STRRAT is a Trojan Horse virus that was recently reported to our team, and our job throughout the next article is to inform the people reading this about the characteristics of this new threat, about its abilities, and about the ways it could get inside a given computer. Read carefully in order to familiarize yourself with the danger that STRRAT is, as well as with the Trojan Horse category as a whole.
If you are among the people who already have STRRAT inside their machines, or it you at least think that this may be the case, be sure to check out the provided guide manual for removing this Trojan which can be found right below the article.
What you should now about Trojans like this one
One of the most infamous traits of this type of threats is their notorious ability to stay hidden. Usually, an infection with a Trojan Horse happens without the user’s knowledge. Furthermore, it is typically the user who allows the Trojan to get activated in the system. Of course, that happens without the knowledge of the victim, as the latter is more often than not deceived about the true intentions of the Trojan. In most cases, the malicious piece of software is disguised – commonly used disguises for Trojans are those of some useful or attractive pieces of software. For example, pirated software installers for popular programs, and games are oftentimes Trojans in disguise, waiting to be executed on the machines of their victims. Media files such as movie or song files may also be hidden Trojans in some instances. The common thing among all those types of contents that could potentially be hidden Trojans is that you don’t get them from legitimate and reliable sites. The online addresses from where you could download such infected software are sites that spread pirated stuff, or ones with adult or gambling content. This is why it is crucial that you stay away from such places on the Internet.
Other methods commonly used to distribute infections similar to STRRAT are spam messages, deceitful social media posts, misleading adverts posted on unreliable sites, and more. Generally, you must be really cautious and vigilant on the Internet if you want to avoid any future encounters with threats like this one.
What damage may STRRAT cause?
It isn’t always easy to predict the exact consequences of a Trojan Horse attack, simply because once such an infection enters the computer, it would normally have a very wide operational freedom, and would have access to all kinds of system data and settings. Some commonly reported Trojan Horse uses are when the malware is tasked with turning the infected computer into an automated bot that mines BitCoin, or participates in DDoS attacks and spam e-mail distribution. Some Trojans may also try to spy on you, using various methods such as keylogging, or screen-capturing. Ransomware distribution is also oftentimes facilitated by threats of the Trojan Horse type. All in all, the longer STRRAT is allowed to be in your system, the greater the overall damage may become, so it’s best to act quickly and decisively when it comes to eliminating such threats.
Remove STRRAT 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
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!