Qhost Trojan


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One of their recent versions is a Trojan called Qhost, which has recently infected a significant number of web users. Some of the victims have reached out to our team with a call for help, and it is exactly for this reason that we have created this article. If you are among the unfortunate victims of Qhost, and have just discovered that it has nestled inside your system, then you should stay with us, and find out what this piece of malware might be up to.

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The Qhost Trojan will try to steal your sensitive data and send it to its creators

The Trojans are the most fearful group of malware available. They are known to be extremely stealthy, and very numerous as well. The Trojan representatives alone make up nearly 70 percent or more of all malware programs on the web, so they are also very common. Moreover, at the bottom of this page, we will provide you with a comprehensive removal guide so that you can remove the infection all by yourself.

What do Trojans do?

Trojans are unique in their ability to perform various criminal actions that can differ from one instance to the other. This sets them apart from most other kinds of malware, which typically have one specific criminal purpose. To give you an idea of how versatile a piece like Qhost could be, we’re going to list some of the possible actions such a Trojan could initiate. Depending on what the hackers behind the infection are up to, here is what could happen:

  • A Trojan horse may destroy valuable computer data. Such a threat can easily delete selected files from your system for whatever reason. Or it can just format all your drives, and disks, wiping them clean of any information, or delete vital files from the OS, in this way making your computer totally useless.
  • Theft is another one of the Trojans’ most popular uses. An infection such as Qhost may acquire, and transmit delicate information, such as financial details, personal identification information, etc., and may use various techniques to obtain access to that data. For instance, a technique called keylogging could be used to copy all the information you type using your keyboard. With its help, the hackers behind the Trojan might get hold of your social media accounts, login information, your online banking details, your credit or debit card information, and who knows what else.
  • Another, no less scary use of the Trojan viruses is the espionage. Once a malware like Qhost has nestled inside your system, the hackers could use it to hack into your webcam and microphone, keep tabs on everything that’s taking place on your screen, and even peek directly into your room.
  • In many cases, the Trojan infection can also be used as a tool that can bring other malware, most frequently Ransomware or Spyware, or different stealthy viruses, into the victim’s computer.

As you can see, there are so many ways a threat like Qhost can harm you, and the list goes on and on. So, it’s definitely best to remove the infection as quickly as possible. You can do that with the assistance of our guide below, or by using a professional removal tool. But once you’ve dealt with this Trojan, it’s essential that you take the safety of your system more seriously, and invest in reliable security software in order to protect it more effectively.

SUMMARY:

Name Qhost
Type Trojan
Detection Tool

Remove Qhost Trojan

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


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

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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. 

    Step3

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

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    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:

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    Step4

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

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    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:

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

    Step5

    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!

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    About the author

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    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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