Vega Stealer Malware Removal


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This page aims to help you remove Vega Stealer Malware. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

When it comes to PC malware, there’s one particular virus category that stands out as the most widely-spread and, arguably, the most dangerous. We are referring to none other than the insidious Trojan Horse malware type and down below, we will give you some more information about this nasty and harmful virus class. One particular piece of Trojan Horse malware will be the main focus of this article due to its recent release and due to the rapid increase of the number of its victims. The virus program that we will be focusing on is known under the name of Vega Stealer and if you need help against it in case it has gotten inside your machine, you have come to the right place. On this page, aside from some very helpful and important cyber-security tips, you can also find a detailed removal guide manual that contains instructions on how you can eradicate the infection and restore your computer back to normal. In order to provide you with additional removal options we have also provided a suggested malware-removal tool inside our guide – you can download and use that program if you feel like you need additional assistance with the removal of Vega Stealer.

Trojans – stealthy and insidious

You are probably aware of the ancient myth about the Trojan war and how the Greeks used a big wooden horse to infiltrate the besieged city through stealth rather than through brute force. Similarly, Trojan malware viruses like Vega Stealer Malware are capable of infiltrating one’s PC without showing any signs of the infection and operating in full stealth whilst inside the targeted machine. Unless you have a reliable and fully updated antivirus tool on your PC, the chances of detecting a Trojan Horse infection in time, before the malware has caused any major damage, are rather slim. One thing to bear in mind is that those infections typically lack any specific symptoms that could help you identify them. Sometimes, users might notice increased use of system resources (RAM, CPU, GPU memory) as well as sudden errors and crashes that could be caused by a Trojan. For instance, Blue Screen of Death crashes are commonly associated with Trojan Horse infections. However, all the aforementioned symptoms could also be caused by other software or hardware issues that aren’t related to a Trojan Horse infection. Also, oftentimes none of those red flags would actually be present during the presence of a Trojan on the user’s computer. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you always have a reliable security program to enhance your system’s defence. However, keep in mind that no security system is flawless – you must still be careful and you should still use your common sense. Note that most Trojans still need you to interact with their source in order to infect your computer system. This means that the majority of those viruses cannot get inside your computer unless you make the mistake of opening of interacting with some infected element such as a spam e-mail attachment, a misleading web-ad, a fake update request or software suggestion, a pirated program installer or something else similar to those. Generally a Trojan could come from anything which is why you must always keep your eyes open. A general piece of advice here would be to ensure that you stay away from suspicious and unreliable web addresses. Also, avoid downloading anything that might not be safe and only use software sources that you are sure you can trust. Otherwise, you’d risk getting you machine infected by not only Trojans like Vega Stealer Malware but also by other nasty software viruses such as Worms, Spyware, Ransomware, etc.

Vega Stealer Malware Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

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).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Vega Stealer from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Vega Stealer from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Vega Stealer from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!

You really need to get rid of Vega Stealer!

Such a virus can have many different uses depending on what the hacker actually seeks to achieve. Many Trojans can be used for spying on the targeted user exploiting different espionage techniques or for causing harm to the infected PC by deleting or corrupting essential system data. Another particularly unpleasant scenario is if a Trojan invades your machine and then backdoors another virus such as a Ransomware version inside your computer. Also, some Trojans can take control over your machine and use it for DDoS attacks, spam message distribution as well as for mining bitcoins (or other cryptocurrencies) that get later send to the cyber-criminals who are conducting the attack. With all that said, it should be more than obvious that if the Vega Stealer virus has entered your PC, you must make sure that it gets removed as soon as possible or else, there could be all kinds of unforeseen consequences for both your computer system and for your virtual identity. Be sure to use the guide from this page and follow its instructions so as to eliminate the virus and also be sure to avoid any shady web-content you might come across so that no more such infections manage to enter your PC.

SUMMARY:

Name Vega Stealer
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  A major issue with Trojans is that they rarely show any symptoms.
Distribution Method Through illegal downloads, pirated content, malicious spam messages, with the help of other Trojans, via malvertising. etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


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