Remove Shamoon Malware (Feb. 2019 Update)


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

Nobody wants to get their computer infected by a Trojan Horse virus and yet the attacks from such malware threats are some of the most common ones. Trojan viruses, in general, are among the most harmful and problematic as well as among the most widespread cyber threats out there and if that’s not enough, newer versions and representatives of this malware group seem to pop-up pretty much every week (if not every day). A lot of users find it difficult to keep their computers safe and secure against such malicious programs and things get even worse after an infection with a Trojan has occurred because it might be really difficult to detect and remove the malware before it has completed its insidious task. With all that said, it should be painfully obvious that you really need to take care of your machine’s security and ensure that your system stays protected against any potential Trojan Horse threats that might be coming your way. This, however, is easier said than done which is why we will try to help you keep your machine safe in future and keep Trojans away from it as much as possible. Also, we understand that a lot of visitors to this site come with hopes of finding help for malware infections that have already occurred on their computers. For instance, there is one particularly nasty Trojan Horse virus called Shamoon Malware that was recently released and is likely the reason why a lot of you have landed on this page in search of help against it. Fortunately, we might be able to offer you such help with our removal guide manual for the Shamoon Malware threat that you can find further down on this page. The manual steps from the guide will hopefully enable you to locate any data on your PC that is associated with the infection and remove it so that the virus would no longer be able to operate inside your system.

Remove Shamoon Malware


 

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

However, know that sometimes the manual steps from the guide might not be enough to solve everything in which case you might need to resort to another method for taking care of the infection. One possible option in such a case could be for you to use a reliable anti-malware tool like the one we have recommended in our guide. You can also use the recommended tool in case you feel like you won’t be able to correctly follow all the instructions from the guide in which case using an automatic removal method might be a better option. Of course, the best and potentially most effective way for eliminating the Shamoon virus would be if you combine both methods (the guide and the anti-malware program) as this will give you the highest chance for success.

Specifics of Trojan Horse threats

The sneaky nature of virus programs like Shamoon plays a major role in their ability to infect most computers without getting intercepted. The typical things about such threats is that they are distributed with the help of some kinds of disguise. There are many different kinds of disguise that can be used for the distribution of a Trojan virus – the malware might be put inside a pirated software installer or attached to a spam e-mail in the form of a file or a link. Malvertising ads and fake web requests are also commonly used to trick the user into interacting with the malware’s carrier. There really are many other options out there and if you aren’t careful with the content that you interact with while browsing, you can easily land some nasty virus like Shamoon Malware.

Another particularly unpleasant aspect of Trojan infections is that they are difficult to notice and might oftentimes lack visible symptoms. Still, unusual system behavior might give them away so be on the lookout for increased use of RAM, GPU and CPU as well as sudden crashes or unusual errors that seem to be occurring without an apparent reason. An antivirus program could prove to be really helpful for spotting Trojans so bear that in mind and consider getting one if you don’t currently have an antivirus.

Damage

It’s somewhat difficult to determine the exact type of damage that a Trojan might cause due to the versatile and multifunctional nature of those viruses. For instance, they might corrupt your machine’s system and the data on your hard drives but they might also spy on you or load other malicious programs inside the machine (Rootkits, Spyware, Ransomware, etc.). Additionally, it is highly possible that a Trojan gives remote control over your PC to the hackers who control the malware which would then allow them to use your PC for their criminal agendas without you having any idea about it. There are many other possible uses for threats like Shamoon Malware and we can’t tell you for certain what this virus might be trying to achieve if it’s on your PC. One thing’s for certain, though – you really need to eliminate the Trojan before it’s too late and its task has already been completed.

SUMMARY:

Name Shamoon Malware
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  A Trojan infection might cause all kinds of system disturbance but it’s all situational so in many cases there might be no symptoms whatsoever.
Distribution Method There are many different methods for Trojan Horse distribution – ads, spam messages, illegal downloads, other kinds of pirated content, hazardous sites and pages, etc.
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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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