RAV Antivirus is a dangerous piece of computer malware that can be categorized as a Trojan Horse. And since RAV Antivirus is one of the newer additions to this malicious family of software, this article will mainly be focused on it.
You’ve surely heard about this malicious category of computer infections in the past – after all, the Trojan Horses are indeed some of the most common forms of malware, and they are also some of the most damaging. Below, you will learn about the stealthy nature of RAV Antivirus, the potential harm it may cause to your system, the things you can do to keep your machine safe in the future, and last but not least, the way you can remove the Trojan from your computer if it is already in there.
If RAVAntivirus is presently in your system, know that the consequences of its attack may vary depending on each instance. RAVAntivirus can be used differently, and it can be tasked with different harmful actions.
For instance, some such threats may be used to secretly spy on you, while in other cases a Trojan may try to backdoor additional malware into your computer (Ransomware is commonly distributed with the help of Trojan Horse backdoors). A threat like RAV Antivirus may also be tasked with giving remote control of your system to the hackers behind the malware attack. In general, the sooner you remove the malware the better – do not wait for the consequences of the attack to get revealed, and instead be sure to use the guide from below ASAP to remove the infection.
The Trojan Horses are very sneaky malware threats
A common trait of infections like RAV Antivirus, Great Discover, Walliant is their stealthiness – most users don’t even realize when or how an attack by a Trojan has occurred. This is mainly attributed to the disguise techniques used by most Trojan Horses. To enter your system, most such threats require some form of interaction from your side – usually this means that the malware needs you to open its file, and give it an Administrative permission to make changes in the system. Of course, no one would willingly do that if they know that the file in question is a Trojan Horse. This is why most Trojans are cleverly disguised as other software – such that users wouldn’t suspect of being harmful, and may actually be willing to interact with. For example, if the threat is disguised as the installer of a program, which program the user wants, the latter would be more likely to open the hidden threat. Oftentimes, such Trojans disguised as the installers of some piece of software are found on pirate sites where often anyone can upload anything. It’s no secret that even though its illegal to download pirated software, many users do that, which, in turn, results in a high number of Trojan Horse infections. Of course, pirate sites aren’t the only potential sources of this type of malware. Disguised Trojan Horse files can also be distributed with the help of spam online letters, misleading online adverts found on other sketchy sites, misleading social media posts, and more. All in all, you need to be really careful online if you do not wish to become a victim of Trojan Horses in the future.
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How to Uninstall RAV AntivirusTo remove the RAV Antivirus virus, you must delete the malicious program that infected you with the virus and then quit the malware processes and restore any changed system settings.
- Open the Programs and Features list, search it for malicious programs, and uninstall what you find.
- Use the Task Manager to disable any rogue processes that come from the Trojan.
- Revoke any unwanted modifications made by the virus in the Hosts file, the Startup items configuration, or the DNS server settings.
- Finally, to remove the RAV Antivirus virus, clean your computer’s Registry from any items related to the Trojan.
Extended Guide While completing the following steps, you will have to restart your system on several occasions, so it may be helpful if you bookmark the current page in order to find it more easily later. Opening it on another device such as your phone is another good option.
Step 1 Trojans often get distributed with the help of free software that seems safe and harmless. Therefore, the first step towards deleting RAV Antivirus is looking for the program that may have brought the virus into your PC and uninstalling that program. You can do that from the Programs and Features list – type programs and features in under the Start Menu, open what comes up at the top of the search results, and carefully look through the listed items. If you see a program you think may be related to the Trojan, you must delete it by selecting it and clicking on the Uninstall option. Follow the steps in the uninstallation wizard to finish the process and be careful not to allow the uninstaller to leave any data related to the unwanted program on your computer.
- Note: If a rogue program is responsible for infecting you with RAV Antivirus, that program had likely been installed a little before the RAV Antivirus symptoms in your system began to appear.
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Next, you must open the Task Manager by either searching for it in the Start Menu or by pressing Ctrl, Shift, and Esc. When you open it, select Processes from the top and explore the items from the list. It is likely that the virus process would be consuming a ton of CPU and virtual memory, so you should sort the processes by CPU or Memory consumption and then see if among the ones shown at the top of the list there are any suspiciously-named entries.
If you come across a process that you think may be related to RAV Antivirus, rather than outright quitting it, we suggest you first look it up and see what you can find about it. If the process in question is truly harmful, then you will quickly find information on the Internet that confirms it. Should you find such information, especially if it is coming from a trusted source, then right-click the process, open the File Location folder, and scan each file using this free malware scanner:
If malware gets detected while you are scanning the files in the File Location of the process, this would mean that the process is harmful, and you’d have to go ahead and quit it by right-clicking it and then selecting the second option (End Process).
After that, you must also delete the Location folder. It is possible that RAV Antivirus prevents you from doing this at the moment. In such a case, delete what files you can from within the folder and go to the next step. Once you have finished the guide, RAV Antivirus should no longer be blocking you from deleting its process file location folder, so go to that folder and try to delete it one more time.
Note: End the suspected process and delete its folder and data even if none of its files are flagged as malware if the information you found online is trusted and tells you with high certainty that the process in question is from the malware.
Step 3 For the rest of this guide, your computer should be in Safe Mode, so go ahead and boot into Safe Mode.
Step 4 Type Run in the Start Menu, select the first app shown in the results, and then copy-paste the following file location in the Run window.
- Obtain an IP address automatically
- Obtain DNS server automatically
Step 5 Open the Start Menu, type regedit, hit Enter, and click on Yes if Window requires your permission. Important!: You will now have to delete rogue items found in your system’s Registry. Make sure that you only delete items you are sure must not be in the Registry. If you are unsure and don’t know if something should be deleted, tell us about that item/items through the comments rather than directly proceeding with the deletion. Otherwise, you may damage/destabilize the system. When you see the Registry Editor on your screen, select Edit from the top and then click on Find. In the Find search box, type RAV Antivirus, hit Enter, and delete whatever gets found. In this way, you must delete all items related to RAV Antivirus so repeat the search, delete the next thing, and so on, until the search no longer finds RAV Antivirus items.
The last thing you must do is find the next three directories in the left panel and then see if you can find in them any strange items. Usually, if there are rogue items in them, they would have very long names that comprise randomly-arranged symbols (letters and numbers).
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main