Ramsay Malware


Ramsay is a sophisticated online infection that belongs to the Trojan horse category. Ramsay poses a serious threat to the computer it operates on as it can secretly launch various malicious processes in its background.

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The Ramsay Malware will steal personal data from users.

Trojans are favorite tools for system destruction, espionage, data theft and numerous other criminal activities. Hackers commonly use them to gain unauthorized access to a given computer and to start different malicious processes in it. What helps the Trojans to succeed in their deeds is that they are amazingly stealthy and can remain hidden on the victim’s computer for long periods of time, sometimes even for years. Ramsay is a new addition to the Trojans growing family and, as a more sophisticated representative, it normally does not show any clear sign of its presence which allows it to work stealthily. If your system has been compromised by this particular infection, you should know that your personal information, your files and your software have all been put in serious danger.

Ramsay can steal digital files, keep track of its victim’s online and offline activities, collect user keystrokes, capture audios and videos through the computer’s webcam and mic and more. All in all, this Trojan is a powerful weapon in the hands of people with criminal intentions and they can undertake a variety of different criminal tasks with its help without your knowledge. That’s why it is really important to remove the infection from your device as soon as possible. The removal guide that you can find below can help you with this uneasy task because it contains detailed instructions, screenshots and a professional removal tool that can guide you through the entire Trojan removal process.

What damage may Ramsay cause?

It is quite difficult to predict what kind of damage a Trojan such as Ramsay may cause to the infected computer because, as we explained above, this type of malware does not have a single use and can be programmed to perform a wide range of criminal activities. Once nestled inside your computer, Ramsay may format the disks, delete specific files, corrupt databases or destroy the entire information that is stored in the system. Such actions can be particularly harmful for people who keep important data on their machine, as well as for small or large businesses because they may lose important information that cannot be recovered.

Trojans can also secretly steal valuable user data, including financial details, login credentials, online accounts, and personal identification information. Keystroke logging is one of the techniques that this malware could employ in stealing passwords, accounts and other sensitive information necessary to, say, rob you of your money and drain your bank accounts. An infection like Ramsay could also be used to hack your microphone or web camera and listen to your conversations via your phone, Skype, Messenger, etc. or capture videos without your knowledge when you are in your own home, your office or elsewhere. The details that can be captured in this way can serve as a perfect premise for blackmail and other forms of online abuse. However, the most frightening thing Trojans can be used for is the delivery and insertion of other viruses and malware, especially ransomware and spyware which are often distributed in a combo with Trojan horse viruses. That is why, if you don’t want to have your computer loaded with malware, it is important to quickly remove Ramsay and all its traces. If you don’t know where to start, please use the instructions in the removal guide below or simply scan the computer with the suggested professional removal tool.


Name Ramsay
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Rarely, Trojans may give themselves away by causing unusual system errors, sluggishness, sudden crashes and general system instability.
Distribution Method Commonly, Trojans get distributed via spam email attachments, malicious emails, torrents, pirated content, and illegal websites.
Detection Tool

Ramsay Malware Removal

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

Note that this might not get rid of Ramsay 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

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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).

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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.

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    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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    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.

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    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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