Torpig is a newly discovered Trojan virus that has a very flexible nature and can execute a variety of illegal activities on your machine right after it sneaks through. Torpig can be distributed via spam, malvertisements, illegal web pages, torrents and more and should be removed as soon as possible.
In the following lines, we will try to address the most common malicious uses of this threat and its distribution channels in order to support our readers in protecting their computers from it. If the information on this page reaches you after Torpig has already infected your computer, then you will find detailed instructions on how to remove this Trojan right at the end of the post. Our team has prepared a thorough removal guide that explains how to identify and delete the all the malicious files related to this threat in a step-by-step manner.
Trojans are very sophisticated types of malware that may have various malicious purposes. Usually, hackers who develop such malicious pieces of software use them for specific illegal activity and will schedule it according to their desires and criminal intentions. Sadly, every Trojan can be configured to do something different and you cannot know what it can be until you face the bad consequences of its attack. Moreover, threats like Torpig, Wup.exe and Presenoker can compromise and corrupt your entire computer without showing any noticeable indications of their presence or activity.
A single Trojan Horse virus can normally install other viruses in the machine without any visible symptoms. If not removed on time, Torpig, for example, may inject any form of Ransomware, Spyware or similar malware into your system. Besides, the Trojan can secretly start various harmful scripts via a backdoor or exploit the device’s vulnerabilities to prevent the detection of the newly inserted threats by security software.
The hackers who stay behind the Trojan may also use it to obtain confidential details related to you or your place of work and your company. Passwords, bank numbers, private identity documents, emails, contacts, etc., can be leaked to a remote server controlled by the criminals. And when this information arrives in their hands, the crooks may use it to harass you in a number of ways, including to blackmail you or to drain your bank accounts.
Aside from all that we have just mentioned above, a Trojan such as Torpig can provide remote access to the infected device for its developers. This means the hackers can easily access the entire operating system and make changes to its registry keys, system commands, processes and software.
The longer the malware remains in the system, the more damage it may cause. That is why the thing you should do as soon as you detect Torpig is to remove it without a delay, hopefully, before it has made any significant harm to your computer.
If you have never dealt with Trojans before, you surely may need assistance to handle this malware correctly. That’s why, as we mentioned, our team has prepared a detailed removal guide to help you identify and remove all the Torpig related files. We recommend you use the instructions there in tandem with a professional removal tool for quick and successful Trojan elimination.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||There are no specifically Trojan-related symptoms, thus, detecting this malware may require the assistance of professional software.|
|Distribution Method||Cybercriminals commonly use spam, malvertisements, cracked software installers and different sketchy pages to distribute Trojans.
If you are looking for a way to remove Torpig you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for Torpig and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Torpig as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Torpig completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.
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!