xPCAP Virus


xPCAP is a dangerous Trojan horse infection that can cause damage to the system of your computer and monitor your activities. Threats like xPCAP are oftentimes used for espionage, data theft, system corruption and more and they are typically distributed using some form of disguise.

xPCAP Virus

The xPCAP Virus will often launch and display pop-up messages and fraudulent scan details.

The xPCAP Trojan horse is one of the newer additions to this family of viruses, yet, despite being a fairly new threat, the number of computers it has already infected is quite high. If you are among the many who have had their computer attacked by xPCAP, we advise you to stay with us and read the following information to learn more about the abilities of this virus and the potential methods you could apply in order to have it removed from your PC.

One of the most common traits of Trojans like this in is the disguise tactics they use in order to get inside the systems of their potential victims. Most users do not realize how or when a Trojan horse infection has occurred because, typically, the virus is presented to them as something that doesn’t raise suspicion. For example, a Trojan like xPCAP could get distributed under the guise of a popular computer game or otherwise an expensive program that is being distributed for free. Since most sites that claim to offer paid software for free are the ones with pirated content, this is where Trojans could oftentimes be found. If you tend to visit such sites and download stuff from them, we strongly advise you to cease doing this. Not only is it illegal to download pirated content, but this could also lead to the infection of your computer with various kinds of malware and unwanted software.

The xPCAP Virus

The xPCAP Virus is from the Trojan horse category which can be responsible for the corruption of your computer system. The xPCAP Virus can exploit system resources, introduce viruses and Ransomware to the machine, steal user passwords, corrupt OS files, and more.

If you have a reason to believe xPCAP is presently in your system, then you must make sure to check your computer for the presence of this malware and, if anything is found, to remove it immediately. Trojans could damage your system in all sorts of ways and they could also lead to data corruption or the insertion of threats like Ransomware cryptoviruses in the already infected machine. If the Trojan inserts Ransomware in your computer, most of your personal data will likely get locked up and you won’t be able to use it until you pay a ransom demanded by the hackers.

In addition to all of this, a lot of Trojans have espionage abilities that allow them to collect all kinds of sensitive info from your system – from credit/debit card numbers and online passwords to private conversations and personal photos and videos. Needless to say, placed in the wrong hands, such info could be used in all kinds of insidious ways leading to additional problems for you. The good news is that we will aid you with the removal of the xPCAP threat by providing you with a detailed guide that contains steps with screenshots that explain how to check your computer for the presence of malware and how to eliminate anything that may get detected.


Name xPCAP
Type PUP
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Trojan horses, depending on their goal, might cause crashes in the computer, software freezes, slowdowns, deletion of important data, and more.
Distribution Method  Spam email messages and illegally distributed/pirated software are the most commonly used distribution methods.
Detection Tool

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Remove xPCAP Virus

If you are looking for a way to remove xPCAP you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for xPCAP and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall xPCAP as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of xPCAP completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.

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

xPCAP Virus

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).

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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. 

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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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Scan Results

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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. 

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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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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.

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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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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