This page aims to help you remove QakBot Malware. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
If QakBot Malware, or some other similar Trojan Horse virus manages to infiltrate your PC’s system, it could execute all kinds of illegal and shady tasks as well as cause all sorts of damage, some of which damage might be irreparable. In the next lines, you will be presented with information that will help you acquire a better understanding of how this malicious type of software operates and what it can potentially be employed for. Bear in mind that Trojans truly are some of the nastiest and most harmful forms of malware. Intercepting and removing such a virus from your PC in case the machine has already been infected is imperative if you want to minimize the amount of potential damage inflicted upon your computer system by the Trojan. This is why we’ve done our best to create a guide manual with instructions aimed at helping our readers eliminate Trojan Horse threats such as QakBot Malware. If you believe that your computer has been invaded by such a malware piece, we strongly advise you that you read the rest of the article and then head down to the guide. Be sure to complete all of its steps for best results.
The versatility of Trojan Horses
One thing that makes this particular virus type so popular among hackers and online crooks all over the globe has to do with the fact that Trojan can be used for all sorts of illegal activity. Their versatility is unmatched by any other form of harmful program. Here, we will present you with only some of the most frequently encountered uses of malicious programs like QakBot Malware. However, know that as long as the virus is ran on the PC with Administrator privileges, the hacker who controls the malware would be able to do whatever they want with the infected computer system.
- System and data destruction – Some Trojans are simply used to cause destruction to the machines that they invade. In those cases, important OS files or Registry keys might get deleted or corrupted by the virus causing system instability. You computer might start to crash to the Blue Screen of Death or experience sudden errors which could make it nearly impossible to use the machine.
- Stalking/spying – Illegal monitoring of users’ activities is a real issue and hackers have found a way to employ Trojans for exactly that. Depending on what the purpose of the espionage might be, there are a number of different spying methods that could be employed. The Trojan might allow the criminal to look at the user’s screen or keep tabs on what the virus’ victim is typing with their keyboard. Using the computer webcam as a stalking device is also something that Trojans are notoriously capable of doing.
- Virus distribution – There is a reason why malware programs like QakBot Malware are referred to as Trojan Horses. Similarly to the original Trojan Horse from the Greek mythology, those nasty cyber threats are able to infiltrate one’s system without getting detected and then allow some other malicious piece of code to be ran on the infected computer. One increasingly common example is when Trojans are used to provide Ransomware viruses with free passage to the user’s PC. Ransomware is another type of highly dangerous malware that is able to encrypt all personal user data on the PC and demand a ransom payment for the encryption key afterwards.
The importance of intercepting a Trojan
It is of utmost importance that any potential threats like the one we are currently talking about get detected and stopped as soon as possible or else, the damage caused might be irreversible and irreparable. The problem with Trojans like QakBot Malware is that they often show no symptoms at all. BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) crashes unusual system slow-down might give away the infection but it is also possible that none of these are present when your machine is under Trojan Horse attack. For that reason, it is crucial that your firewall stays constantly enabled and your OS is fully updated at all times. Also, having a reliable antivirus program can greatly help you spot Trojan Horse threats before they have started messing with your system.
If you seek to ensure that your machine stays well protected from any future infections by those viruses or any other form of malware, you must make sure to be extremely careful when on the Internet. Keep away from anything that might be potential spam and avoid web-addresses that could be unsafe. Also, remember that malvertising is a favorite method for malware distribution so be sure not to fall for any fishy-looking browser offers and suspicious online ads. Being responsible and thoughtful while browsing the Internet is truly one of the best and most crucial ways of protecting your computer from insidious software threats such as QakBot Malware.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Frequent system crashes and errors, slowed-down computer productivity, RAM and CPU spikes in the Task Manager, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Mostly, via online malvertising and spam messages.|
QakBot Malware Removal
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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:
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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.
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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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!