PyVil is a malicious piece of code that can trigger numerous problems on your computer and may destroy your system and files before you even know it. Security researchers recognize PyVil as a highly dangerous variant of a Trojan horse virus.


The PyVil Malware can stealthily steal private data.

As you possibly already know, the Trojan horse viruses are some of the worst malware that may infect your machine. This is because their  modular nature and their capacity to sneak unnoticed inside most operating systems render them the ideal malware instrument for a broad spectrum of cyber crimes such as fraud, backdooring, remote access, espionage, data theft and more.

The following paragraphs will give you with a better understanding of the nature of these computer threats and will provide you the details you might need to remove PyVil from your system and ensure it is safe in the future. The directions for elimination of PyVil can be found below in a detailed removal guide. In the guide, you can also find recommended software for malware removal which you can use to quickly detect and delete the Trojan before it has caused you a significant harm.

The PyVil RAT

One of the biggest challenges of dealing with Remote Access Тrojans (RAT) like PyVil is to correctly detect them. If the targeted by PyVil RAT user does not remove it from the infected system it could become a threat.

Such threats are very sneaky and usually show no visible symptoms once they get inside the targeted system. Normally, the hackers who create them use a number of deception techniques in order to secretly distribute Trojan viruses across the web and to infect as many computers as possible. It is very possible that you get infected with such a malware piece when you interact with seemingly harmless web content. Here are a few examples of web materials that can be used to disguise Trojans:

  • Spam email files or links or other online spam messages.
  • Hacked or illegal software that may be downloaded from the internet.
  • Deceptive web ads, fake pop-ups and misleading web offers that either redirect users to Trojan-infected pages or serve as direct download links for the infection.
  • Legal web pages that have been compromised and set by cyber criminals to spread the Trojan infection.
  • Other malware that serves as a backdoor for Trojans and different viruses.

Sadly, without the help of a professional security program on your system, it may be impossible to detect such malware transmitters and avoid the infection. Thus, it is important to keep your computer protected with an anti-virus or an anti-malware tool if you want to keep your system safe from potentially dangerous and untrustworthy online locations and materials.

The harm a Trojan can do

As described above, PyVil can have a variety of different malicious capabilities which is why we cannot say for sure what its attack will look like in your individual case.  Unauthorized changes in your system, theft of passwords and login credentials, espionage, keystroke logging, and even insertion of ransomware, spyware and other viruses are just some of the possible actions. However, it is best if you never experience any of these and take steps to remove the danger before it is too late. If you need assistance or if you have concerns, please follow the instructions in the guide below or leave us a comment in the comments section.


Name PyVil
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms It is not typical for Trojans to show visible symptoms of their presence, thus, their detection is very difficult.
Distribution Method Commonly found in different spam messages, malicious email attachments, illegal software installers and torrents.
Detection Tool

PyVil RAT Removal

If you are looking for a way to remove PyVil 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 PyVil and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall PyVil as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of PyVil 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.

    PyVil RAT

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

    PyVil RAT

    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:

    PyVil RAT

    PyVil RAT

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

    PyVil RAT

    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:

    PyVil RAT

    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    PyVil RAT

    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


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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