Remove Remcos RAT Malware (Nov. 2018 Update)


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

Every computer owner and user needs to have a basic understanding of the main kinds of malware that are lurking the Internet so that they know how to keep their machines protected against them. You have certainly already heard about the malware category known as Trojan Horses – after all, those are among the most widespread virtual threats and they are known for targeting all kinds of devices – not only PC computers but also Macs, Android smartphones and even iOS devices. Having a general understanding of the typical traits of a Trojan Horse virus is essential if you’d like to keep your device safe and protected in the future. However, since Trojan viruses are very sneaky malware programs, it’s easy to make a mistake that could lead to your computer getting infected by some nasty virus of this category. A recently reported piece of malware named Remcos which falls under the Trojan Horse malware category is the main topic of this article because it’s currently one of the worst pieces of malware you may encounter. The information about it is still rather limited but we can still offer you a general guide that might help you remove the threat.

Since the virus is relatively new, we can’t tell you with hundred percent certainty what it may be able to do once inside your system – unlike more specifically purposed threats like Ransomware and Spyware, Trojans are rather versatile meaning that they may be used for different things – from data theft, espionage and system corruption to distributing other viruses, remotely controlling the invaded machine and stealing private info. Regardless of what the virus may try to do, one thing remains a constant and that is the importance of ensuring that it gets removed from your computer in case it has already managed to infect it.

Remove Remcos 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


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 for some reason our guide was not enough to resolve your Remcos problem, you can also resort to the use of the suggested removal program that we have linked on this page. You can, of course, also use both the guide’s instructions and the recommended anti-malware tool for best results – the important thing is to waste no time and immediately take precautions and action toward eliminating Remcos in case it’s on your PC.

Future protection tips to bear in mind

Since Trojans are masters of disguise, you really can’t be too careful online – anything you come across there could be a Trojan carrier – an attachment to some online letter, a pirated program or a low-quality app, a fake update prompt, a sketchy advert and so on.

A particularly nasty Trojan Horse trait is the overall lack of symptoms during Trojan attacks. Remcos is likely no exception to that and this is why we advise our readers to make sure they have some form of software protection on their machines – a good antivirus or a good anti-malware program could make all the difference in some instances as it could tell you about any potentially hazardous programs that may currently be in your system.

SUMMARY:

Name Remcos
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Some possible symptoms that may or may not occur are increased use of system resources such as RAM, processor time and HDD space as well as errors, crashes, freezes and slow-downs of the PC.
Distribution Method Trojans can get distributed in a lot of different ways some of which are through spam letters, malicious web advertisements, fake update prompts, illegally distributed program downloads and so on.
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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