This page aims to help you remove Trojan.Adclicker. These Trojan.Adclicker removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
In the article below we are going to talk about a very cunning virus – Trojan.Adclicker. By definition it is a Trojan horse virus. We will discuss the details about that fact below: ways of infecting a system and possible sources of contamination. What remains quite unclear about these viruses are the purposes they may serve, because there can be many various options. We are going to point out the main ones in the following paragraphs.
How does a Trojan infect a computer? Where can we come across such malware?
Normally, Trojans can be found inside a spam emails inside either your Spam Directory or your Inbox. The virus is usually tucked away inside the attachment to the spam email, which can be anything from a harmless-looking document to an archive. Once you open something like that, the Trojan inside it is unleashed and it starts to perform whatever malicious task it was programmed to. Trojans usually exploit weaknesses in your system or in any of the programs you have installed on it in order to infect your PC. For example, a Trojan might find its way into your computer if you haven’t updated your anti-virus tool and it lacks some virus characteristics or definitions.
What could Trojan.Adclicker be exploited for? Is it always so dangerous?
To be completely precise, the variety of malicious purposes any Trojan could be used for makes this type of malware so harmful. The truth is that you can never be completely sure why your computer was infected before the damage has been done and you have to deal with some unpleasant consequences. To get an idea of the potential usages of Trojan.Adclicker, you need to be shown some examples of its purposes. Here they come:
- Trojans are often distributed together with a Ransomware-type program. Each of them is extremely dangerous and harmful. The Ransomware needs a Trojan to get inside your PC quietly and unnoticed and proceeds with its evil plan to encode all the data that you have on your machine. Then you receive a special notification that says your system has been contaminated and you need to pay the hackers to set your encrypted files free. This is probably the worst thing that could happen to you as a user, because it’s likely that there will not be a “cure” to your machine once it’s been infected with Ransomware. Once inside your device, the Trojan from this terrible mixture proceeds with its own plan, if there is any other one aside from introducing the Ransomware. Other such activities are listed in the following paragraphs.
- Trojan.Adclicker might be targeting your system resources. Hackers need to invade some machines to turn them into bots using such viruses. Then your PC will start acting as a bot that may begin to spread spam or mine crypto currencies.
- Any Trojan may be used as an identity thief. This means that all your personal information, as well as banking details, social media account passwords and user names, electronic signatures and other important data might be targeted by the hackers and might get stolen and used for bad purposes without your approval or knowledge. Even crimes could be committed on your behalf and then it is possible that you might be held responsible for something you have never done.
- Hackers might use Trojan.Adclicker to have fun. In most cases this means torturing you in some way: by crashing your PC, by changing some of your system settings, by corrupting some of your files or controlling your whole system remotely. Destruction and harassment might be mere fooling around and ‘fun’ pastime to such dishonest people as the hackers, or possibly even attempts to perfect their malicious skills.
Please note that the aforementioned example purposes are only the most common ones out of dozens of possibilities. Trojan.Adclicker might have infected your computer with a different goal. It is very important that once you have found out about the infection, you locate and remove the malware as quickly as possible.
What to do so as to remove Trojan.Adclicker
In case you want to try and uninstall the virus without professional help, our Removal Guide will assist you with this task. We are confident that all the instructions within it will help you, but please don’t hesitate to share any comments, concerns, appraisals or complaints about the provided removal steps with us.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Nothing special before the completion of the virus’ true mission. Usually the symptoms directly depend on the particular purpose of Trojan.Adclicker.|
|Distribution Method||Most typically such malware comes together with a version of Ransomware from a suspicious email or a contaminated attachment. Some shady websites could also have a Trojan lurking inside them.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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