Trojan

Sload Malware


Sload

Sload is a malicious infection of the Trojan horse type that can compromise your computer in a number of ways. For instance, Sload can turn the infected computer into a bot, exploit its resources for criminal purposes, or delete all the information stored on it.

Sload

Sload acts as a delivery system for more comprehensive types of malware.

Thousands of malicious programs may be found on the web but Trojans are the most common and the most multifunctional. If an infection of this type sneaks inside your system, you may not even know it until some real damage has been caused. This is truly scary, and, sadly, no one can predict the harmful effects of the Trojan’s attack on your computer. Therefore, if you have a suspicion that a threat called Sload has compromised your machine, the best you could do is to quickly check your system with a reliable security tool and remove any files that might be related to the infection. Sload is not malware to ignore because its harmful abilities as a typical Trojan horse can literally be unlimited.

The Sload Malware 

The first potential danger arising from a Trojan infection could be related to its ability to exploit system vulnerabilities and to introduce other malware to the infected computer. More often than not, a threat like Sload Malwre can serve as a backdoor to Ransomware and Spyware which means that you can get compromised not by one but by a whole bunch of malicious programs at once.

The Trojan may also be used to spy on you. With its help, the criminal creators who are in control can collect information about you through your web camera, through the microphones of your device, or by creating copies of recent keystrokes, etc. All of these details may be used to hack your bank accounts and steal your money, to steal your identity through hacking into your social media accounts and even to blackmail you or harass you emotionally and physically. It all depends on the hackers’ intentions regarding what to do with your information. For instance, many potential cases of physical abuse can begin with a Trojan horse virus. This malicious software can help a hacker find all the information about your home and work addresses, your photos and videos, your social security numbers, passwords, and even what valuable things you keep in your home.

If not removed on time, an infection like Sload may target your computer’s resources. Your PC may be converted into a tool for the distribution of spam and other viruses and may be included in criminal bot networks that perform remote malicious commands. One of the explanations why threats like Sload are so widespread and common comes from the fact that the Trojans can camouflage really well and can use many different types of web content as transmitters. 

Such infections can be caught from all over the Internet, including from text documents, photos, intriguing links, downloadable files, software installers, email spam and more. Such a virus can also come from a website that is infected – for instance, shareware or a video streaming site.

How to remove Sload

This particularly dangerous software can be identified and removed using our guide below. If this is the first time you are dealing with a Trojan horse, however, you may also have to request help from a professional or use our special removal tool. No matter which method you choose, just make sure that you delete Sload as soon as possible because keeping it on your computer can cause irreparable damage.

SUMMARY:

Name Sload
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  It is not typical for Trojans to show visible signs of their presence, thus they may lack any particular symptoms.
Distribution Method You may find Trojans in different cracked software installers, spam email attachments, fake and malicious ads, torrents and illegal websites.
Detection Tool

Remove Sload 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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