SwiftSlicer Malware

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SwiftSlicer is a Trojan horse virus that can gain control of critical system functions and processes and use them as disguise for its malicious activities. Trojans like SwiftSlicer are known for being used for espionage purposes, ransomware distribution, cryptocurrency mining, and more.

SwiftSlicer Malware

This family of malware threats is the most versatile one and its representatives could be tasked with a wide variety of malicious and harmful actions. For instance, a threat like SwiftSlicer can be used as a data-stealing tool that will gather some sensitive personal information from your computer and deliver it to the hackers who can then, in turn, use the collected data for blackmailing purposes.

In some instances, a Trojan may even get hold of the user’s banking details, in which cases the criminals controlling the virus would be able to drain their victim’s banking accounts without the user finding out about it before it’s too late. A Trojan can also serve as a backdoor tool that can silently download other malicious programs on your computer. For example, the infamous ransomware file-encrypting viruses oftentimes rely on Trojan horses to get inside the systems of their potential future victims.


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

How to remove SwiftSlicer

  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 SwiftSlicer in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select SwiftSlicer 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 SwiftSlicer.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to SwiftSlicer.
  • 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 SwiftSlicer 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 SwiftSlicer 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 SwiftSlicer 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 SwiftSlicer 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 SwiftSlicer extension
  4. Get rid of SwiftSlicer 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 “SwiftSlicer” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete SwiftSlicer

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the SwiftSlicer process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete SwiftSlicer
  • 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 “SwiftSlicer” 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 SwiftSlicer

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for SwiftSlicer in there
    4. Uninstall SwiftSlicer from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any SwiftSlicer-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 SwiftSlicer 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 is SwiftSlicer?

    One of the distinctive traits of threats like SwiftSlicer or Wup.exe is that they are oftentimes able to acquire extensive Admin rights on the systems they attack and force the computer to carry out all sorts of harmful processes. This is oftentimes used by the creators of Trojan horses to force the machines of their victims to use all RAM and CPU for the mining of cryptocurrency. This doesn’t directly damage the computer (at least not right away) but it leads to the machine becoming nearly unusable as all of its system resources would be going towards the cryptocurrency mining leaving no free RAM and CPU for any other task.
    By remotely controlling your machine, the hackers behind SwiftSlicer can also task your computer with sending out spam messages to other users or with participating in large-scale DDoS attacks conducted by a big number of computers that have all been infected by the same Trojan horse virus. This could also require lots of system resources, making your machine difficult to use, but what’s more important here is that it may make it seem as if you are using the computer for illegal activities when, in reality, you have no control over what the PC is doing.

    How to deal with the Trojan?

    The aforementioned examples of what a virus like SwiftSlicer could do should it enter your machine are only a small part of the full list of possible uses of a Trojan horse. In any case, however, removing the threat is always the one and only solution and you should ensure that the threat is taken care of ASAP. To completely remove SwiftSlicer, you will probably need some help which is why we’ve provided you with a guide that you can find down below. The detailed steps in it, especially if combined with the recommended anti-malware tool linked there, will give you a very good chance of successfully removing the SwiftSlicer Trojan before any serious damage has been caused by it.


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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