, be sure to delete it since it might be carrying some malicious Trojan horse virus.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Even though oftentimes Trojans do not have any symptoms, some of the more common signs of a Trojan Horse infection are increased CPU and RAM usage, unstable PC system, BSOD crashes and shady browser ads.|
|Distribution Method||Most Trojans are spread via malicious email letters, illegal sites with harmful downloadable content and shady internet banners/pop-ups.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Ping.exe Virus Removal
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).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Ping.exe successfully!
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:
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:
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—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!