PipeMon is a stealthy malware threat that secretly enters the computers of its victims using different types of disguise. Software security experts label PipeMon as a Trojan horse – a type of malicious programs that can be used for espionage, data corruption, and theft.
Trojan horse viruses, in general, are quite versatile forms of computer malware and they are very popular among the circles of online criminals. The majority of malware attacks that occur nowadays are in one way or another assisted by some form of Trojan horse infection. In the current post, our focus will be directed at the newly released PipeMon threat. Something important that needs to be noted with regard to newer Trojan horse viruses like PipeMon is that detecting them on time may not always be possible even if the user has a reliable antivirus program installed on their computer. The reason for the ability of such threats to stay below the radar while at the same time conducting their malicious activities has to do with the way most modern antivirus detect incoming malware. Older Trojan horse versions usually get spotted and stopped on time by reliable and up-to-date antivirus programs. This is because those older threats have already been added to the database of the antivirus and so the security tool is able to identify the threat before it manages to do anything bad to the computer. This over-reliance on malware databases, however, is exactly the reason why a new Trojan horse version such as PipeMon would oftentimes slip past an antivirus program unnoticed and begin to push its nefarious agenda on the infected computer without the user even knowing about its presence there.
The PipeMon Malware
Although in many cases there won’t be any obvious infection symptoms that may help you notice the PipeMon malware infection, depending on what the virus is trying to achieve, there may still be certain signs that the PipeMon malware is doing something harmful on your computer.
One of the most obvious red flags that tell you there’s something majorly wrong with the computer is if the machine starts crashing and a blue error screen known as the Blue Screen of Death starts appearing. This could indicate all kinds of issues, including hardware ones, but it could most certainly be caused by a Trojan horse infection as well.
Other possible symptoms are unwanted changes in the system or in certain programs, such as the browser. In addition, data corruption, software errors, and unusual computer slowness may also be possible symptoms of an attack from a virus like PipeMon .
In general, if you notice any of those, you ought to further investigate the underlying problem and remove any malware that you may find. The removal guide that we have posted on this page will help you do both of those things so we strongly advise you to go ahead and make use of its steps if you think that PipeMon may indeed be in your system at the moment. Removing this Trojan in time is essential because otherwise it could lead to a wide variety of problems and it may even allow other viruses such as Ransomware into your machine.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans can be very sneaky and show no symptoms but they could also cause sudden crashes, software errors, data corruption, and other severe disturbances.|
|Distribution Method||Trojan viruses are mainly distributed via spam messages and unsafe file-sharing sites.|
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.
Remove PipeMon Malware
If you are looking for a way to remove PipeMon you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for PipeMon and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall PipeMon as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of PipeMon 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).
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.
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 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!