Remove BlackSquid Malware


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

There is a dreadful malware program that is currently getting distributed over the Internet and many users have already had their machines attacked by the nasty infection. Since you have found this page, it is likely that you, at the very least, suspect that your machine may too have gotten invaded by this nefarious piece of malware. If that’s the case, then we suggest you make sure to read every last pieces of information that we are about to provide you with so that you know what to do in order to protect your computer and your data from this nasty infection and so that you know how you can remove the virus from the machine before it’s too late. The name of the threatening program that we are referring to is BlackSquid Malware and this malware piece falls under the Trojan Horse category of malicious programs.

Trojan Horse characteristics – what you need to know

We are sure that you have already heard about these nasty and dreadful infections and are aware of the fact that they can be really damaging to any computer that they infect. However, what you may not know is that they are also highly versatile forms of computer malware – unlike Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware and other categories of malicious software, the Trojans may oftentimes not be limited to a single goal or task. What we mean by that is a virus the likes of BlackSquid may try to spy on you but it may also cause harm to the system, take control over the infected machine, download other dangerous programs without your knowledge or permission, use all of your system’s resources to conduct illegal activities and many more. BlackSquid is a new representative of the family of the Trojan Horses and more research needs to be made with regards to it in order to determine it’s exact purpose. Until then, one should assume and be prepared for the worst which is why you must know that if this virus is currently residing in your system, all kinds of unpleasant consequences may result from its activities in it. We already mentioned some of the possible ways in which a Trojan may get utilized but there may also be others that we haven’t mentioned here. The important thing is to not allow the virus to stay in your machine for any longer than it already has. We understand that the removal of a Trojan may be a challenging task but the in order not to waste time and to potentially save some money, we advise you to try to remove it yourself.

Multiple antivirus programs have detected  BlackSquid Trojan. You can see the attachment from VirusTotal below:

 

Removing the infection

We have a guide here that may be useful for those of you who wish to try to eliminate BlackSquid  Malware by themselves. Follow the steps provided in the manual and make sure you do everything exactly as it is explained. A good piece of advice here would be to use the help of a reliable software protection program like an antivirus or an anti-malware tool. If you do no have such a tool at the moment or the one you do have seems to be ineffective, we suggest you try using the one you will find linked in the guide – it is a tested and reliable removal program that should prove to be helpful against BlackSquid.

SUMMARY:

Name BlackSquid
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  The symptoms you may see could be related to software failure, unwelcome data modifications, sudden errors and BSOD crashes.
Distribution Method The methods that hackers tend to use for spreading Trojans are usually associated with some form of pirated software distribution or spam campaigns.
Detection Tool

Remove BlackSquid 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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