SocGholish Malware

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SocGholish is a virus from the Trojan Horse type that utilizes multiple ways of camouflage to avoid identification when targeting computers. Threats such as SocGholish are popular for their stealthiness and the broad spectrum of ways in which hackers can exploit them.

If your machine has been infected by a terrifying virus like the recently reported SocGholish , it might be very frightening and panic-inducing for you to face it and deal with it effectively. However, this is precisely where it is incredibly important to stay calm and to make rational choices on what to do next. Besides, we are here to discuss this scary Trojan Horse with you and provide you with a potential solution to the problems caused by it in the form of a detailed removal guide.

The SocGholish Malware

Trojans are one of the most terrifying cyber threats as they usually are very difficult to detect during the time when they are nested inside the compromised computer. Many victims don’t even know that they have been infected with a threat like the SocGholish malware before something harmful happens to their system.

Acting quickly and effectively when it comes to dealing with Trojan Horses is the key behavior that ensures a successful and risk-free deletion of the malicious code from the system. That’s why, the fact that you are on this page and you are already reading how to check your system for SocGholish and remove it, gives you a great advantage and allows you to take quick and effective counteraction measures, hopefully before the malware manages to unleash its full malicious potential.


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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove SocGholish !

How to remove SocGholish

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find SocGholish in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select SocGholish from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to SocGholish .
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to SocGholish .
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove SocGholish from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the SocGholish extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to SocGholish and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of SocGholish on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the SocGholish extension
  4. Get rid of SocGholish by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “SocGholish ” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete SocGholish

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the SocGholish process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete SocGholish
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “SocGholish ” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall SocGholish

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for SocGholish in there
    4. Uninstall SocGholish from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any SocGholish -related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to SocGholish in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What damage may SocGholish cause?

    As we mentioned in the beginning, Trojans are multipurpose malicious tools. They may easily be programmed to keep track of your personal details and steal them, as well as transfer, corrupt or destroy your digital information, tinker with your system processes and network settings, secretly record your conversations, and even capture videos of you through your hacked web camera.
    Such a malware can even load the machine with more viruses (Ransomware, Spyware and other Trojans like Bbwc) and even allow hackers to control your computer remotely without your knowledge. Hopefully, by taking care of the infection with the help of the manual steps below, or by using a professional removal tool, you can prevent most of its negative effects.
    Once you successfully remove SocGholish , however, you really have to make sure that the virus doesn’t come back and screw with the machine again. The easiest way to avoid such future infections is to be vigilant while you are surfing the Internet and visiting different web pages.
    Trojans like this one typically use many types of camouflage as well as different types of web content as transmitters. Pirated software and free programs, low-quality websites with misdealing links, fake pop-up ads and e-mails with infected attachments are among the most common carriers of this kind of infections. Most of the time, it is almost impossible to detect Trojans and avoid them without the help of reliable security software. Moreover, there usually are no visible symptoms that can give these threats away once they infect the system. Thus, it is really important not to neglect the need to protect your computer against such threats with an antivirus or an anti-malware tool.

    About the author

    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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