Remove HawkEye Malware (May 2019 Update)


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

HawkEye Removal guide

The report from VirusTotal shows that multiple antivirus programs are detecting the HawkEye Malware

Trojan horse, or as most people call them Trojans, are among the most widespread and most dangerous malware families on the Internet. On this page, we will share with you important information on how to protect your computer from those threats, how to avoid their transmitters and, most importantly, how to remove them. We are also going to provide you with a specialized removal guide for one particularly nasty Trojan-based infection called HawkEye Keylogger. Stay with us if you are having trouble with this particular malware and make use of the instructions below to safely remove it. Before you scroll down, however, lets first give you some basic information about those nasty computer threats. A Trojan Horse is a malware designed to infect the targeted user’s PC in a very stealthy way and to then carry out various harmful activities in the system. Usually, the Trojans are used to steal or corrupt data but they are often also associated with the distribution of other viruses such as Ransomware and Spyware, which is the result of their ability to create vulnerabilities in the system and to open security holes that can easily be exploited. Hackers often use malicious programs like HawkEye Keylogger to gain remote access, obviously unauthorized, to a computer to infect its files and damage the system. Trojans are also used for banking fraud, theft of information, espionage and other harmful activities which can put the victim’s computer and privacy in serious danger.

A specific trait of the infections of this malware category is their ability to hide deep in the system for an indefinite period of time. Normally, it is very difficult to detect a Trojan Horse transmitter because it typically looks like a legitimate file or is hidden in some attractive message, web-link, email attachment or a software installer. That’s why, if you don’t have a professional security tool, you may easily get tricked into clicking on something malicious and you may not even get notified about the contamination that has happened.

When the virus enters the victim’s PC, it immediately tries to hide deep in the OS so as not to get detected. What is more, the malware typically shows no symptoms of its presence and silently launches its harmful activities in the background. That’s why finding and removing the Trojan is not easy and, in most cases, you may need an excellent anti-malware program to detect it.

At this point, the logical question of a user who is worried about their computer security is: “What issues should I expect if I get infected by a Trojan like HawkEye?” Unfortunately, there is no universal answer to this question because Trojans are very versatile pieces of malware and can be programmed to perform many different harmful activities. It all depends on what exactly the criminals would like to use them for. To give you a general idea of their maliciousness, let’s start by saying that these are infections primarily designed to corrupt data, to steal sensitive info, to spy or to spread other viruses. Trojans may often format the hard drive in order to destroy the documents stored on it or to insert other harmful code in the system which can perform a specific harm. Threats such as HawkEye Malware may also steal information, especially banking information and provide their creators with remote access. That’s why they should be removed immediately after you detect them.

SUMMARY:

Name HawkEye
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Almost no visible symptoms can give the Trojan Horse away.
Distribution Method  Spam, infected software installers, illegal websites, torrents, pirated content, harmful email, malicious attachments, ads.
Detection Tool

Remove HawkEye 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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