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Remove StealthWorker Malware


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

The Trojan Horses are likely the most widespread form of malware and for a good reason – their malicious abilities allow the hackers who use them to achieve all sorts of criminal goals – data theft, espionage on the computers’ users, controlling the processes in the system and initiating new and malicious ones, damaging important system data, allowing other viruses to enter the machine and many more. All in all, the versatility of the Trojan Horse infections is one of the things that makes them so commonly used for all kinds of cyber criminal purposes. In addition to that, these insidious infections are also known for their stealthiness – most such threats are able to silently infiltrate their target and operate in full stealth while inside the computer. Although in some instances the user of the infected machine may notice some unusual activity such as unexpected errors, system crashes and software freezes, there are no guarantees that any of those symptoms would be present if your computer has gotten attacked by a Trojan.

Dealing with such threats is also a rather challenging task, especially if you do not have reliable security software on your machine and/or if you aren’t an experienced user. Here, on this site, however, our goal is to help the victims of such threats and within this particular article, we will be focusing on the so-called StealthWorker Trojan Horse – one of the newest additions to the Trojan Horse family of malware programs. In the guide posted right below, you will be given instructions arranged in a neat set of steps that you are supposed to follow in case StealthWorker is presently residing inside your computer. These steps will allow you to eliminate the threat and save your computer from its negative effects so be sure to give the guide a go if you suspect that the nasty Trojan may have infected your system.

As you have likely already noticed, in addition to the manual guide instructions, we have also included a professional removal tool inside this article on this page – you are advised to use that tool if you don’t think you can handle the manual steps or if for some reason they haven’t been enough to solve everything.

Future protection tips to help you keep your computer safe

The hackers and the cyber criminals that seek to target the users’ computers have found many ways to stealthily distributed their malicious malware programs to as many systems as possible. The infections of the Trojan Horse category are some of the most commonly encountered forms of malware and, understandably, there are very many ways they could get distributed. StealthWorker, for instance, may come to your computer disguised as a seemingly harmless attachment added to some spam e-mail. It may also be included in a pirated program’s installer or be linked to some sketchy online ad or offer. Fake updates and questionable sites are also common sources of viruses like StealthWorker. Make sure to avoid all of these and to also keep your computer protected by strong and reliable antivirus or anti-malware program so as to avoid future encounters with nefarious programs the likes of StealthWorker.

SUMMARY:

Name StealthWorker
Type Malware
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Trojans may cause your system to behave oddly, experience frequent errors, crashes and freezes as well as any other suspicious signs that something’s not quite right.
Distribution Method Different kinds of spam and pirated software as well as misleading online advertisements and prompts could spread this type of malware.
Detection Tool

Remove StealthWorker 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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