This page aims to help you remove Trojan.Autoit. These Trojan.Autoit removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
The article you are about to read is supposed to help you handle Trojan.Autoit. In the experts’ opinions, this virus belongs to the Trojan malware category. In fact, this is the virus type to be blamed for more than 70% of the total number of malware-caused contaminations that have ever occurred. Below you will find exactly why these malicious programs are among the most terrible viruses you can ever encounter.
Characteristic features of all Trojans
Generally, a Trojan Horse may indeed be exploited for a great number of dishonest purposes. We will point out just the most common ones in the paragraphs below. Here we will enlist what these viruses usually have in common and what gathers them in one big and extremely dangerous software group. Firstly, Trojans may work in an extremely subtle way, once they have invaded your system. You may have no clue that your PC has been infected with something until the Trojan reveals its true identity, and achieves its usually damaging purposes. That’s the reason why this malware family has been named after the infamous wooden horse from the Iliad. The way the modern versions operate and the way the old mythological version was though up is really similar – you catch the virus and you have no idea you’ve been infected. After that, Trojan.Autoit could wait patiently and silently before the right moment for it to act comes. How you may be affected because of that has been revealed in the next paragraph.
Possible evil things a Trojan could be programmed to do
There could be numerous different damaging activities Trojan.Autoit might have been programmed to perform on your PC. Down here we have listed the most common ones in groups.
- For corrupting or destructive purposes: Any program from this category may lead to destruction of files, deleting the contents of your hard disks, or some modifications of some essential system files. As a result, your PC could be left incapable of performing anything useful. Indeed, at times some hackers may just be entertaining themselves like that – their malicious programs infect systems and totally crash them; or simply harm them.
- As means of spreading other viruses: The ability of these viruses to invade someone’s computer unrecognized is being exploited by cyber criminals to infect your PC with more than just one malware version. For example, the Trojan you have caught may be trying to sneak a Ransomware-like program inside your system. In fact, this surely is one of the most terrible scenarios that can happen to you. Ransomware-based viruses are awfully hazardous and could encrypt vital files, and then want you to pay an amount of money for their restoration What’s more, you can never know for sure what the purpose of the Trojan in this extremely malicious bundle is.
- For turning the affected devices into bots: The criminals who have created viruses like Trojan.Autoit may be searching for system resources. This means that they will need to transform your PC into a bot; and benefit from its resources by sending spam on your behalf, or mining cryptocurrencies; or doing often illegal thing. This is also a very disturbing scenario as you may end up charged with cybercrimes you have never personally committed.
- As an espionage instrument: One more usual usage of any Trojan is for espionage. If the people behind it are after something like sensitive information from the company you work for, they may strive to penetrate your professional network from your device, and they may exploit a version of a Trojan in order to do that. It is also a very alarming option, as some classified information could end up in the hands of some very dishonest criminals.
Where Trojans love hiding:
The potential Trojan sources could differ from one another. Nonetheless, the usual suspects are letters from your email, where the Trojan can usually be lurking with a friend – a Ransomware version. One more typical source can be any malicious online advertisements, which you could encounter on the Internet – in case you click on it, you will catch the corresponding infection immediately. To top it all off, any Trojan may also be incorporated into torrents or webpages of any sort.
The way to remove such a harmful cyber threat as Trojan.Autoit
Fortunately, such a malware version may be counteracted in case you use a guide, which is adequately designed for that purpose. Luckily, we have gathered just the instructions for your case. Just see our Removal Guide and break a leg!
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||None before whatever Trojan.Autoit has been programmed to do is completed. After that it is usually too late for any actions, which contributes to the level of danger this Trojan represents.|
|Distribution Method||Malvertising/ fake ads/ fake system requests/ disguised as a harmless program/ from torrents and spam (emails mostly).|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Trojan.Autoit successfully!
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:
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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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!