This page aims to help you remove Trojan.Sakurel. These Trojan.Sakurel removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
In today’s article, we will be focusing on a newly reported Trojan horse virus known under the name of Trojan.Sakurel. In the following few paragraphs, you will learn some very important information regarding this piece of malware as well as a number of useful tips and guidelines to help you protect your computer from it. We understand that a lot of you have come here because you have already had your computers infected by the nasty virus and are currently trying to have it removed. We have that covered as well – at the bottom of the article, there is a removal guide where you can find instructions on how to eliminate the Trojan horse. Just make sure to read the rest of the actual article since having a good grasp of what Trojan Horses are and of how they work is key to successfully handling them in the future.
Trojan horse versatility
Something that all of this article’s readers should be aware of is the fact that this particular type of malware can be used for a very wide variety of different illegal and potentially dangerous tasks. Here, we will give you a few examples of what a virus such as Trojan.Sakurel could potentially be used for. However, keep in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive list of all potential uses of a Trojan horse – here we will only mention the most common ones.
- System damage – Something that many viruses of the Trojan horse type are used for is to actually damage the system of the infected computer. For example, they can crash the PC or delete/corrupt important Windows files or Registry keys. In some instances, the damage might be so severe that the computer may become unusable.
- Spying/stalking – Many hackers use Trojans for espionage purposes. There is certainly no shortage of the potential methods that can be used to spy on the virus’ victim. There’s the keylogging method, which monitors everything that gets typed on the keyboard and there’s the ability of some Trojans to show what’s happening on the PC’s screen. A particularly spine-chilling spying method is when the Trojan virus allows the hacker to directly look at the user via their webcam even when the user believes that it has been turned off.
- Spreading malware – some Trojans are also used for the sole purpose of providing another piece of malware with a gateway into the system of the targeted PC. One notorious example is when viruses like Trojan.Sakurel are employed to infect computers with Ransomware – a very problematic type of illegal software.
- Using the PC’s resources – Another possibility is when a Trojan horses is used to take over the invaded computer and use its resources for a specific task. This task could be the mining of bitcoins or the further spreading of the same or some other virus through spam messages.
As we already stated earlier, these are only a few examples of the many different ways, in which this type of malware can be used. Still, what we’ve mentioned so far should be more than enough to show you just how malicious and dangerous a Trojan horse virus can be and also why it ought to be removed ASAP.
While there are some potential symptoms that could potentially give away the presence of a Trojan horse on your PC, oftentimes the virus would be nearly impossible to spot manually. Therefore, we strongly advise you to make sure that your PC has a strong and reliable antivirus installed on it. This is one of the best ways to detect and intercept a potential Trojan horse threat. Still, it is not a bad idea to have some knowledge regarding the potential symptoms of a Trojan, which is why we will mention them here. Among the most typical signs of an infection are unusually high use of processor time and virtual memory, frequent Blue Screen of Death crashes, unauthorized changes to random files and folders on your PC and overall system instability (slow-downs, errors, etc.).
The best way to avoid having a Trojan horse virus infect your computer is being extremely careful with what you do online. The best advice that we can give you here is to stay away from websites that appear suspicious and shady and also to be on the lookout for spam messages. We already mentioned just how important it is to have a reliable antivirus program on your computer, so do not forget about that. In addition to those tips, we also advise you to approach with caution and prejudice any online offers, banners, warnings and adverts that look obscure and sketchy since those can also prove to be a potential security risk.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Some possible symptoms are BSOD crashes, frequent system errors, PC slow-down, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Deceitful browser warnings/offers, sketchy online ads, spam messages with links or file attachments, shady torrent sites, etc.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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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.
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
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