This page aims to help you remove Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus. These Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
If you have been infected by Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus, we have some bad news and some good news for you. The bad news is that it’s a type of Trojan, which is perhaps the most dangerous and harmful piece of malware out there. The good news is that we have your back and the guide below will walk you through the removal process, step by step, ridding you from this problem. However, before you skip directly to the guide, we recommend you read the few basic things you need to know about Trojans for future reference. In this article we’ve summed up all the most important aspects to the Trojan Horse viruses, which you just have to be aware of in order to minimize your risk of getting infected.
First let’s go over some basic facts. Viruses like Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus are the absolute champions in popularity and harmfulness and this is due to the vast range of tasks they are capable of performing. Trojans make up a whopping 80% of the existing viruses, so they are obviously pretty useful. Just for all the wrong reasons. There are several main purposes Trojans are used for:
Destruction. You may have had some dispute with a hacker, perhaps you stole his girlfriend – either way, you gained an enemy. So this bitter computer geek can very much employ the use of a Trojan like Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus to invade you PC and destroy all the data stored on in. Or maybe he’ll just program it to reformat the disks and therefore cause all of your precious files to be forever lost.
Extortion. Trojans are faithful companions of another type of malware called ransomware. As the name of it suggests, it’s used to demand ransom and in most cases it will be to grant you access to your won files. What the program does is encrypt given information on your PC, after which you can no longer access it and then it informs you of the same, demanding money in return for the decryption key. None of this would be possible, however, without the help of the Trojan Horses, because they are responsible for downloading the ransomware onto your PC.
Theft. Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus has the potential of sneaking into your system and stealing information from it. This could be confidential documents you have stored on your computer, or perhaps scans of your ID or passport. Maybe you even have payment credentials saved somewhere and all of it is subject to theft, if a Trojan has already entered your PC.
Spying. Trojans are notorious not only for their multi-functionality, but also for their stealth. They are nearly impossible to detect and that adds more to their value for cyber criminals. So, when a virus of this type decided to simply sit there and watch you, it will sit there and watch you without you even suspecting it is. And by watching you, we mean literally: hackers can use your webcam to see you and your surroundings at any given time and this has enabled many physical crimes, such as burglary to take place. They can also apply other different techniques, like key logging, which basically means they will trace whatever you’ve typed (passwords, credit card numbers and other personal details).
Resources. Your computer can be hacked and exploited for its resources. It can be used as a means of infection of other computers within the same network with virus, or it can be turned into a bot to spam other people worldwide. In fact, this is such a common practice that around 15% of all computers are bots. Alternatively, your PC’s resources could be used to mine cryptocurrencies.
As you can see, the uses are as versatile as you could only imagine, but that doesn’t mean you should be intimidated by the fact. Trojans like Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus are usually distributed via spam emails with attached files in them. If you are cautious and critical, you should be able to recognize the danger and will avoid both opening the email and – definitely – opening the attachment, regardless of how innocent it may seem. Trojans are also effectively distributed through program bundles and can most likely be downloaded from shady, malicious websites. The simplest way to avoid contact with malware is staying far away from potentially dangerous websites, NOT downloading content from them and at all times having a proven antivirus program working.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||None. Unless the virus willingly makes itself known to you, you have virtually no way of knowing you are infected|
|Distribution Method||Most times via spam emails with attached files. Also possible through program bundles, malvertisements and malicious websites|
|Detection Tool||Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. Troj_Ransomnote.sm Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
- This step is very important, because you can catch other threats (like Ransomware and Spyware) while looking for the Adware process.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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 all the prior steps fail to help you or you have reason to believe your system is exposed to threats like Ransomware, we advise you to download a professional scanner and remover.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!