This page aims to help you remove Trojan Horse exploit.swf_c.aps. These Trojan Horse exploit.swf_c.aps removal instructions work for every version of Windows. Exploit.swf_c.aps has been pegged as a malicious software of the Trojan Horse class.
A Trojan Horse or just a Trojan is a cumulative term used to classify a computer program which disguises itself as a useful or attractive in some way so that it can persuade an unsuspecting user to install it. If you remember the story about the Ancient Greeks and how they used a large wooden horse to infiltrate and defeat the city of Troy then you have a pretty general idea how exploit.swf_c.aps works.
|Danger Level||High. While this virus stays dormant for the most, when it activates it usually allows other malware to infiltrate your system.
|Symptoms||Reduced computer performance, sudden appearance of unrecognized software.
|Distribution Method||E-mail attachments, corrupted executables, torrent and file sharing websites.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
3: Permanently delete Trojan Horse exploit.swf_c.aps from Task Manager’s processes.
4: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
A Trojans payload may vary greatly by nowadays most of the new forms act as a backdoor and a doorway which may authorize a completely different program to access your computer. The most common combination is a Trojan Horse and the dreadful and the universally feared and despised form of malware called Ransomware.
How did Trojan Horse exploit.swf_c.aps infiltrate your computer?
Trojans are almost always contracted from infected executable files run by the affected user. Such files can be almost all files that are not downloaded straight from the official manufacturer of the software product in question. Due to the nature of the virus the only way in which it may access your computer for the first time is if you explicitly let it do so. What do we mean by stating that? The malware has inevitably used some sort of deception to trick you into installing it in the first place.
As we said the main culprit are changed executable files, which are not hard to spot, just look for the .exe extension after the file’s name. If we are to look for the most likely places to encounter a corrupted executable file the list would look like this:
- Attached to e-mails .exe files. Be especially careful if you are intent on opening an attachment from e-mail received from person not on your contact list.
- Files downloaded from torrent sites and file sharing websites. The form of control for what is shared on such sites is very limited and often leads to involuntary infection with various computer viruses, including Trojans.
- Files downloaded through online ads. Generally speaking it is not a good idea to download anything if prompted by some banner or pop-up, most of the time you will not be getting what you expected but instead you will have to deal with some form of malware.
- In recent times it is a very common theme for sites mimicking or being an exact copy of an existing legitimate websites to appear and try to scam users who are not aware of what they are dealing with. It is very often that files downloaded from such phishing scams are in fact Trojans and root-kits.
Trojan Horse exploit.swf_c.aps Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
The first mandatory thing is to allow you to see Hidden Files and Folders. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. Trojan Horse exploit.swf_c.aps may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Trojan Horse exploit.swf_c.aps and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY!
Dear user, in order to successfully eradicate Trojan Horse exploit.swf_c.aps from your system you will need to apply a couple of additional measures. Please be advised that they are essential and cannot be skipped. Keep in mind though that they are somewhat hard to perform compared to all steps up to this moment, and that is especially true for users with no previous history of manual malware removal. Be extra careful and with the full knowledge that any mistake, even a seemingly minor one, might have devastating effects on your device since you will be operating with important system files. Continue only if you feel fully confident you can handle the tricky operations you will have to comply in order to remove the virus fully and completely. If you have any doubts or simply don’t wish risking ruining your whole operating system then we urge you to consider an alternative – downloading and installing a professional malware scanner and remover.
Whether you continue with the manual removal or you choose the safer software method you don’t have any time left to ponder. It is very likely that your personal information might be in danger of getting accessed and that might be especially threatening if you are using any form of online banking or payments!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
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 you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If these things fail to help you find Trojan Horse exploit.swf_c.aps you need to resort to a professional scanner – obviously this is a malware that was created to steal your credentials and credit cards – meaning the people who created it spent a lot of resources to make it as dangerous as possible.
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