A dangerous and very stealthy Trojan Horse infection named Belonard is now on the loose and if you have had the misfortune of getting infected, you should immediately take actions to remove this nasty threat before it manages to cause some serious trouble. Belonard can secretly sneak inside any computer machine and start a series of malevolent activities in the background, which may have different harmful effects and unpredictable consequences. Such infections may slow down the computer’s performance by exploiting its RAM and CPU resources for criminal purposes. Trojans may also disable your security program that will make your system vulnerable to threats like Ransomware and other viruses. In addition, a Trojan virus may brutally mess up your system files and programs, corrupt them, replace them or completely wipe off all data from your HDD. It can also steal your personal information and put your virtual identity at risk by transmitting some sensitive details and files from your system to remote criminal servers. As you can see, infections like Belonard are a major risk for all computers and can cause severe damage if not removed on time. However, the main challenge that most of the victims face is correctly detecting the malware and fully removing all of its related malicious code from the system because, as most Trojan-based infection, Belonard may be able to mimic some normal system files and processes and can use a lot of tricks to remain in the computer for longer. That’s why, if you want to deal with Belonard effectively, you may need to follow specific removal steps. Keep in mind, though, that Belonard is a nasty malware which even experienced computer users may not be able to manually eliminate. It also quite possible that its associated files may carry different names, which may easily trick you. For this reason, you may need the assistance of a professional removal tool to scan your entire PC and detect the core files related to the infection.
How can you get infected with Belonard and how to protect your PC?
When it comes to Trojan-based infections, you should know that there are many methods through which these nasty pieces of software can sneak inside your system. Some of the most common distribution methods include attaching the virus to attractive ads, pop-up messages and offers as well as spreading the harmful payload via spam email messages and malicious files. Belonard may also get on your machine if you visit illegal, adult, torrent and various other suspicious websites or when playing low-quality online games, downloading pirated or cracked software and more. Installing fake software updates can also deliver malicious programs like this one into your system. That’s why our best advice to keep you safe is to avoid interaction with sketchy online content and only go to reputed web locations from well-known software developers. Sadly, that may not be enough and you may still need to invest in reliable anti-malware software which can detect potential virus transmitters and notify you about hidden malicious activities in your system.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||The Trojans rarely show symptoms,which can give them away, thus they are very difficult to detect.|
|Distribution Method||Some of the most common sources include spam, malicious emails and attachments, fake ads, torrents, infected websites.|
Remove Belonard Trojan Horse
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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 Belonard
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 Belonard.
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.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 Belonard , 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 – Belonard
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 Belonard Malware. 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.