RegHost is a piece of malware that is typically distributed as a file that doesn’t look harmful so that most users do not suspect it is actually a virus. RegHost can be described as a Trojan Horse and it is a threat capable of many different harmful actions once it infects a given computer.
In case you have been searching for information on how to remove a Trojan Horse named RegHost from your computer, search no more. On this page, you will find a detailed removal guide with step-by-step instructions on how to locate and safely eliminate this nasty infection from your system. In the guide, you will also see a recommended professional RegHost Malware removal tool for automatic assistance.
But before you go straight to the guide, let’s start from the beginning: what is really a Trojan Horse and what can a threat like RegHost Malware do to a computer?
Trojans are a type of malware whose main purpose is to give remote access to a system and launch different harmful tasks on it. The name of those threats is inspired by the mythical wooden horse used by the Greeks to enter the seemingly invincible city of Troy without raising suspicions. Similarly, these malicious programs try to pass unnoticed, opening a backdoor for a remote attacker to enter the computer.
However, oftentimes, Trojans do more than just provide a backdoor – they are very versatile pieces of malware which can also be used to record keystrokes and visited pages, transfer data from the computer to remote servers, corrupt files, steal information, distribute other viruses, and especially Ransomware infections, create security holes, and much more.
And, as we said, the Trojan typically try to go unnoticed, so it would not be a huge surprise if a threat like RegHost shows absolutely no symptoms of its presence in the system for a long time. Basically, this type of malware is intended to hide processes that may make the user suspicious.
How? The infection is typically installed on the computer with administrator privileges or root permissions. This way, the hacker who controls it can have full control of the system and hide certain processes and files, prevent the antivirus from doing its job, skip, etc. This prevents you from detecting that there has been a compromise in your system, which makes it very difficult to locate and remove the Trojan on time.
How can we become infected?
There are so many ways in which a Trojan such as RegHost can get inside your machine. An infection can happen due to a vulnerability in a program that you have installed (such as Flash, Java, Adobe Reader) or if you download an infected file which, when opened, executes malicious code that silently installs the malware without your knowledge. The hackers usually use some seemingly harmless pieces of content such as images, email attachments, links, fake ads, misleading offers, or infected web pages, which, once interacted with, trigger the infection.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of symptoms, it may take you weeks or even months to realize that you have been compromised. That’s why the best method to protect yourself against Trojans and to detect and remove infections like RegHost Malware on time is to use reliable security software. A good antivirus can scan the system for malicious processes in the background and notify you about your system’s condition. There is no need to explain to you why you should take immediate action if a Trojan gets detected. The longer the malware remains in the computer, the greater the harm it may cause. That’s why you must not lose time and why you should follow the instructions below to quickly get rid of RegHost Malware.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||It is typical for Trojans to hide their symptoms therefore their detection is very difficult without a professional security program.|
|Distribution Method||Software installers, ads, spam, cracked programs, malicious email attachments, torrents, pirated content.|
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Remove RegHost Virus
If you are looking for a way to remove RegHost you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for RegHost and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall RegHost as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of RegHost completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.
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
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).
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!