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Remove Astaroth Malware (July 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Astaroth Malware. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

If a Trojan name Astaroth is the malicious program that has brought you to this page, then you are advised to stay with us until the end of the next write up as the information that you are about to get acquainted with may allow you to save your computer from irreparable damage. The malware threat you are probably currently struggling with is, as we already said, a member of the infamous Trojan Horse malware category. The information that is available right now with regards to Astaroth Malware specifically is somewhat limited and this, combined with the fact that the Trojan infections can be highly versatile in their abilities and uses, makes it difficult for us to predict what exactly the target of this infection may be. Still, we can give you some examples of the most common uses of the Trojan Horse viruses so that you have some idea about what may be at stake in this situation.

One of the things that the Trojans most commonly target is the computer system itself. They try to corrupt it, damage its important system files, mess with its settings and much more which may make it difficult or even impossible for you to normally use your computer. Another thing many Trojans are known for is carrying Ransomware, Rootkits, Spyware and other malicious programs with them. In addition, the Trojans themselves may try to steal sensitive data from your computer’s hard-drives or even from your online accounts and from your browsers. This can, of course, lead to a series of additional problems for you that we don’t need to elaborate upon in this post. All in all, the longer Astaroth stays active in a given computer, the worse the consequences of its presence inside the machine may become. Since you are here, however, you can use the guide posted below to remove the Trojan and save your computer from its nefarious attack.

The stealthiness of the Trojan Horse threats and how to fight it

It may sometimes be difficult to manually find and remove everything related to the Trojan virus since these infections are highly advanced and able to stay hidden from even the most observant and experienced of users. Because of this, in many cases, you may need the help of a reliable security software in order to successfully eradicate a threat like Astaroth. In case you currently don’t have such software, you can find a trusted removal tool in the guide above and use it in combination with the manual steps to fully get rid of Astaroth. This could also help you in the future as the recommended security program could fend of future malware attacks. Still, it is essential that you don’t actively expose your machine to danger by being irresponsible with your online activities and with the content that you interact while browsing the Internet. You should definitely stay away from anything that doesn’t look trustworthy and that may have illegal and hazardous origins or else you may easily end up with yet another malicious virus on your computer in no time.

SUMMARY:

Name Astaroth
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  System crashes and frequent errors my be present if there’s a Trojan in your computer.
Distribution Method Malicious spam e-mail messages, pirated programs and fake update requests.
Detection Tool

Remove Astaroth Malware

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!

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

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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

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

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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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