Is Zoom Malware?
The term “Zoom Malware” targets any malicious program that can infiltrate your system using content related to the Zoom application. Zoom Video Communications is a legitimate service which allows its users to engage in conference calls with audio and video connection.
Zoom malware is a malicious piece of software created by people with criminal intentions that operates as a Trojan horse. Users who have Zoom malware in their system can expect to face issues like data theft or destruction, system corruption, espionage, blackmail and banking fraud.
The purpose of this post is to acquaint the victims of Zoom Malware with the specifics of this malware and the methods that can be used to safely remove it from the system. Lately there has been a growing number of users infected with this Trojan and this is what made us publish this article and the removal guide that you will find below. In the paragraphs that follow, you will find information about the places where the Zoom Malware Trojan hides, the methods it uses to infect web users, the criminal activities that it may be related to and, of course, the most effective steps that can help you remove it from your computer.
Spam messages and malvertisements are some of the most universally used ways to distribute Trojans and other types of malware across the web. That’s why what we usually advise our readers when it comes to virus and malware protection and prevention is to keep away from sketchy web ads, spam emails and shady attachments and never open them. Sadly, these aren’t the only places where threats like Zoom Malware can be found. Sometimes, the Trojan-based code can be disguised as a useful program, an add-on or a free application and can be uploaded on different file-sharing or torrent sites so that users can download and install it along with some other cracked or pirated software.
Once they compromise the computer, the Trojans do their best not to get detected so that they can remain in the system for as long as possible. In many cases, they disguise their malicious elements as regular system files in order to make it harder for the victim to detect and remove them. They also rename their malicious processes as common system processes in order to confuse the person who is trying to locate and kill them. These stealthy tactics not only make the deletion of threats like Zoom Malware harder but also increase the risk of damaging your computer by accidentally deleting some vital system data or killing important system processes while trying to deal with the infection.
Sadly, the risks of keeping a Trojan in the system and letting it operate are almost as high as the risks related to its removal. What you should keep in mind about these infections is that they have a lot of malicious abilities and can perform a variety of harmful processes and tasks without any interaction from your side. They can be used for backdoor activities and can sneak additional virus infections and malware like Ransomware, Spyware and Rootkits in the system.
Depending on what the hackers want to achieve, threats like Zoom Malware can be set to take over the system and provide full remote access to all its resources and the information stored there. This can allow the criminals to not only steal whatever data they want but also to remotely control the entire computer. With the help of the commands performed by the Trojan, the crooks can switch your web camera and microphone on and off, secretly make records of you and your conversations, collect sensitive information about your environment (be it your home or your office) and later use it for blackmail purposes, theft, or other forms of abuse.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Victims of Trojans typically cannot detect symptoms of the infection until a major damage has occurred to their system.|
|Distribution Method||Emails that contain harmful attachments and spam messages may often be used to distribute Trojan horse infections.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
Zoom Malware Removal
If you are looking for a way to remove Zoom Malware you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for Zoom Malware and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Zoom Malware as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Zoom Malware 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
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).
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
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:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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—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!