Vghost Virus Removal (March 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Vghost.exe. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

The topic of this article is the notorious Trojan horse malware category and its particular representative – Vghost.exe. The information that the article below contains will help you understand how such viruses work and how to defeat them once and for all. There is also a Removal Guide attached at the end of the article where you can learn how to eliminate such a threat from your PC.

Trojans as a whole. Their possible sources. Vghost.exe and its exact way of behaving:

The attacks performed by the Trojan horses can be devastating to your computer security. Trojan infections have two elements, which are a server and a client. The client part often gets disguised as an interesting-looking software put in peer-to-peer file sharing networks, or web pages that contain illegal/pirated downloads. Also, the infection might happen if you access contaminated e-mails. Different spamming techniques are used by the creators of this malware to spread the virus everywhere worldwide. Some chat-related software (such as Skype or Yahoo) may be used for distributing these Trojan viruses, as well.

Trojan horses are viruses that initially tend to look like harmless programs. Their name originates from the myth about the Trojan war. According to the legends, the Greeks created a huge wooden horse that the people of Troy allowed into the city, believing it was an peace-offering present. As the night fell, the Greek soldiers who had been hidden in the horse went out and opened the gates to let the rest of the Greek army in, thus conquering Troy. Basically, that is what happens with your personal computer if you have been infected with a virus such as Vghost.exe.

How to get Vghost.exe removed:

For dealing with such a nasty malware piece, you might need to go to the instructions down below. Everything you need to perform is explained in the Removal Guide. In case you do follow the steps completely, you might be able to solve this threatening issue yourself. In some rare cases, though, some special assistance may be needed.

 Vghost Virus Removal


 

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

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. 

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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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Step4

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.

  • 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:

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.

Step5

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—-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!

Vghost.exe may hide inside useful-looking software programs and  as soon as the infected file is executed or installed into the targeted system, the virus may start affecting files in your PC. Unfortunately, Trojans are also able to steal data from the PC’s system or from the network that it is connected to. In that way, the hackers have the ability to take control over your computer and to destroy its system from the inside. While these malicious activities are happening, you may notice that your PC is getting slower and some unknown windows appear. Following that, sudden computer crashes might occur such as the infamous Blue Screen of Death system crash.

However, unlike other viruses, Vghost.exe cannot replicate itself. Also, in most cases a Trojan horse needs the end user to make a mistake and interact with the infected component that carries the infection in order for the malware to get inside the PC. As the victim user is usually unaware that a Trojan horse has been installed, the computer’s security typically depends upon its anti-virus tool that could potentially recognize the malicious code, and then could isolate it and remove it.

Some of the potential uses of viruses like Vghost.exe:

One of the Trojan’s most usual uses is loading more malware inside the infected machine. The viruses like Vghost.exe viruses often distribute Ransomware versions – another particularly nasty type of malware. As we have already mentioned above, such malicious programs could be hidden within a seemingly harmless email attachment or a free program, such as a pirated version of a popular game. As soon as the user gets the Trojan horse, the malware inside it also gets downloaded. The multifunction nature of the Trojan viruses is to be blamed for their popularity, which means that once installed in your system, these viruses can be programmed to do anything.

Some of the other consequences resulting from a Trojan attack could be some unwanted changes to your computer settings and some unauthorized activities – when the computer is supposed to be idle.

How to protect your system from other infections from now on:

Since such viruses cannot only be found in e-mails or pop-ups, you will need to avoid anything related to illegal downloads online. Of course, you also need to keep your OS and anti-malware tool in good shape (read, fully updated to the latest versions) as they are your strongest weapons against viruses.

SUMMARY:

Name Vghost.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  No particular symptoms can be listed – any system disturbance could be a potential Trojan infection red flag.
Distribution Method Fake ads, apm emails, pirated software, illegal web pages, etc.
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