Piggy RPG is a malware program categorized as a Trojan virus and it can quickly take over your whole computer and corrupt its processes and the data stored on it. Piggy RPG can also steal sensitive information or insert additional threats such as Ransomware inside the computer.
Since this virus belongs to the Trojan Horse category, it is expected of it to get distributed stealthily, using different types of disguise. In most cases, the potential victims of the threat wouldn’t have any idea that what they are allowing into their machines is actually a harmful virus of the Trojan Horse variety. Furthermore, often, even after the infection has occurred, there would be no obvious symptoms triggered by it and so the user may remain unaware of the attack on their system.
Many users believe that having a high-quality antivirus program that is up-to-date can help them fend off the malware but that is not always the case. Most popular antiviruses are indeed pretty good at dealing with Trojan Horse threats, but only ones that have already been listed in their databases. However, Piggy RPG is a very new threat and it is likely that its details are still not present in the databases of a large number of otherwise reliable antivirus solutions. In other words, this means that even if you have a good security tool that has its latest updates installed, this may still not be enough to detect and delete the malware because your antivirus may simply be unable to recognize it.
How to tell if Piggy RPG is in the system
Unfortunately, there are no surefire ways of finding out if this Trojan has entered your computer but there may still be some pretty obvious signs that can let you know that something’s not quite right with your computer. Note that in many cases the symptoms that a Trojan virus such a Piggy RPG would trigger depend on the task that the virus is used to complete. For example, in cases where the Trojan is used as an espionage tool, there would be minimal symptoms that most users would not be able to spot. However, if the virus inserts a Ransomware on your computer, your most important data files would soon begin to become inaccessible, which would be a serious red flag that you have been infected by malware.
Also, Trojan threats are often tasked with starting different malicious processes in the system that cause the computer to complete certain resource-intensive tasks (such as cryptocurrency-mining), which would immediately cause severe slow-downs in the system as well as potential crashes, freezes, errors, BSOD errors, and other unpleasant disturbances.
In many cases, due to the manipulation of different settings, processes, and files performed by the virus, you may notice unexpected and unauthorized changes in different elements in the system. If any of your files have been deleted or if certain programs have had their settings changed without your approval, this could also be a possible sign of a Trojan Horse infection.
To conclude, as you can see, there are many different ways in which a threat such as Piggy RPG can be used and just as many types of symptoms that may be caused as a result. The important thing to take away from all this is that, as long as you have any suspicion that a Trojan virus may be messing with your system, you should not waste any time and take all the needed precautions to eliminate the threat.
Piggy RPG SUMMARY:
|Symptoms||Piggy RPG 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 Piggy RPG Virus Guide
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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 Piggy RPG
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.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the Piggy RPG.
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 Piggy RPG , 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 – Piggy RPG
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 Piggy RPG Virus. About 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.