Zeus Sphinx is a new malware variant of the Trojan horse family that can infect computers without getting spotted by their antivirus programs. Viruses like Zeus Sphinx can be used in different ways, including for data and money theft, espionage, and Ransomware distribution.
Since this is a new addition to the Trojan horse category and there’s still not enough research on it, it is difficult to tell exactly what the main goal of this infection is. Furthermore, it is possible that the virus can be used for different tasks on the different computers it infects. The Trojan horse malware type is very versatile in general and its representatives can be tasked with the completion of a wide variety of harmful actions. Currently, we can give you information about the most likely uses of the Zeus Sphinx threat so that you know what you might face if this virus enters/has entered your computer.
Common uses of Trojan horse viruses
Nowadays, one of the most popular uses of these threats is for the distribution of other, more specialized, forms of malware. A common example of that is the Ransomware category – the infections of this type are oftentimes delivered into the computers of their victims with the help of a hidden Trojan horse that has already entered the targeted machine. In those cases, the Trojan serves a secondary purpose and the Ransomware is the one that causes the actual damage.
Of course, Trojans can be the main malware too. In many cases, this type of malware is used for spying on the targeted victim with the goal to collect some form of sensitive information. Depending on what the collected data is, it could be used in different ways. For instance, if the virus has acquired your banking details, this may allow the hackers to silently drain your bank accounts. In other cases, if the Trojan has gotten to some personal details about you, the hackers may blackmail you for a ransom payment by threatening you that those details may be sent to everybody who knows you.
One of the most common Trojan horse uses is when Zeus Sphinx or another similar virus takes over the whole system and starts launching different processes in the computer without your permission. Usually, those processes are aimed at mining Bitcoins (or other cryptocurrencies) for the hackers or at targeting other users with spam messages to further spread the virus.
The best way to stop any form of malware from damaging your computer is to make sure the malicious program never gets inside your PC in the first place.
When talking about Trojans, it’s important to note that most such threats rely on the victim’s own gullibility to get the malware inside their computer. This is done by using disguises for the virus and presenting it to the user as something the latter is likely to download. It could be a popular game distributed for free by a torrent site or some other piece of software. It could also be a misleading email attachment that contains the Trojan. Because of this, you really need to use your common sense when browsing the Internet and only interact with and download content that you have found on reliable sites that have a good reputation.
Zeus Sphinx Malware Removal
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.