RATDispenser Malware


RATDispenser is a dangerous malware piece known as a Trojan horse. This type of malware is considered to be potentially very dangerous and therefore RATDispenser is certainly one that needs to be removed as soon as possible.


Trojans are easily the most well-known category of malware. These malicious programs, apart from being an extremely versatile form of malware, are responsible for about 60-70% of all the malware contaminations that happen online. Therefore, it’s safe to say they’re also the most common online threat you can encounter. In this article, we’re going to look at RATDispenser – one of the Trojan horse category’s newest versions. If you’ve found that your machine has been invaded by this specific virus, you’d most likely want to understand what RATDispenser is up to, and, even more importantly, how to remove it. That’s why we will gladly provide you with the needed information, and will even show you how to manually remove RATDispenser by yourself, with the assistance of our comprehensive removal guide.

Due to their multi-functional nature, most Trojans can be used for a variety of different tasks. Also, these threats can go undetected for weeks, and even months on the victim’s computer while they are secretly carrying out their malicious actions. Now, as for RATDispenser, we can’t be sure about what its specific overall purpose is. Still, we can give you an idea of its potential capabilities by outlining some of the most popular uses the hackers tend to have for Trojans such as this one. This will help you get a clearer concept of what you might face.

What RATDispenser is capable of

Theft is perhaps one of the Trojan’s most popular uses. Nowadays, so much important data is stored on our computers or laptops, that the hackers are more than interested in gaining access to them, and stealing whatever is stored there. For example, if you keep different documents, or sensitive details on your computer, whether they relate to your private or professional life, the hackers may secretly steal that information with the help of a Trojan horse like RATDispenser. The same applies to you financial information, that can be used to drain your bank accounts. The malware can provide the crooks with remote access to your hard drive, or let them copy your passwords and login credentials.

Trojans such as RATDispenser, Wup.exe, Trojan.GenericKDZ can also be used to spy on their victims directly. For instance, the virus can monitor your keystrokes, and record everything you type on your keyboard, or keep track of your activity by hacking into your webcam or mic.

In some cases, however, the hackers may not care about you or the data you store on your computer. They may just be after the resources of the machine, in order to use them to mine cryptocurrencies, for example. Alternatively, your machine may be used to distribute spam, or to infect other computers with different viruses and malware such as Ransomware or Spyware.

Many Trojan-based infections can also be effectively used as the distributor of other malevolent programs. Oftentimes, Ransomware cryptoviruses, for example, get backdoored into the computers of their victims by a Trojan Horse that has already been there.

The instructions in the removal guide below can be used as a starting point, but for optimal results, it is best to scan your computer with a professional malware removal tool, like the one we have linked inside the said guide.


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Remove RATDispenser Malware

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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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).



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:

    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:

    hosts_opt (1)


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



    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


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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