Remove Vidar Malware (Jan. 2019 Update)


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

There are many different malicious viruses and malware programs that lurk in the Internet and wait to infect the computers of the less cautious and vigilant users. Ransomware, Spyware, Rootkits, Worms, Trojan Horses as well as many other insidious and highly dangerous pieces of malware can be encountered if you are not careful enough. Here, in this post, we will be focusing on a threat named Vidar Malware- this is a new representative of the Trojan Horse family and it is a cyber threat that should not be underestimated. Normally, a Trojan Horse virus such as this one wouldn’t really show any symptoms that can easily be noticed and which can give away the presence of the threat inside the infected machine. However, since you are on this page, reading an article about Vidar Malware, it is highly likely that you have discovered this insidious threat inside your machine and that you are now looking for ways to save your system from the negative effects of the infection. If that’s your case at the moment, we need to tell you that the quicker you act, the better. There is really no time to be wasted here since this sort of infections could lead to many serious issues with your computer and with your virtual security and privacy.

An important fact about most Trojans is that they tend to be versatile when it comes to the type of damage and malicious tasks that they could be sued for. Corruption of important data in your computer, theft of passwords and usernames, espionage, bringing other malware to your computer and providing the hackers with access to your system are only few of the many potential malicious uses of such a threat. Keeping this in mind, you need to take immediate action towards ridding your computer of the threat. To help you with this challenging task, we have added a removal guide for the Vidar infection in the lines below.

Remove Vidar 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

Proper surfing habits can prevent future infections with malware

The one most important and effective way to prevent future attacks from Trojan Horses like Vidar and from any other form of malware really, is to ensure that you never put your computer at risk through the way your browse the Internet. What this means is you mustn’t visit sites or pages that may not be safe for your system’s security and you mustn’t interact with content that may be hazardous. Such content could be any type of spam message or potentially misleading web ad. Also, pirated downloads or sites that platforms them are also something you need to stay away from if you are to keep your computer safe in the future. Although an antivirus program won’t guarantee your machine stays safe in all cases, especially if you don’t browse the Internet carefully, having such software in your system is still highly important since in many of the cases, this may be your only chance of spotting a potential Trojan Horse attack from a virus like Vidar on time, before any serious damage has been caused.

SUMMARY:

Name Vidar
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Various forms of system disturbances can occur during a Trojan Horse attack.
Distribution Method This type of viruses can get distributed in all kinds of ways – spam messages, phishing pages, illegal downloads, pirated software, fake ads and many more.
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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