Trojan

Realistic Media Virus

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Realistic Media

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.

Realistic Media

The Realistic Media virus in list of installed Programs

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.

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.

SUMMARY:

Name Realistic Media
Type Trojan
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.
Detection Tool

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


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Step4

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.

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Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

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:

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

Step5

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!


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