RestMinder is a malicious piece of software that security researchers have categorized as a Trojan Horse. RestMinder stealthy nature, malicious abilities, and many distribution methods make it a very serious danger to any computer that may get infected by it.
In the lines below, we will tell you about its most important characteristics, and we will show you a possible way to remove it from your computer in case it gets, or has already gotten infected. Be sure to read all the information we have prepared for you on this page, and be especially careful with the steps from the guide, because there is a risk of deleting something in your computer that you shouldn’t if you aren’t cautious enough.
What you must know about RestMinder, and other threats of its type
Most Trojans rely on stealth and disguise both to enter the system, and to stay in it until their job is done. In order to infect a given computer without raising any suspicion, threats like RestMinder, Great Discover, Walliant utilize different disguise techniques. Commonly, a Trojan would be disguised as something seemingly harmless, or even as something that the users who encounter it may be willing to interact with. For instance, hackers who create Trojans may make them look like program installers, and then upload them to different file-sharing sites. Users who accidentally download the Trojan from such a site would likely open its file, thinking it will install some useful program. Of course, what would happen instead is the computer in question would get infected by the threat, and the user may not even realize it. Another option for Trojans to enter the users’ computers is after the potential victims open the attachments of various spam emails, and other spam messages. Spam, in general, is a commonly used technique for malware distribution. The malvertising is one more way Trojans the likes of RestMinder could get to you. If you open some shady online ad, the infection may get directly downloaded onto your machine, and in some cases it may not even require any further interaction with the malicious file. All in all, there are various ways such malware may get to your system, and once it’s there, it could be quite challenging to find its files, Registry entries, and processes, as a lot of Trojans tend to disguise their elements as OS-related ones. This makes it rather tricky to recognize the malicious content, and delete it, but hopefully the guide from down below, and the tested automatic anti-malware tool would help you do that.
What damage may you face?
Since RestMinder is a new threat of one of the most versatile categories of malware, we can’t yet tell you what it’s main purpose is. Generally, Trojans can spy on your activities, gather sensitive data about you, infect your system with other malware such as Rootkits and Ransomware, and even take over your whole machine, and use it for different sketchy tasks. In order to prevent any of this from taking place, we urge you to use the steps below as soon as you are finished reading the current article!
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove RestMinder Virus
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
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
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:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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—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!