Trojan

Varenyky Malware


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This page aims to help you remove the Varenyky Malware Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows and Mac.

The Varenyky Virus

The Varenyky Virus is a malicious program used for spying on people. When it’s in the user’s computer, the Varenyky Virus may take screencaps or even record short videos of the user’s screen, if the target is visiting sites with adult content (porn sites, adult chat rooms, etc).

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Reports about the Varenyky virus

Any images, or video footage gathered by the Varenyky virus can then be used by the hackers to extort money from you via blackmailing. The criminals would probably threaten that they would upload the captured images/videos online, and/or send them to your contacts if you don’t pay a ransom to them. They may even send you some of the materials they’ve captured in order to prove to you that they aren’t simply trying to scam you.

Trojans are quite a commonly-encountered form of malware, and one of the reasons for that is because they are so versatile in their abilities. Once a Trojan gains the privileges of an Admin’s account inside a given computer, it could carry out many different tasks inside the machine and even facilitate the infection with other threats like Ransomware and Spyware. Regardless of whether the role of the Trojan Horse infection in a computer is primary or secondary, such a malware attack shouldn’t be ignored. Instead, the computer’s user should do everything in their power to stop and remove the offending program. Speaking of things you can do, there are several options you can try in order to rid your system of such malware. Here, we will take the recently reported Varenyky Trojan Horse infection as an example – below, we will show you exactly what you should do if you have this virus in your system and need to have it eliminated. If you follow all of our instructions exactly as they have been written, and /or if you use the software removal tool, the chances of eliminating the infection are quite high. The important thing is to act ASAP, and to not waste any time, because if Varenyky is allowed to stay in your machine for any extended period of time, the consequences of that could be quite unpleasant.

The Varenyky Malware Threat

The Varenyky malware is a Trojan Horse that spies on its victims. The Varenyky malware gets active when the user is visiting sites with adult content. Varenyky aims to take sccreencaps and record short videos of the user’s screen. This may also happen if any site containing keywords related to sex gets visited.

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A sample picture of a document spreading the Varenyky malware.

If the Varenyky malware manages to capture any such images and/or videos of your screen, the hackers would likely attempt to blackmail you. They might tell you to send them money unless you want them to publicly release the footage they’ve captured using the Varenyky malware. It is possible that some of that footage gets sent to you as proof that it really exists оn the hacker’s computer, waiting to be released.

Varenyky (as named by its finders) is a malware that logs in users’ activity on infected machines, waiting for the user to go on a pornographic website. Varenyky then starts to make a video of the screen, recording it so the malware creator can later use it for blackmail and scare tactics. 

As we already noted, Trojan infections like Varenyky seek to gain Admin right in the attacked machine, which allows them to carry out their shady business with great effectiveness. The way a Trojan would typically gain those Admin rights is by tricking the user into opening some file that carries the malware. This file could, for example, be a misleading e-mail attachment, a fake update installer, or the installation file of some pirated game or some other program. This is why it is so very important to only download and open files in your system that originate from reliable sources.

Once the infected file gets opened by an Admin account on the computer, the Trojan in it gains the same rights as the Admin and it can then start carrying out its nasty business. The Trojan could, for instance, be tasked with spying on you and learning your banking details and numbers, or it may try to download some Ransomware cryptovirus in your system. Many Trojans are tasked with initiating processes of cryptocurrency mining in the machines of their victims, using all the CPU, GPU, and RAM power of the infected computer to mine as much cryptocurrency as possible. Needless to say, in such cases, the infected machine is likely to become almost unusable due to the severe slow-downs it would probably experience. The possible uses of threats like Varenyky, Save YourselfDrive by Exploit aren’t only those we just mentioned – the examples from above were only that, examples. We can’t tell you what this infection may try to do in your case but what we can tell you is that you should definitely not give it a chance to carry out its nasty activities in your computer!

SUMMARY:

Name Varenyky
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Some of the symptoms may include the sudden crash of your system, errors of some of your software, unusual slow-downs, and so on.
Distribution Method There are many methods used to spread Trojans – from spam letters with infected attachments to malvertisements and pirated downloads.
Detection Tool

Varenyky Virus Removal

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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