This page aims to help you remove Trojan.Hoptto. These Trojan.Hoptto removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
Trojan.Hoptto is one of the many Trojan horse viruses that roam the endless planes of the internet and is also one of the latest variants. If you’ve been infected with it, please read through this article and proceed the removal guide that we have provided for you below. It will walk you through the removal process of Trojan.Hoptto in several clear steps, but note that the instructions require dealing with system files and you should do exactly as they say, otherwise you may end up deleting some crucial components.
What are Trojans?
Trojans are arguably the most sophisticated form of malicious software to date. They can be programmed to execute a wide range of tasks and their incredible stealth makes them a dangerous force. These qualities make Trojans like Trojan.Hoptto the most numerous computer virus out there, making up an estimated 80% of all known malware. It’s no coincidence that they’ve been named after the famous Trojan Horse that helped conquer Troy. To give you a better understanding of the threat at hand, we will shortlist the main tasks Trojans are usually capable of performing:
Data theft. Trojans are masters in this game. They are capable of nestling deep in your system and watch you login to your online bank account and take note of your login and password through keystroke logging. The same technique can be applied to help hack your social media accounts, etc. and steal sensitive information.
Destruction. Sometimes there’s no interest in stealing anything from you and the hackers would be content with you just no longer having it. A virus like Trojan.Hoptto could format your hard drive and thus wipe off any and all data that was stored on it. Such actions are especially devastating to businesses and enterprises.
Spying. The same technique of keystroke logging described earlier can be employed to simply monitor your activity, without necessarily taking anything from you. In addition to this, more sinister acts may be performed, such as webcam and microphone hacking. Hackers may wish to listen in on your conversations or see the inside of your home of work space. It’s happened more than just once that actual burglaries occurred after the criminals were able to have a good look at the interior of someone’s whereabouts through their webcam.
Gateway. Trojans like Trojan.Hoptto can also be used to ‘escort’ other malware into your system. For example, one of the most common ways of getting infected with the world’s number one cyber threat ransomware is with the help of a Trojan horse, which is unknowingly downloaded by the targeted user and then in turn automatically downloads the ransomware.
Bot conversion. Trojan.Hoptto could potentially also be used to convert your computer into a bot and use it to either mine cryptocurrencies (such as bitcoins) or infect other machines within the same network. It may also be used to spam other users. If this sounds rather unlikely to you, you should know that roughly 15% of all computers across the world are actually used as bots.
What to do to protect yourself
Despite the scary statistics listed above, it’s not written in stone that you should be one of them. In fact, with just a little common sense and some simple measures, you’re as good as safe from Trojans and other threats. Trojans are very often sent via email, most commonly within attached documents. The email may be elaborately disguised as a legitimate message from some organization or well-known company and can therefore easily trick someone into opening the attachment. Paying attention to detail is very important in this case and you shouldn’t rush into opening newly received mails without first giving yourself to analyze the details. If there’s reason to believe that the message might be harmful, it’s best to simply delete it without further ado. Obviously, avoiding any suspicious and shady websites is a must. Places like that are usually teeming with viruses and they can exploit any vulnerabilities in your system to infect it. And speaking of vulnerabilities, to make sure you have as little of them as possible, it’s important that you frequently install updates for your application and OS. This is actually a crucial point in maintaining a healthy system, along with installing and running a reliable antivirus program and perhaps also an antimalware tool.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans are notorious for their stealth, so there are mainly no symptoms of an infection|
|Distribution Method||Shady, malicious websites, spam emails, infected torrents and malvertisements.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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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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