Taskbar System is a Trojan horse that targets Windows computers and is capable of taking over the infected system and running different harmful processes in it. Taskbar System belongs to the widespread Trojan horse virus category and can cause different types of harm to the attacked computer.
Threats like Taskbar System are very common and they can be used in a big number of ways by their criminal creators. Taskbar System, in particular, is a brand new Trojan horse virus and we don’t have sufficient data to tell you the specific end-goal of this infection. However, we can still provide you with some important information about this Trojan and we can also help you remove it from your computer in case you’ve been hit by it. So, if you suspect that this malicious piece of software may have recently entered your system and is currently operating from inside it, we urge you to read all the information provided on this page so as to deal with this malware threat in the best possible way.
Taskbar System version 126.96.36.199
Despite its overall stealthiness and ability to remain unnoticed while operating, Taskbar System version 188.8.131.52 may occasionally trigger different symptoms that users may spot.
One possible indication that there could be a Trojan in the system is the occurrence of BSOD crashes. A Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crash is when your PC suddenly shuts down and restarts but instead of loading the Windows interface, a blue error screen appears, notifying you about a serious problem in the computer. Sometimes, Trojans can cause such BSOD crashes but bear in mind that there are many other issues (both software- and hardware-related) that may be responsible for this symptom.
Other unusual disturbances in the computer such as program errors, screen freezes, changes in the system or browser settings without your permission, and sluggishness of the computer could also take place if there is a Trojan hidden inside the computer.
Again, those symptoms could be caused by other issues or even by some regular programs and processes. Nevertheless, it is important to scan your system for any hidden threats and remove anything potentially harmful that you may detect, which is why you should definitely check out our removal guide for Taskbar System if you think that this virus may have entered your computer.
The Taskbar System virus in Windows 10
There are a lot of different types of harm that the Taskbar System virus may cause to your Windows 10 OS and virtual privacy, especially if it is allowed to stay in the computer for an extended period of time.
This Trojan may spy on your online and offline activities, keep tabs on your browsing history, your conversations, the passwords and usernames you type in, as well as collect other forms of sensitive information and then use the gathered data for fraud, blackmailing, harassment, theft, and more. Trojans can also take over the whole machine and force it to use up all of its RAM, CPU, and GPU resources to generate cryptocurrency for the hackers. Also, some Trojans are even capable of neutralizing your antivirus and then loading additional malware programs such as Ransomware cryptoviruses on the already infected computer. If you don’t want any of this to happen to you and your computer, it is crucial that you act quickly and remove the virus with the help of the instructions below as soon as possible.
Remove Taskbar System Virus
To remove Taskbar System, you must first try to uninstall the program that brought the virus inside your computer by following the next steps:
- Click on the Windows icon in the lower-left corner of the screen (the Start Menu).
- Select the Control Panel option and go to Uninstall a Program from the Control Panel.
- Find the program you think infected you with Taskbar System in the following list and select it.
- Click on the Uninstall option and proceed with the steps from the uninstaller to remove the unwanted program.
- Do the same with any other programs from the list that seem unwanted and unsafe.
These short steps should rid your PC of the malicious program that infected you with Taskbar System but it is possible that there are still remnants of the Trojan in the system that haven’t been removed. It is also possible that you weren’t able to find anything malicious-looking in the Control Panel or that the suspicious program you tried to uninstall didn’t get removed. In either case, if you still think Taskbar System is present in your computer, we suggest you proceed with the more advanced steps shown below and complete them in the order they are shown.
In this step, your task will be to find any processes in your computer’s Task Manager that may be linked to the virus. You can do that by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys from the keyboard and opening the Processes tab where you will see all processes that are running in your system at the moment.
Trojans like to hide their processes by giving them normal-looking names so do not expect there to be a process named Taskbar System in there. Use your personal judgement to try to determine which one is the malicious process. Possible red flags to look out for are unusually high use of CPU or RAM coming from a process with a name that’s unfamiliar to you or a process that doesn’t seem connected to any of the programs that you currently have open on the computer.
If a specific process catches your attention and looks suspicious, type its name in Google or another reputable search engine and see what results come up. If the results tell you that the process isn’t a process from a regular program that you have or a legitimate system process, then it is likely that it isn’t supposed to be running in your system.
If that is the case, select the suspected process with the right-click of your mouse and select the Open File Location option to reveal the files of that process.
The files in the file location folder must be scanned for malware so use the anti-malware scanner below to test the files.
If one or more of the tested files are flagged as hazardous, you must quit the process they are related to by selecting it in the Task Manager and clicking on End Process.
Then return to the location folder and try to delete the folder itself. If an error message comes up, go back inside the folder, delete whatever files you can that are stored there and if there are files that you aren’t allowed to delete, leave them as they are for now. Later, when you are done with the rest of the guide, you must return here to try to delete the file location folder alongside what files are left in it.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Go into Safe Mode to make sure that even if you have missed any malicious processes in the previous step, those won’t interrupt the rest of the Taskbar System removal process. Follow the link shown above if you don’t know how to enter Safe Mode and need assistance with it.
After Safe Mode is enabled, you must clean the Startup items of your PC from anything unwanted that may currently be enabled. To do this, press Winkey + R, type msconfig, and press Enter.
In the following window, go to Startup and examine the items from the shown list. If any of them look like they could be from Taskbar System or if any of them are unfamiliar and you think might be unwanted, remove the ticks from their checkboxes and click on Apply. Do the same with items that have unknown creators (manufacturers) unless the item is from a program you are familiar with and know you can trust.
Once all suspicious entries from the Startup tab have been unchecked, exit the System Configuration window by clicking OK to save changes.
Paste the following line in the search field of the Start Menu and click on the file that shows first in the results: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts.
A notepad file called Hosts will appear on your screen – this is a file that gets often targeted by Trojans, Spyware, Browser Hijackers, and other forms of malware and if yours has been hacked by Taskbar System, you must fix it. The way to find out if your Hosts file has been manipulated by malware is by looking at the bottom of the text, where it says Localhost.
If there are any lines of text (usually weird IP addresses) below the Localhost line, this means that a third-party program (likely a malware) has meddled with the file. However, to confirm that the IP addresses below Localhost in your Hosts file are from the virus, we’d need to take a look at them first so we suggest copying them and placing them down in the comments.
If we confirm that the IP addresses in your Hosts file are from the virus, we will tell you that in our reply to your comment and you will have to delete those IPs from the file and then save the changes you have made to it.
Warning!: This last step from the guide will require deleting certain entries related to Taskbar System from the Registry of your computer. Since the Registry holds lots of sensitive settings related to the OS of your computer, it is important to be very careful when making changes to it. Only delete something from the Registry if you are certain that it is related to Taskbar System. In case of doubt, request our assistance through the comments section and only proceed with the deletion if we confirm that the item(s) in question must be deleted.
To start the Registry Editor, open the Start Menu, type regedit in its search box, and click on the first item that shows up (should be regedit.exe). Windows will usually ask you to confirm that you want to open the Editor and allow it to make changes in the system so click on Yes to continue.
When the Registry Editor shows up on your screen, select the Edit menu and click on the Find option. In the Find search box, type the virus name and then click on Find Next. If a result is found with the name of the virus, click on it with the right-button of your mouse and then select Delete and confirm the deletion.
Repeat the search by clicking on Find Next again and delete the next found result – keep doing this until no more results show up when you search for the Trojan’s name.
Next, expand the folders to the left until you get to the following three locations in the Registry:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Internet Explorer > Main
In those locations, look for folders with odd-looking names. For example, folders that have names that are much longer than the rest and consist of letters and/or numbers that seem to be arranged in a random order. If any such folder grabs your attention, delete it. If you are unsure about what to delete and what not to delete, remember to ask us in the comments.