One of the worst things that can happen to a computer is for it to get infected by Clam.txt.trojan.kryptik. This is a malicious and dangerous piece of malware that many users seem to have encountered in the recent days. Clam.txt.trojan.kryptik belongs to the well-known and very widespread category of computer viruses known as Trojan Horses. Currently, we do not have too much information about Clam.txt.trojan.kryptik in particular since it’s still a newly developed infection and the research on it is still too scarce for us to draw any definitive conclusions. Still, we can tell you the most important things about this piece of malware so as to warn our readers about the potential dangers that it may represent as well as to show them the possible ways they could counteract the infection in an effective and successful way.
The first things that ought to be said about Clam.txt.trojan.kryptik and most of the Trojan threats in general is that the abilities of such a virus could actually be quite varied. Take for example a Spyware or a Ransomware virus – these threats are typically used for very specific tasks and their abilities and features are limited to those tasks. A Ransomware is used to blackmail its victims after encrypting their files and a Spyware infection would be tasked with espionage on its targeted user. However, in the case of Clam.txt.trojan.kryptik and other similar criminal programs, the malware could potentially be used in multiple ways depending on the specific goal of the hacker who has initiated the attack on the infected computer. Damage to important system data, backdooring other malware, stealing sensitive info from the computer or from the online accounts of the user and many, many more. As we said, due to lack of extensive data on this malware piece in particular, we can’t exactly tell you what it may try to do to your computer but the one certain thing is the sooner you act and use the removal steps below, the better your chances of saving your system from harm.
In case of doubt…
Sometimes, a Trojan may use disguise for its files and processes in order to make it difficult for the user to manually locate and eliminate them from the computer. For example, Clam.txt.trojan.kryptik may try to disguise some of its files as important system data which may lead to the deletion of the wrong file if you try to manually take care of the situation. The guide above may help you handle the infection but there are no guarantees since there’s always the possibility of you mistakenly deleting something that you are not supposed to. Because of this, our suggestion for you is to combine the manual instructions and steps from the guide with the removal security program that we’ve linked on this page for maximum effectiveness. Also, remember that you can always write us a comment in the comments section below the article in case you want to ask us any questions concerning this Trojan Horse and its successful removal.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans are difficult to notice due to their sneaky and stealthy nature and overall lack of symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages with attached malware files, fake ads and updates, pirated software and so on.|
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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: The Hosts file
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 virus.
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 , 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
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 Clam.txt.trojan.kryptik. 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.