Remove Orcus RAT Malware (April 2019 Update)

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

There are certain types of computer threats, which you should better never come across. The Trojan Horses are among them as they are some of the nastiest infections imaginable. They spread via different transmitters and can infect the system in a very stealthy way that you will likely not notice. What is more, they can be used for a number of criminal activities and, if not removed on time, they may lead to serious software damage. Oftentimes, the Trojans can help other malware such as Ransomware or Spyware to get into the computer and to further damage it or mess with whatever’s in it. That’s why it is very important to keep your PC protected by periodically scanning the machine with a trusted antivirus program and immediately take actions to eliminate any possible threat the very moment you notice anything suspicious. Unfortunately, in case of an infection with a Trojan Horse, especially like the one that we will discuss in the next lines, there may be no visible symptoms, which makes the task even more difficult. Orcus RAT is the name of a new Trojan-based infection which is spreading actively all around the web and secretly attacking the computers of different users. If you are one of the latest victims of this virus, make sure that you read this article to the end to gain a better understanding of the nature of this threat and the best methods that you can use to remove it.

Trojans usually are distributed with the help of different transmitters and Orcus RAT Malware is not an exception. This particular threat can be found in spam messages, malicious email attachments, torrents, low-quality sites, illegal pages, pop-ups, malicious links and other types of commonly encountered web content. One click on the malware carrier is usually all that it takes to get infected. Eliminating the harmful code effectively, however, can oftentimes be challenging. That’s why we suggest you use the instructions in the removal guide that follows and scan your system with the professional removal tool that’s in it for optimal results.

A Trojan virus is most often part of a planned multistage attack on selected computers or networks. This means that the infection may perform many different tasks until it completes the agenda of its criminal creators. An advanced threat like Orcus RAT Malware, for instance, may imitate the name and the icon of an attractive program, software component or data file (such as an image) in order to trick the user into running the infectious file. Once activated, the malware may corrupt, replace, modify or delete certain personal files or important system data. It may also secretly spy on the victim’s activities and steal their passwords, login credentials, banking details, credit or debit card numbers and other sensitive information, which may later be transmitted to the remote servers of the hackers. Additionally, Orcus RAT may create security holes in the system by blocking the existing security program and disabling the firewall, thus opening the way for other malware to invade the computer.


Name Orcus RAT
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  This infection rarely can show any symptoms of its presence because it tries to hide in the system for long.
Distribution Method  Spam messages, infected attachments, malicious emails, misleading ads and pop-ups, torrents, low-quality sites. 
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Remove Orcus RAT 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


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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:



To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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

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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