Remove “Delete Message After Reading” (RAT Software Scam) Oct. 2018 Update

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This page aims to help you remove “Delete Message After Reading” RAT Software Email Scam. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

Recently we have received many requests from users requesting us to help them to clarify an issue. If you have opened an email stating that you have been infected with one rat software and to “Delete the message after reading” you might be on the wrong end of a potential email scam. However, and this is important – you might very well have a trojan horse on your device! These types of email are often a prelude to real infections.

Dealing with a Trojan Horse virus infection can be a rather challenging tasks as infections of this type tend to be really harmful and also very tricky to spot on time. However, precisely because of that, the timely removal of such a virus from any infected computer is crucial. Here, we will tell you more about a malware program that is called “Delete Message After Reading”. This is a Trojan virus and it is a fairly new addition to the Trojan Horse category. Despite it being a relatively new threat, though, this virus has already claimed a big number of victims and many users out there are desperately looking for a way to liberate their PCs from the nasty malware program. In an attempt to help any of our readers who might have also had “Delete Message After Reading” compromise their systems, we have decided to also post a detailed removal guide for the virus on this page. If you, for example, have recently had this insidious virus attack your computer, make sure to visit the removal guide down below and then carefully and closely follow the listed steps. If you are having difficulty with anything related to the removal of “Delete Message After Reading”, be sure to tell us about it in the comments section and we will try to help you the best way we can. You can also find a suggested anti-malware program within the guide – the recommended malware-removal tool can greatly ease-up the process of getting rid of the nasty virus so give it a try if you want. Now, before we actually give you the removal guide, we first need to give you some additional information about Trojans like “Delete Message After Reading” and we strongly advise you to read the next lines in order to get a better understanding of the main traits and characteristics of those viruses. 

Remove “Delete Message After Reading” RAT Software Scam



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).



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:

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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. 


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:

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Being well-acquainted with the specific type of malware you’re dealing with will not only help you remove the threat but will also make it easier for you to avoid such infections in the future.

A stealthy menace

Stealth and secrecy are two typical traits typical for Trojan Horse infections that heavily contribute to their high success rate when it comes to infecting users’ computers. Sadly, in most instances of a Trojan Horse attack, the targeted user never realizes that their machine has gotten compromised at least until the purpose of the malware has been fulfilled. Depending on what the malware has been tasked with (more on that later), there might be no visible symptoms of its infection whatsoever. This makes it very tricky to detect the virus before it has managed to cause its harm to your system and/or to your virtual privacy. If you are lucky, there might be certain indications of the infection. The most common of those are unusual and frequent errors and system crashes, random sketchy blinking windows on your screen, slow-down of the computer, increased consumption of system resources like RAM, GPU memory and CPU time as well as some other similar PC behavior irregularities. That said, it is possible that none of those symptoms would be present meaning that the only option for detecting such a threat that you’d have left would be the presence of a reliable antivirus program on your machine. Now, in some cases even an antivirus might not be able to save your machine but it is still essential that you have one so as to improve your chances of intercepting threat like “Delete Message After Reading”.

As far as the distribution methods for Trojans are concerned, you need to understand that any type of online content might be a possible source for such viruses. Spam e-mail attachments, malvertising banners and pop-ups, misleading and deceitful update suggestions coming from unreliable sites, pirated software installation packs, different executable files, etc. The possibilities are endless but you still need to be careful when browsing the Internet – be sure to avoid anything that doesn’t appear to be reliable and that might not be safe. Remember, the best protection for your PC is your responsible and thoughtful behavior while you are browsing the Internet.

Harmful effects

There are all sorts of cyber-crimes that a virus like “Delete Message After Reading” might be able to conduct. System malfunction and corruption of important data, theft of personal information, espionage, remote control over your PC, etc. Trojans could also be utilized as backdoor tools providing other malicious programs such as Ransomware viruses with a gateway inside your PC. Trojans with Rootkit capabilities are also able to keep other viruses on your system hidden from your security programs, thus allowing them to remain in your system for extended periods of time without getting detected. In general, most Trojans are really versatile and could be used in a number of harmful and insidious ways. That is why you really need to make sure that your PC is cleaned off “Delete Message After Reading” so as to prevent the malware from completing its task and causing all kinds of unpleasant issues to you and your PC.


Name “Delete Message After Reading”
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms There could be different symptoms that might indicate a Trojan infection such as RAM and CPU spikes, unusual system errors, crashes, freezes and other similar irregularities.
Distribution Method Malicious web ads that link to the malware, spam e-mail campaigns, illegally distributed downloadable content and others.
Detection Tool

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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