Serve.iso is among the most versatile types of malware out there – Trojan horse viruses. This means that in addition to that, Serve.iso is also incredibly stealthy.
In fact, most Trojan horse infections happen without any symptoms and without the users’ knowledge and that’s why it is a good idea to scan your PC for such hidden malware. Threats of this kind typically operate in stealth and can steal your passwords or login credentials, spy on you via your webcam or mic, launch various harmful processes, transmit personal data to the servers of its criminal creators and many more illegal activities. Sadly, Trojan infections are very widespread and extremely difficult to detect and that’s why the chances of landing one is rather high.
A recently reported Trojan infection which has lately claimed an impressive number of victims is Serve.iso. This particular threat is considered to be quite advanced and, thus, it may be capable of performing different harmful activities such as the ones described above. On this page, we will describe its most common activities as well as the most typical transmitters that can distribute it. Should your security tool detect it on your PC, do not lose time and take all the necessary steps to remove the Trojan from your system. For those of you who might need additional help, we have also added a manual removal guide and provided our readers with a recommended Serve.iso removal tool which can safely and effectively eliminate the hidden malicious code from your system.
The Server.iso virus
If you’ve waited to see any visible symptoms of the Server.iso virus, then you have really waited for too long. Trojans like Server.iso virus typically hide their symptoms for as long as possible and try to complete their malicious tasks in stealth.
They can mess with the system by launching background processes which can modify its Registry, replace vital files of the OS, delete user data, change the user settings, steal sensitive information, block security software and create vulnerabilities for other malware programs (such as ransomware or spyware) to sneak in.
In most cases, the victims come to know about the infection after some serious damage has occurred. For instance, they may suddenly receive a blackmailing message from the hacker, who has secretly spied on them from months or might realize that they cannot access their accounts because their passwords have been compromised. Some Trojans may perform banking fraud and may drain users’ accounts after logging in with their credentials. In other cases, threats like Serve.iso and RestMinder may corrupt the infected machine completely or turn it into a bot so that the hackers can exploit its resources. That’s why, it is extremely important to remove the Trojans as soon as possible and protect your PC with reliable anti-malware software which can quickly detect and remove any malware.
Remove Serve.iso Virus
Users who have been infected by Trojans are frequently confused with where to begin the process of eliminating these threats. Indeed, dealing with malware such as Serve.iso may be difficult, which is why we’ve put up a step-by-step removal guide to assist you.
The Trojan removal should begin with a search for harmful software (or other suspicious-looking apps) in the list of installed applications. The following quick instructions will provide a more in-depth explanation of what you should do:
- With your computer started, click on the Start menu button in the bottom-left corner of your screen to access the Windows search field.
- Launch the Control Panel application by typing its name in the search field. Then select Programs and Features, and then select Uninstall a Program.
- The new window should provide a list of all the programs that have been installed on your computer.
- Look for any suspicious-sounding programs, such as ‘Serve.iso’, and any other randomly-named apps that you can’t recall installing.
- Uninstall Serve.iso from your computer, as well as any other components that may have been installed alongside it which appear to be harmful, then restart your computer.
In the event that you see a popup window similar to the one below when attempting to uninstall the suspicious software, simply click NO and proceed with the removal procedure.
If you want to clean your computer completely, it’s also a good idea to read through the full steps provided in this guide. We’ll scan the Registry, the Startup settings, and other important system locations to make sure there are no traces of Serve.iso left behind.
The next step is to restart the computer in Safe Mode (click this link for details). When you restart your computer in Safe Mode, you’ll be able to quickly identify any unusual processes or applications that may be causing problems.
This page containing Serve.iso removal instructions should best be saved to your browser’s bookmarks for future reference because in this way, you will not have to seek for the removal instructions again after the Safe Mode restart, but will instead be able to click on the bookmark to continue where you left off.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Trojan threats like as Serve.iso may employ a variety of techniques to conceal their malicious activity. That’s why, one of the first locations where you need to head off after you restart the system is the Task Manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC). This will allow you to see what processes are running when you restart the system in Safe Mode.
Among the things to check for are processes with strange names or processes that consume a large amount of CPU or Memory but are not related with any of the programs you use on a regular basis.
To check whether or not your computer has been infected with malware, simply select “Open File Location” from the right-click menu of a process that appears suspicious, as shown in the image below:
Once you’ve seen the files associated with the process that is disturbing you, run them through our free online virus scanner to check if they contain any malicious code:
Based on the results of the scan, you will be able to figure out whether the files are dangerous and remove them. Prior to doing so, however, make sure that the associated process has been stopped by right-clicking on it and selecting the End Process option.
Next, you need to check System Configuration for any unusual startup items that Serve.iso may have installed without your knowledge.
You will save time by typing msconfig in the Windows Search field and pressing the Enter key on your keyboard. After that, navigate to the System Configuration’s Startup tab and search for any Serve.iso-related startup items:
Don’t hesitate to do an online research on any startup items that belong to “Unknown” manufacturers, have unusual names, or simply look suspicious. Then, based on the information you gather, you should uncheck their checkbox to disable them if they turn out to be related to the Trojan infection.
The next thing we recommend you to do is check the Host file on your computer to see whether any unwanted modifications have been made there without your knowledge.
Open it by hitting the Windows key and the R key at the same time, and then paste the following in the Run box:
Locate the term “Localhost” in the text of the Hosts file and then look at the image below:
Let us know if you come across any virus-creator IP addresses under “Localhost” in your Hosts file by posting a comment below. A member of our team will review the IP addresses and make recommendations on the best course of action for you to take.
The removal of any registry entries that are associated with the virus is the last, but also the most critical step, which requires your utmost attention because any wrong actions here may affect the overall system’s performance and stability.
To start the Registry Editor, open the Windows search field and type regedit it, then hit the Enter key.
Then, by holding down the CTRL and F keys at the same time, open the Find box in the Registry Editor. To begin the search, type the Trojan’s name in the Find box and click the Find Next button. Then, remove any files or folders with that name from your computer’s registry.
If no results are found using this method, you can manually navigate to the following keys from the left panel of the Registry Editor:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
In each of the locations, you should search for and delete any questionable entries that you strongly believe are part of the Trojan.
If you are unsure about which files to erase, or if you don’t want to risk mistakenly deleting something genuine, better scan your computer with the anti-virus software recommended on this page or use the free online virus scanner to look for malware in individual files. As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the manual removal guide or its instructions, please post them in the comments area below, and we will do our best to reply to you shortly.