Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE Malware



Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE is a malicious program that seeks to launch malicious processes in the background of the system without the users’ knowledge. Due to its stealth and the way it operates, Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE is identified as a member of the Trojan Horse category and should be removed as soon as possible.

The Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE Malware

Computers that get infected with Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE are typically exposed to a serious danger because, as soon as it sneaks inside the system, this Trojan-based threat can launch a series of malicious processes. Normally, this malware can secretly invade your computer and turn it into a bot or change your configurations. In most cases, the Trojan will not indicate its presence in the system until it has completed its malicious agenda that’s why the victims will typically be unpleasantly surprised to realize that their computer has been infected and damaged without their realization.

The detection of the threat is very difficult also because the malware can conceal like standard OS files and can even mimic regular system processes in order not to raise suspicion and remain in the computer for as long as possible. Nonetheless, if you identify the infection in time and remove it from your machine before it completes its agenda, you can have the chance to prevent significant damage. This, of course, is not an easy task and if you’re not a professional, it would be important to really have the assistance of reliable malware removal software or at least a comprehensive removal guide like the one below. However, before you scroll down, we advise you to read the entire article first to gain a better understanding of the danger that you are facing and the Trojans in general.

The victim of Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE typically ask us what harm this Trojan could do and what could be expected from it. Unfortunately, there’s no right answer to these questions when it comes to Trojans because these pieces of malware can be configured to perform many dangerous activities and launch different malicious processes one after the other. Basically, what a threat like Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE will do is completely dictated by the criminals who are in control of the infection.

They  usually use Trojans to illegally gather personal information from the compromised computers and send it to remote servers. Credit or debit card numbers, passwords, email addresses, contacts, personal or professionally related correspondence, passwords, pictures and videos that are stored on your device can easily land in the hands of the criminals thanks to the background work of this malware. Many Trojan-based threats such as Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE can help the hackers perform online banking fraud, financial theft and personal abuse because they provide them with the information they need to conduct such criminal actions.

Another dangerous thing Trojans can do is monitor the infected computer without the user’s consent and carry out hazardous tasks. They can, for example, make device configuration changes, erase, alter, or delete data, or take advantage of computer resources to spread spam messages, mine cryptocurrencies, or carry out DDoS attacks. The most dangerous, however, is the capability of Trojans to invite spyware, ransomware, and other viruses. If you fail to act quickly and to delete the infection as soon as possible, different malicious programs will destroy your computer at the same time, which is why we advise our readers to urgently take action to remove Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE.


Name Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE
Type Malware
Danger Level  High
Symptoms Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.
Distribution Method Most of the time, Trojans get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.

Remove Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE Malware Guide

1: Preparations

Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.

2: Task Manager

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.

If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.

Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.

3: IP related to Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE

Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.

Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that. 

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If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE.


4: Disable Startup programs

Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.

Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10,  it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:

If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious as there could be a link between them and Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE , disable those programs and select OK.

5: Registry Editor

Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.

Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.

Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.

6: Deleting potentially malicious data – Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE

Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:






Delete everything you see in Temp linked to Backdoor.Win.DARKCHEESE MalwareAbout the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.

Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.

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