The infamous Trojan Horse malware family has recently had yet another addition – a piece of malware named Pva.intowow. Here, we will do our best to supply you with important information about Pva.intowow computer threat, and we will also share with you our tested removal instructions, that may allow you to liberate your computer from the malicious Trojan, in case the latter has already managed to infiltrate your system.
Characteristics of a Trojan Horse
Stealth is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about this sort of threats. They are among the stealthiest forms of malware that you may possibly get in your computer, and it all starts with the way they enter the machine.
During the time a threat of Intowow is in the computer, it may also use disguise to hide its processes and files. Intowow may give them names similar to those of legitimate system processes and files, so as to make it difficult for the user to locate and remove them.
This is why you should be really careful with the removal process. Only delete something if you are sure it is related to the malware. If you are uncertain, use the recommended anti-malware tool from the guide, or ask us in the comments. Otherwise, you may end up deleting something you aren’t supposed to, thereby causing even more damage to your system.
In most cases, a Trojan wouldn’t automatically infect the computer, instead, it will need the user’s “assistance” in order to get activated. In order to gain the user’s trust, and permission to operate, most Trojans are disguised. A common way of disguising a Trojan Horse file is making it look like it is a software installer for some computer game or for some helpful program like Great Discover or Free.meee . Many user tend to fall for this type of disguise, and open the Trojan Horse file, thinking it will help them install some legitimate software product on their computer. Of course, once they open the file, and give their Admin permission for it to make changes in the system, all hell breaks loose as the Trojan gets unleashed, and as it now has administrative privileges in the computer. After that, there are all sorts of things that cold befall the infected computer (more on that later).
The ways a Trojan like Pva.intowow can harm your machine
The effects of a Trojan Horse attack largely depend on the exact purpose of the malware program. You see, unlike Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware, and most other kinds of malware, the abilities of most Trojans aren’t limited to several actions. Depending on the goal of the hackers, a Trojan may be used for spying on the victims, stealing their online accounts and banking numbers, inserting other infections in their computers, forcing their machines to carry out illegal actions, and more. Therefore, we cannot tell you with certainty what Pva.intowow may try to do in your machine. Still, you should most definitely not give it any more time to show its true colors, and instead take immediate actions towards removing it from your computer.
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 Pva.intowow Malware
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!