RAV VPN is a piece of software related to RAV Endpoint Protection, an antivirus program specializing in digital security. In your Task Manager, RAVVPN.exe can be seen as the VPN by RAV’s main executable file.
According to the developers, RAV VPN allows for private, easy-to-use web surfing. The service is said to protect your network and lets users connect to and use distant networks safely by encrypting all data and conversations sent between the two devices.
Both RAV VPN and RAV Endpoint Protection are products of GECAD Software, and as such, they often come as a package deal. However, aside from being distributed with RAV’s antivirus software, RAV VPN may often be installed with other apps, some of which may be questionable and may represent a real danger to the computer. This being said, what is on users’ computers may not always be the real RAV VPN, thus, if you have any doubts, we recommend removing it as well as other questionable programs that might have been installed along.
File-bundling is the main method for distributing this program, which allows it to run on more PCs. This is technically a legitimate means of distributing software, but it has gained notoriety for being used to spread malware and other low-quality software. As an example, the file-bundling technique is often used to sneak Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) onto users’ PCs without their knowledge. A majority of computer owners would rather not have such programs on their computers if given the option.
A threat known as altruistic may often be bundled with legitimate apps like Rav vpn and be added to the PC without the knowledge of the users. Typically, the virus will be injected into the system at the time of software installation. If you’ve noticed that your computer is acting strangely, this kind of program may already be running in the background. If this is the case, you should remove it and any other PUPs that might be related.
It is not a secret that hackers use a variety of methods to successfully insert their malicious software onto their victims’ computers. Many web users get infected with questionable programs because malware authors use enticing information to convince them to click on the malicious attachment, which could be put inside an email, a link, or a program bundle. When a malicious application is bundled with otherwise legal programs like RAV VPN, the likelihood that malware will be downloaded and installed on the victim’s machine greatly increases.
There may be other apps, such as cryptocurrency miners and keyloggers, that hackers may include together with the installer of RAV VPN. So if you install the entire bundle, you may soon start to experience latency, system unresponsiveness, or overheating when you use the computer. Another red flag that indicates malware presence on the system could be the frequent appearance of Windows PowerShell and Command Prompt windows. If you experience such issues, or you’re having trouble removing potentially unwanted programs that might have been installed with RAV VPN from your computer, you’ll find comprehensive removal instructions below.
Should I uninstall VPN by RAV?
RAV VPN is not a virus, but if its main executable file (RAVVPN.exe) is preventing you from using your computer normally, it might be a good idea to uninstall it. Any other apps that may have been installed along with RAV VP should also be removed from the system to prevent any potential security risks. As you go through the steps in this guide, you should look for additional suspicious software, processes, files, and settings that may be linked to malicious apps that may have infiltrated your PC.
Remove RAV VPN
To remove potentially unwanted programs that might have infiltrated your computer alongside RAV VPN, you can try this:
- The first step is to remove any potentially harmful software by going to the Control Panel > Uninstall a Program.
- The next step is to search for questionable running processes, end any that may be associated with potentially unwanted programs, and remove any associated files and directories.
- The third step is to clean the system by restoring any settings that might have been altered by potentially unwanted programs. This includes the Startup items list, Hosts file, Network Connections, and Registry.
- The next step is to remove the temporary data and any malicious or potentially unwanted extensions from each browser on your PC.
For a detailed explanation of each of the steps, please follow the instructions below:
Before you start, please reboot the computer in Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, only essential system processes are allowed to start automatically, preventing the potentially unwanted program from re-launching its processes.
After that, from the Start Menu, go to the Control Panel of your PC, then select the Uninstall a Program area, and look for any programs that look potentially unwanted. If you sort the list by installation date, you may quickly find the most up-to-current additions to the list.
If a questionable or undesirable software is located, right-click it, choose Uninstall, and then follow the on-screen instructions (if any). Select the removal options that will guarantee the complete eradication of everything related to that software if an uninstallation wizard is available.
In case you are unable to execute the uninstallation at this time, try once again after the completion of the other steps from the guide.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc, and the Task Manager window will open. From there, choose Processes. If you see a process with a strange name, right-click the process’s name in the Task Manager, and choose Open File Location to view the files stored there.
Use the free scanner given below to check the files in the location folder of the process to see whether the process is indeed malicious. In case it is, remove its files and END the process from the Processes tab in the Task Manager.
Search for any additional suspicious-looking processes and research them online to see if there are any reports from security professionals proving that the process is malicious. Then run them through the scanner.
Next, you will have to visit several locations for system settings, check them for changes imposed by potentially unwanted programs, and cancel such changes. To achieve this, use the search bar in the Start Menu to find the things mentioned below, open them, and then complete the relevant instructions given for each.
Type Msconfig in the Start Menu search bar and then, in the System Configuration box, go to Startup and click on Open Task Manager (if you are running Windows 7, you don’t need to click on anything). When you see the startup items presented on your screen, remove the ticks from the checkboxes of the ones you don’t trust or recognize, and then press OK.
Use the Start Key and R key combination to open a Run dialog box. In it, copy + paste the following and click OK:
If there are any strange-looking IP addresses added after “Localhost” lines in the Hosts notepad file, please copy and paste them into the comments area below this page. If the IPs you give us are associated with any potentially unwanted or malicious program, a member of our team will let you know as soon as possible so that you may remove them from the file.
Next, search for Network Connections in the Start Menu search bar and press Enter.
- Go to the Network Adapter you are using and right-click on it. After that go to Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), and click the Properties button.
- Check if the DNS line is set to Obtain DNS server automatically or set it if it is not.
- After that, click on Advanced —> and select the DNS tab. Remove any rogue DNS in the field and click —> OK.
Type Regedit in the Start Menu search bar and press Enter. After the Registry Editor appears, select Find from the Edit menu. Type the name of the program in question that you want to search for into the Find window, hit “Find Next”, and if the search returns a relevant result, remove it.
You must first confirm that any Registry entries for potentially unwanted or malicious programs are removed, and then use the left side of the Registry Editor to go to the following three Registry locations.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
Next, check all three of those places for anything that doesn’t look reliable, such as files with names that appear suspiciously long or randomly generated. If you see anything like that, please let us know in the comments, but wait to delete them from the Registry until we tell you to.
In this final step, it is time to clean your browsers of any changes that might have been imposed by potentially unwanted programs. Open your primary browser, selected its menu (which should be in the top-right or top-left corner), and open the Extensions/Add-ons area. To access the Extensions menu in Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers, you must first click the More Tools menu item.
Disable any extensions that you don’t trust or are causing you disturbance, and any other suspicious add-ons while you’re in the Extensions menu.
When you’re finished, go back to the browser’s settings by clicking the menu button again, and then go to the Privacy and Security submenu. If you can’t find the Privacy and Security option, try clicking the Advanced menu first.
You may clear your browser data by clicking the Clear Data/Choose what to clear option in the Privacy and Security settings.
Then, choose the Advanced tab, select all the boxes except the one next to Passwords, and hit Delete/Clear.
Lastly, don’t forget to repeat this process for each of your computer’s browsers.
If the guide doesn’t help, and there are still some programs that are causing your problems, we recommended that you use a professional removal program or try our free online virus scanner. Of course, you can always ask us in the comments for help and our team will do its best to assist you!