Can’t Remove Commondatastorage Googleapis Virus? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove Commondatastorage Googleapis Virus that can be found at the bottom half of this article.
Trojan Horse malware is the bane if any OC that it can get infected and each user who wishes to keep their PC machine safe needs to have a proper understanding of what exactly to expect from such a virus in order to be able to counteract it in a adequate manner. As of recent, we have received information regarding the release of yet another addition to the Trojan Horse family – a malicious program which goes under the name of Commondatastorage Googleapis. One of its main goals it to send out malicious links through Facebook.
Down below, we will try to give you some basic information regarding this new malware hazard and Trojan Horses in general. We have also included instructions on how to clean your PC from Commondatastorage Googleapis employing several different methods, The removal instructions are available for anyone who might need them at the bottom of this post. Just remember to read the article as well since learning more about those malicious programs is key to understanding how they work and how you can protect against them in the days to come.
Is Commondatastorage Googleapis A Virus?
A Trojan Horse is a piece of malicious software that tries deceive and trick the user into thinking that it is a legitimate program when in reality, it is malware that can be used for a number of different illegal purposes depending on what the attacker’s goal is. Technically, though most people refer to Trojans as viruses, they aren’t exactly that due to the fact that they normally do not try to replicate themselves to other data on the PC. That said, since “PC virus” as become a collective term for all forms of malware, it is acceptable to use it when referring to Trojans like Commondatastorage Googleapis as well.
Most of the time, Trojans actually are downloaded and run by the users themselves as they are under the guise of regular and harmless software. And once the noxious program gets run by the user, provided that the latter is using a Administrator account on the PC, the hacker behind the Trojan would gain wide privileges on the infected machine. This would allow them to execute all sorts of malicious processes and tasks that we will go over in a moment. All in all, viruses the likes of Commondatastorage Googleapis can be extremely sneaky and users oftentimes do not realize that their machine has been infiltrated by the dangerous malware threat.
What do Trojans do?
We already said that this type of malware can be commanded to execute a variety of different actions and processes and it all depends what the cyber criminal is actually after. A few examples of what a Trojan might be utilized for are cyber-espionage, money theft, system damage/corruption, downloading Ransomware on the infected system, etc. Some Trojans also create a botnet of all the machines that they have attacked. A botnet is a network of PCs infected by the virus that are used to perform certain tasks for the hacker’s benefit. One common example is when the botnet is used for large-scale BitCoin mining or mining of some other cryptocurrency. Another possibility is that the computers are forced to send out spam messages that contain malware in order to spread the virus even further to more users. There are also many other methods a virus like Commondatastorage Googleapis might get used but we won’t list them all here.
The symptoms of a Trojan
This type of malware is notorious for just how sneaky it can be. There is even a separate class of Trojans known as Rootkit that have the main purpose of concealing illegal and malicious processes that are running on an infected PC so that they would remain undetected by the user or their antivirus program. However, it is still absolutely essential to have a reliable antivirus tool at your disposal as this is one of the most effective way for intercepting the activity of such a malware. Also, it is a good idea to lookout certain possible symptoms that a Trojan Horse can trigger – increased RAM/CPU use, Blue Screen of Death crashing, obstructive and frequent errors, system configuration changes that you didn’t allow, slow-downs and many more. Should you notice any of this, we advise you to run a full system scan and maybe go through our removal guide just to be sure that there’s no viruses left on your machine.
Protecting your PC
Hackers typically rely on careless users who lack the attention to detail that would allow them to spot a potential threat online. However, you can easily adopt certain habits while browsing the web which would help you avoid possible virus attacks. The most important rule here is to only go to sites and interact with web content that you are absolutely sure is safe. For instance, it might not be the best idea to visit web addresses that might be illegal or that distribute shady software. The same applies to clicking on sketchy ads and banners or accepting questionable web offers. In that line of thought, we also need to mention the danger that spam social network messages/e-mails are. If any form of text message gets send to you which might resemble spam, do not interact with it unless you can verify that it is actually safe to do so.
One last piece of advice that we are going to give you here is to always update all software on your PC. This doesn’t only include your OS and antivirus/anti-malware programs but all other programs on your PC as well since any vulnerabilities that their older versions might have could get exploited by hackers that might try to invade your system.
Commondatastorage Googleapis Virus Removal Guide
Within the next guide, you will be given instructions that will help you remove the Commondatastorage Googleapis PC virus from your computer. However, before you start carrying out the following steps, we advise you to bookmark this webpage and have it opened on a separate device nearby (a smartphone,a tablet, another PC, etc.) as some of the steps might require a re-start of the computer.
Step 1: Safe Mode and Hidden files and folders
In order to increase your chances for success, you are advised to boot your PC into Safe Mode and to also reveal the hidden files and folders that are on it. If you don’t know how to do that, here are links to separate guides that can help you: Safe Mode Guide; Hidden Files and Folders Guide.
Step 2: Task Manager
Use the Ctrl+Shift+Esc or the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keyboard combinations to evoke the Task Manager. Now, go to the Processes tab and look for anything that has the Commondatastorage Googleapis name on it. If there’s nothing with that name, look for any processes that use too much RAM, have weird or no description and that generally seem suspicious.
If you find anything, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you are sure that the process was malicious, delete everything in the file location directory. Then go back to the Task Manager Processes tab and stop the shady process by right-clicking on it and then selecting End Process.
Step 3: Startup
Use the Winkey+R key-combo to evoke Run. In the newly-opened search bar type msconfig and hit the Enter button.
In the new window go to the Startup and look through the startup programs. If you see anything that looks suspicious (for example, has unknown or no manufacturer), remove the tick from its checkbox to disable it on startup and then select OK.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
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Step 4: Localhost
Type notepad in the Start Menu search bar and open Notepad. Click on File and then on Open. Go to the following folder c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc and open the Hosts file. If nothing appears when you get to the etc folder that can be opened, change the file type from Text documents to All files.
Now look at the bottom of the notepad file and see where it says Localhost. Take a look below that and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some IP’s, copy them and send them to us in the comments section down below so that we can determine if they need to be removed.
Step 5: Registry Editor
Re-open Run and type regedit. Hit Enter and once the new window opens, press Ctrl+F. In the search bar, type the name of the virus and click on Find Next. See if anything gets found under the name of the virus and delete the registry keys and folders that come up as results.
However, remember that if you delete the wrong registry key, it might do more harm than good to your PC so if you aren’t sure, you’d better ask us in the comments below about what to do if you find anything inside the Registry Editor.
Step 6: Potentially hazardous data
Open the Start Menu and copy-paste each one of the following locations, one after the other and hit Enter after each so that the folder opens:
Open each folder location and sort the files by date (from newest to oldest). Now, delete the ones that have been created around and after the time your PC got infected. In the Temp folder, delete everything.
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Boris Writer; Editor
Boris is a writer and an editor of the articles on Malware Complaints. His mission is to provide the readers of our website with essential information and details with regards to various malicious programs, software viruses, potentially unwanted applications and any other form of malware that you, the users, might encounter. In addition, he also posts reviews of different programs and applications as well as news articles on various interesting and important topics related to the software world.