Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA is a newly-reported virus program categorized as a Trojan horse that can allow its creators to remotely control your whole computer. Trojans like Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA are famous for their ability to hijack system files and processes that allow them to obtain Admin privileges.
In most cases, the victims of Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA don’t find out about the ongoing infection of their computer for quite some time. Trojan horse viruses employ different techniques to stay hidden and avoid detection. For instance, as we said, Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA could hijack certain system processes in your computer and use them as disguise so that when you see that a process in your Task Manager is consuming way too much RAM or CPU, you will ignore it because it looks like it is a legitimate system process. However, the truth would be that it is actually the Trojan using this system process to carry out its malicious tasks while, at the same time, avoiding getting detected. This is one of the reasons why Trojans like Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA are oftentimes so hard to spot and intercept in time.
Another important factor that makes such threats rather difficult to stop before they complete their harmful tasks is that, when the Trojan is new, most antiviruses aren’t able to recognize it. This is due to the predominant use of database-detection as opposed to behavioral detection within pretty much all conventional antiviruses. While using their database to detect incoming threats is the more efficient and quicker way of spotting malware, its effectiveness is greatly decreased when a given threat is a new one and its details have not yet been added to the database.
In such cases, if the antivirus doesn’t have strong behavioral detection features, it will likely fail to spot the infection in time. Nowadays, more and more antiviruses have started implementing and perfecting their behavioral detection features – features that allow them to detect malware based on its behavioral pattern and not on its presence in the database. However, more time is needed before this method of malware detection becomes good enough to stop all Zero-Day attacks (Zero-Day attack – attack from a newly released virus that is not in the antiviruses’ databases).
With all this in mind, it should be clear why new infections like Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA could be particularly harmful and difficult to stop and why your own vigilance is oftentimes your best tool against them.
How can this threat harm you?
Espionage and theft of sensitive information are two malicious tasks oftentimes associated with Trojans like Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA. However, there are many other different ways in which a virus like this one could be employed. For example, some Trojans are effectively used as distribution agents for other forms of malware, including specialized spyware infections and ransomware cryptoviruses.
In addition to that, Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA may also be able to force your machine to use all of its RAM and CPU while you aren’t using the machine to secretly mine cryptocurrency for the hackers that control it. Other uses of this threat are also possible. No matter the way the virus is utilized, however, one thing is for certain and that is you must make sure to remove the threat ASAP before it has caused any irreparable damage to your system or virtual privacy.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Different forms of system instability as well as data corruption or deletion could be possible indicators of a Trojan horse attack.|
|Distribution Method||Methods used to spread this type of malware include but are not limited to spam messages, pirated downloads, clickbait ads, and fake update requests.|
If you are looking for a way to remove Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Trojan.W97M.EMOTET.SMBA completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!