xRat Virus Trojan Removal (Sept. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove xRat Virus Trojan. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

Trojans have been around pretty much since the dawn of the internet and are still one of the most infamous and dangerous malware categories out there. Not to mention that they dramatically outnumber any other type of viruses. As a matter of fact, Trojan horse viruses are responsible for a whopping 75% of all malware infections, so that should already speak volumes about just how common these viruses are. One of their newer representatives is a virus called xRat Virus, which is most likely what you have discovered on your computer, since you’ve come to this page. And it’s a good thing you did, too. Here will aim to provide you with as much information regarding xRat Virus as possible within this short article, as well as offer you a working solution for the infection. Once you’ve read the paragraphs that follow, you will find a detailed removal guide, designed to walk you through the process of locating and removing xRat Virus. If for whatever reason you don’t trust your computing skills in dealing with delicate matters such as these, you can also make use of our professional removal tool.

What to expect from a Trojan horse virus:

Trojans are as stealthy and sneaky as they are flexible. And by flexible we mean that they are capable of executing a wide variety of different activities on your computer. That’s also why we can’t precisely pinpoint the reason xRat Virus has been installed on your particular PC – the options are endless. We would like to, however, provide you with an idea of what this virus could potentially be up to, though. Therefore, we will just summarize some of top usages that are most likely to be encountered.

For example, one of the most dreadful and appalling purposes of a Trojan could be spying or surveillance. If some cybercriminal has set out to put tabs on you, they can do that by literally watching you and your every move with the help of this malicious program. Not to mention that they can actually hear you, too, if your computer has a microphone. What’s more, the hackers can even monitor your screen and see everything you see. Another similarly disturbing, yet perhaps even more common usage involves stealing from the victim’s computer. Usually this will be some personal or sensitive information, like online banking details, credit or debit card numbers, passwords, logins, etc. Not to mention that certain very elaborate schemes have been known to hijack a user’s entire traffic and redirect it to the hackers.

xRat Virus Trojan 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!

A lot of people ignore what is written and then ask us, so we are putting this information here. To remove parasite without it coming back, you WILL 100% have to:

  Delete files belonging to suspicious processes in your Task Manager.

 

  Meddle with system files and folders, including ones belonging to Windows.

Both of these can damage your system. If you want a fast safe solution, we always recommend SpyHunter, because it has an option, allowing its owners to send a customized fix made for your PC. We guarantee it will work. You can access it at "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> Select Problem Type ---> Unremoved Parasite. 

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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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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:

hosts_opt (1)

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

Step5

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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

Trojans like xRat Virus are also equally capable of destroying data on your computer. And with that in mind, they can actually wipe it clean of any information that was ever on it, robbing you of that data forever. But given a good enough reason, the hackers can just easily damage your system to the point where it’s beyond any form of repair. Also, Trojans are often used to smuggle in other viruses, such as ransomware for example. Other possibilities include involving your machine in botnets, using it to mine cryptocurrencies, send out spam, etc. There are endless options of what xRat Virus could potentially be doing on your computer, so once again – it’s a really good thing you’ve managed to spot it. Malware of this type is notorious for being able to go unspotted over very lengthy periods of time.

But spotting it is only doing half the job. The other half is still ahead of you and will require all your attention to locate and remove all the files related to this malicious piece of software. And after you’ve done that, you can concentrate on securing your computer and patching up any ‘hole’ the virus may have used to infiltrate it in the first place. For starters, upgrading your OS and installing all the latest updates will ensure that any vulnerabilities are removed. Also, it certainly wouldn’t hurt for you to consider a better antimalware program. And you should certainly always be aware of the face that Trojans can be anywhere, when you’re browsing the web. Don’t let your guard down and use your common sense, such as avoid suspicious email or messages on other platforms, like social media. This is actually still one of the leading distribution methods for Trojans and other types of malware alike.

SUMMARY:

Name xRat Virus
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Users rarely experience any symptoms of a Trojan horse infection due to this malware’s notorious stealth.
Distribution Method  Usually via spam messages, infected downloadable content, various fake system update and other notifications, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!