YTStealer Malware

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YTStealer

A new Trojan-based virus called YTStealer is rapidly spreading online and secretly attacking more and more victims. If you have the slightest suspicion that YTStealer might have sneaked inside your computer, we urge you to take immediate actions towards detecting and removing it.

YTStealer
The YTStealer malware stealthiness in combination with its advanced malicious abilities can lead to unpredictable damage

Otherwise, you may have to face some really unpredictable malicious consequences, which may affect your entire system, the data stored in it and all the valuable information related to your personal and professional life. But how can you find and safely remove such a sneaky threat like YTStealer if you are an inexperienced computer user?

On this page, we will show you all the necessary steps which can help you with this uneasy task. All you need to do is carefully study the instructions that have been published in the removal guide below or use the professional assistance of the YTStealer removal tool that is attached there.

Of course, you have to be careful with the execution of each of the steps if you don’t want to harm something else inside your system because YTStealer is a very sneaky infection which may hide in various system locations and may even mimic completely legitimate system processes and files in order to remain undetected. Its stealthiness in combination with its advanced malicious abilities can lead to unpredictable damage which is why you really need to be extremely cautious. If not removed in time, this Trojan horse may provide its criminal creators with remote access to the infected computer and allow them to modify, corrupt, replace, and install anything they want. It can also serve as a backdoor to your computer for ransomware or spyware infections or as a tool for data theft and espionage.

In most cases, the infection with YTStealer and Energy.exe lacks any particular symptoms which is the reason why its timely detection can be very challenging. The victims may not have a clue that they have been compromised for a long period of time or at least until the effects of the Trojan’s harmful activities become apparent and start to cause real trouble.

That’s why one of the best methods to detect such malware and to remove it before it manages to cause harm is to run a full system scan with reliable antivirus software. Investing in such software is also a good step towards prevention of future malware attacks because the hackers who create and spread infections like YTStealer use various disguise methods to hide their malicious payload inside seemingly-harmless carriers, which the users may not be able recognize as malicious.

The crooks typically spread Trojans via good-looking ads, phishing sites, legitimate-looking emails and attachments, intriguing offers and discounts and sometimes even fake update requests, which pretend to be have been send from a legitimate software developer. Unfortunately, in many cases, the users get tricked by these transmitters and click on them without scanning them for hidden malware and this is how most infections happen. A good antivirus program, however, may effectively prevent the interaction through those malicious transmitters by notifying you and prompting you to take the necessary actions to avoid or remove the threat.

SUMMARY:

NameYTStealer
TypeTrojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones, which oftentimes require a detection tool for effective detection of the Trojan
Distribution MethodSpam emails and malicious attachments, infected links, fake ads, pirated content, torrents, illegal websites.
Detection Tool

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Remove YTStealer Malware

If you are looking for a way to remove YTStealer 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 YTStealer and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall YTStealer as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of YTStealer 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


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!

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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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