Spotify Trojan Dropper

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Spotify Trojan Dropper

Trojan horse viruses like Spotify Trojan Dropper are a very malicious and widespread category of software threats that could target anyone and be sued to execute many harmful tasks inside the attacked machine. Usually, infections like Spotify Trojan Dropper come disguised as something that would trick users into believing that the malware carrier is actually harmless.

Spotify Trojan Dropper
The Spotify Trojan Dropper Agent – a new addition to the Trojan horse category

The examples here are many and if you know anything about how to stay safe on the Internet, you should already know some of the potential distribution tactics that can be used to spread Trojans. For instance, every computer user should know that it is not a very good idea to open and interact with the contents of e-mails that have been sent by anonymous or unknown senders, especially if the e-mail contains some form of attachment. The attachment could be anything: a hyperlink, a form that needs to be filled, some software installer, an image file or some other file and many more.

Another common technique some hackers employ is the use of pirated software. This is why, aside from being illegal, downloading pirated programs, games, music, films and more is also dangerous for the safety of your computer. Oftentimes, a pirated file may have a Trojan added to it and once you download and execute said file, the malware is activated on your computer.

The third really common method that can be used for the purposes of distributing Trojans is the well-known malvertising technique. The name speaks for itself – misleading, fake and deceptive ads are used to trick the users into opening harmful links and downloading the Trojan in their computer without realizing it.

If you have recently done any of that or if you have interacted with some other infected piece of content, it’s possible you have gotten your computer attacked by the insidious Spotify Trojan Dropper and Altruistics  are new addition to the Trojan horse category that are very dangerous. Below, however, you may receive the help needed to free your computer from this threat before it’s too late.

The dangers of having Spotify Trojan Dropper in your system

The current data we have on Spotify Trojan Dropper is still partially incomplete which prevents us from telling you what the exact goal of the infection may be. In fact, since Trojans are known for their versatility, the uses of such an advanced infection may vary from one infection instance to another. Nevertheless, we can still provide you with an overall idea of what may happen to your machine if you don’t remove the virus in time.

Trojan viruses are really stealthy malware programs able to remain undetected for very long periods of time. While in the computer, they may create vulnerabilities in your system that are called backdoors and allow other infections like ransomware, worms and rootkits to sneak it and maybe even give the hackers behind them direct access to all your data. In other cases, a Trojan may work as a spyware program and gather sensitive information about you. In addition, your machine may get turned into a spam or DDoS bot, thus becoming part of the Trojan’s own botnet. And those are just a small number of examples we’ve given you and not a whole list of the possible Trojan horse uses. The important thing is to not waste any time and instead remove the infection with our guide’s help ASAP.

SUMMARY:

NameSpotify Trojan Dropper
TypeTrojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms The sneaky Trojans hardly ever show visible symptoms.
Distribution MethodSpam messages, pirated programs and malvertising are some typical distribution tactics.
Detection Tool

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Remove Spotify Trojan Dropper 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


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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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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