If a Trojan Horse virus has infected your system, you can be in a lot of trouble if the malware is allowed to stay in the machine for long. This article has been dedicated to one of the latest additions to this category of malicious software – a threat known as Realistic Media. Realistic Media Inc. creates Browser Assistant installer and aiming it at Windows systems.
Some of our readers have recently encountered this specific Trojan, and have requested our assistance for its removal. Therefore, below you will find a removal manual with step-by-step instructions on how to detect, and remove the infection once and for all. But before going to the manual, first of all, you should understand that such malware is very stealthy, and notoriously hard to identify. Therefore, we suggest that you read through the paragraphs leading up to the guide, so as to obtain a clearer idea of precisely what a Trojan Horse is, and how you can defend your system from threats like this in the future.
Browser Assistant by Realistic Media
The Browser Assistant Realistic Media virus have a reputation of being very sneaky computer threats. This means that you may not know that you have been infected, while the Browser Assistant Realistic Media virus in your computer is meticulously carrying out various harmful activities in the background of the system. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell you exactly what an infection like Realistic Media may have been programmed for until it completes its criminal task and the consequences of that attack become apparent.
Most Trojans can readily be used to destroy your system, delete particular files, or wipe your computer clean of any data you’ve ever had on it. Theft is another common use – the Trojan-based infections can steal any data from you, without you even knowing about what’s going on. For example, a virus such as Realistic Media can copy, and send files to the servers of the hackers without showing any visible symptoms. The criminals can also use a Trojan for espionage, and there’s more than one way that such a threat could spy on you. For instance, you can be stalked through your webcam, listened to through your mic, and carefully monitored every time you type something on your keyboard. Without your knowledge, your computer could also get filled with other additional malware. In many cases, a Trojan like Realistic Media can operate as a backdoor, and can secretly introduce viruses, and other malicious infections, most commonly (Ransomware, Worms or Spyware) to the compromised computer.
What is Browser Assistant by Realistic Media
Unfortunately, this article is not enough to list everything that a virus of the Trojan Horse category can do, but we believe you already know why it is so important to remove Realistic Media as soon as possible. In case you need professional assistance, we have a special Realistic Media removal tool linked below at your disposal, that will ensure your computer is Trojan-free in a matter of minutes.
Once you remove the infection, however, we’d suggest that you keep your system, and all the programs on it up-to-date. Also, we’d recommend you consider upgrading to a better antivirus software. And above all, while browsing the web, try to avoid the potential sources of malware, such as adult websites, fake/shady or suspicious system update requests, random pop-ups, and other notifications, such as those claiming that you’ve won a prize. Furthermore, spam messages sent via email should not be trusted, especially if they prompt you to click on links, or attachments of unknown origin. Do not open such messages, and definitely never interact with their content if you are unsure about where they are coming from.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans are very stealthy and typically show no visible symtpoms in the system.|
|Distribution Method||Some of the common distribution methods include spam emails with malicious attachments, fake ads and illegal websites.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Realistic Media Virus
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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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:
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.
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!