Remove Hacktool Win32 Autokms Virus (September 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Hacktool Win32 Autokms. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

It can be rather difficult to detect a Trojan Horse infection and yet, since you are on this page, you have most likely spotted a virus program inside your PC named Hacktool Win32 Autokms. Hacktool Win32 Autokms is a representative of the Trojan Horse category of malware viruses and as such, it is one of the most dangerous piece of software you could get on your PC. As you probably already know, Trojans are the worst – they are stealthy, highly-harmful and could be used in a number of ways to complete a variety of criminal tasks. Of course, not all infections of this type are the same – some are less dangerous than others and a lot of the older Trojans can be taken care of rather easily through the use of a reliable antivirus program. That said, Hacktool Win32 Autokms is one of the newest versions of the Trojan Horse category meaning that it is also likely one of the more advanced viruses of this type. With this in mind, we have decided to come up with this article were we provide our readers with a more in-depth look into the different characteristic traits of viruses like Hacktool Win32 Autokms so that you could all have a good idea what you are dealing with if this nasty malware piece is currently active inside your system.

Of course, if the Trojan is indeed in your computer, you would need to take immediate action towards getting rid of it. This, however, would require that you carry out a number of steps before you could be sure that the infection is indeed gone. For that, we have put together a guide with all the steps that you might need to undertake in order to fully eliminate the threat. The guide can be found down below so go ahead and have a look at it and maybe give it a try in case you suspect that the nasty Trojan Horse might be inside your system.

Note, however, that it is possible that the guide might not work for all of you depending on how severe the infection is. Also, some of the users might find the instructions rather complicated or advanced and might not be comfortable with manually executing them. In either of those cases, know that you could also resort to the specialized removal tool that’s also in the guide.

Remove Hacktool Win32 Autokms


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

Sneaky malware

One of the things that makes Trojans one of the most feared and dreaded category of software viruses is the fact that they can be extremely stealthy. The infection methods used by Trojan Horse creators normally include the use of some form of disguise – something that would trick the user to manually open or download the virus and thus introduce it to the PC system. The methods used here are numerous – anything from a spam e-mail with some obscure file attachment or a sketchy web advert or offer to a low-quality or pirated software download could be used for the distribution of a virus like Hacktool Win32 Autokms. Those examples, however, are certainly not the only possible ways of spreading Trojan Horse infections. The good news, however, is that there’s a lot you can do to prevent such threats from reaching your PC. As you can see, the common thing between most distribution techniques for such malware is that they usually use questionable-looking sources for the virus. If you make sure to stay away from the shadier corners of the World Wide Web and if you avoid interacting with online content that might not be reliable, the chances of you getting a Trojan on your computer would certainly go down.

Another typical trait of Trojans is the fact that you might not notice any infection symptoms while your PC is under attack. This is why it is usually a good idea to have your machine armed with some kind of security software – a reliable antivirus or anti-malware (or both) tool. That said, sometimes, sudden and unusual errors, crashes and slow-downs might be possible indications of a Trojan Horse infection.

In what ways can a Trojan damage you?

As said earlier in this article, a typical Trojan Horse threat could harm your system in many ways – data corruption, crashes, unresponsiveness, etc. However, in addition to that, there could be other ways in which an infection like Hacktool Win32 Autokms could be used. Trojans are also known for being able to spy on their victims, to steal personal info and to take control over the targeted machine. All in all, you really wouldn’t want to face all the possible consequences that might come from a Trojan Horse infection which is why we strongly advise you to make use of the information on this page and eliminate the infection ASAP.

SUMMARY:

Name Hacktool Win32 Autokms
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  A Trojan might affect the overall performance and stability of your system but there might also be no visible symptoms whatsoever.
Distribution Method Malicious spam messages, sketchy and deceitful web ads, illegally distributed programs, games and media files, etc.
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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