This page aims to help you remove Rat Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
Trojans are extremely dangerous computer threats and almost every computer user has heard of them at least once, if not encountered them. In case that an infection of this type somehow sneaks inside a PC’s system, it can mess up practically everything and cause serious system damage, loss of data and many other problems. The hackers who create and operate Trojans usually use those viruses as multipurpose tools for destruction, theft and fraud. These threats can attack any computer without any visible symptoms and this is what makes them so popular among the criminal circles. If you have become a victim to a recent Trojan infection called Rat Virus, we may be able to help you deal with it. In the text below, we have prepared a Removal Guide and some helpful information about the nature of this threat and its features.
What can a Trojan like Rat Virus be used for?
There are a number of illegal and harmful ways in which a Trojan threat like Rat Virus could be used. The criminals often rely on such malicious pieces of programming to break through the computers’ security and serve as a backdoor for other infections. The name of this malware category is borrowed from the Greek mythology and more precisely, from the myth about the Trojan war were the Greeks used a big wooden horse in order to sneak their soldiers behind the gates of the city of Troy. Similarly, a threat like Rat Virus can download additional viruses such as Ransomware, Spyware, and other nasty computer infections the very moment it gets into the computer.
Sadly, you may not even realize what is happening in the background of your system because the Trojan usually tries to hide its traces and cover its malicious activities. For instance, apart from loading more malware inside your system, the Trojan may be used for system corruption, modification of vital processes and Registry Keys, destruction of data and/or of software and more. Sudden system errors, sluggishness, freezing or some unusual activities happening on the screen without your interaction and frequent Blue Screen of Death crashes could be just some of the possible negative effects that such a virus might have on your system. Basically, your PC may become really unstable as a result of these invasive activities and you may not be able to use it normally. In many cases, you may need to reinstall the entire system to make it work properly again, and that may lead to serious loss of data and software.
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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 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!
Another, very common and very dreadful ability of threats like Rat Virus is their spying potential. There are many ways for the espionage to happen and one of them is through hacking your camera or mic. The hackers may also extract information about you by installing special keylogging scripts, which can keep a track of everything you type using your keyboard. Your passwords, online accounts, banking details and any other sensitive personal or professional information could easily be copied and handed over to the hackers, which may use it to abuse and blackmail you as they please.
This article will never have an end if we really go into detail and tell you all the possible malicious activities a Trojan horse like Rat Virus could be involved in. One thing is clear, though – you have to remove the infection immediately if you want to prevent the unpredictable consequences that may follow. For that, you have to take the necessary actions and scan your entire system with the professional malware removal tool, which is available on this page, or some other reputed antimalware software of your choice. There is also a manual Removal Guide below, in case you need step-by-step removal instructions.
How to stay safe?
Keeping your computer well-protected and secured against this (or any other type) of malware is of utmost importance. That’s why in every article we share the best prevention and protection practices and tips that can help you improve the security and safety of your system. In the case of Trojan horse infections, if you want to stay protected, you need to know how these threats get distributed and what to avoid in order not to get infected. Sadly, there are numerous types of web content, which could easily be converted into transmitters of viruses like Rat Virus and the hackers who use this sort of malware get more and more creative with each passing day regarding their distribution methods. A general safety rule is to avoid visiting sites which have a bad reputation or contain illegal or pirated content. You should also keep an eye on your email inbox and delete spam messages, especially ones that have suspicious attachments or ones that have been send by unfamiliar senders. Such spam messages are often used as bait for the distribution of threats like Rat Virus and similar nasty infections. Needless to say, another great security precaution is investing in a reputed antivirus software as in many cases you may not be able to manually recognize/detect a potential infection. A professional security tool, however, may be able to catch and remove the threat on time, before it has managed to cause you any harm.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Sudden system errors, sluggishness, freezing or some unusual activities happening on the screen without your interaction and frequent Blue Screen of Death crashes could be just some of the symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, email attachments, fake ads, misleading links, compromised software installers, torrents, insecure webpages.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|