This page aims to help you remove Trojan.Kotver. These Trojan.Kotver removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
The infections caused by the viruses called Trojans are extremely harmful and cunning. These infections usually go unnoticed and the user finds out about them only after the virus has completed its damage-causing mission. The type of malware we are discussing here is exactly a version of Trojans – Trojan.Kotver.
Why is Trojan.Kotver identified as a Trojan?
Trojan.Kotver is just an example of a typical Trojan horse virus. It gets into your PC without either your knowledge, or your approval. Then it may have multiple purposes, but it stays out of the spotlight before it implements its mostly evil plans. That’s why this malware category has been named after the famous Ancient Greek horse that deceived the Trojans into believing it was a harmless present. Then, when no one was watching, it showed its true face and caused the loss of the war. Many of the infected machines’ owners have no clue about the contamination, before it has already become too late. Trojan.Kotver as an exemplary Trojan can be distributed in plenty of various ways. For example, it might come as a drive-by download from a malicious website. It may also come with a type of Ransomware via an infected letter from your email or any of its attachments – .exe files, archives, images, documents, etc. The virus could get around via torrents or shareware. Sometimes it could be included in free software that you download from the web. There are indeed countless opportunities for such malware to be spread, so caution is always vital when browsing the web.
What could such a virus be exploited for?
Different hackers could use Trojan.Kotver in different ways. In the list below we have gathered the most common usages. We want you to bear in mind that these may not be the only ones, there could be more possibilities, but the ones here are the most widely spread options.
- File corruption or destruction – this kind of malware could be used for the single purpose to corrupt or delete some of the data on your PC.
- Distribution of Ransomware-type programs – Trojan.Kotver might be employed in the spreading of other viruses like Ransomware. In this case this Trojan will find a way to sneak the other malware in and let it implement its awfully harmful plan. Once you get infected with a version of Ransomware, you can expect file encryption and ransom-demanding blackmailing. Such a file-encrypting program is really difficult to be removed and its consequences appear to be even harder to be reversed. In fact, Ransomware is currently considered to the world’s leading cyber threat.
- System crashing – the virus might be targeting your entire system and might be programmed to crash it. As strangely as it may sound, sometimes this activity serves the hackers a pure entertainment or even as practice.
- Exploitation of system resources – this malware might be programmed to turn your system into a bot and let its creators use it as a spam-spreading tool.
- Malware installation – this virus could serve as a malware-installation wizard and you may end up contaminated with many viruses as a result of its activities on your computer.
- Identity theft – Trojan.Kotver could also serve as a thief. It may be programmed to copy and send all your sensitive credentials to its dishonest creators. In this way they will get access to all your accounts and personal information, which may result in physically abusive behavior or identity theft.
- A tool for committing online crimes – your computer might be turned into a tool for the hackers to do something illegal. Of course, everything happens on your behalf and then you may end up prosecuted for crimes you have never participated in.
How you can remove such a contamination
Trojan.Kotver might be dealt with by closely following the instructions below in our Removal Guide. They should be clear and effective enough to cure your system from this infection. In the event that you don’t feel confident enough to venture into the removal process on your own, you might find our Trojan.Kotver Removal tool more useful, as it will take care of the issue for you. As for preventing future infections from now on, the best you can do this is to simply ignore all the possible sources of Trojans. You are already aware of the seriously harmful possible consequences that come as a result of this program’s activities on your device. Avoid the potential sources, avoid the trouble. Also, it is essential that you install, purchase a license for and regularly update a good anti-virus program with many capabilities of detecting and fighting viruses.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Nothing really to imply an ongoing process of contamination.|
|Distribution Method||Infected emails, both spam and regular ones; their attachments; malvertising; torrents; contagious webpages.|
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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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