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This page aims to help you remove GootKit Malware. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows. The chances of getting attacked by a Trojan Horse...

This page aims to help you remove GootKit Malware. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

The chances of getting attacked by a Trojan Horse such as GootKit are quite high if you aren’t careful with what you do online. This new threat is spreading via various distribution channels but can mainly be found inside misleading good-looking ads, fake offers, misleading links, legitimate-looking emails with malicious attachments or pirated software installers. If you have a suspicion that GootKit might have compromised your machine and might have launched some unfamiliar tasks in the background of the system, you are advised to immediately take action against this nasty infection and quickly scan your entire PC with a reputed security tool. The reason is, the longer the Trojan remains hidden and active, the greater the damage that it may cause becomes. That’s why its quick detection and, more importantly, its effective removal can save you from the unpredictable consequences of its attack.

But what can you do if you are not a computer expert and don’t know how to handle such a serious threat? Fortunately, on this page, we can offer you a trusted GootKit Malware removal tool and a detailed removal guide manual which you can use against the nasty Trojan. With their help, you will hopefully be able to remove the infection without facing its dreadful effects. What is more, if you read the article to the end, you will find some useful tips on how to protect your computer from malware of this kind and how to recognize the potential symptoms which can give it away. In most of the cases, the Trojans indeed have no particular symptoms and may hide inside the system for an indefinite period of time or until the hackers who are in control decide to use it for their criminal purposes. That’s why one should also use trusted security tools to catch and remove them on time.

Oftentimes, threats like GootKit Malware may serve as a backdoor for various malicious programs and other types of malware. Threats like Spyware or Ransomware can easily find their way inside your computer with the help of a previously nested in there Trojan Horse, which can create security holes and weaken the system’s protection or block the installed antivirus software in order to provide a gateway for other viruses. Many of hackers use the Trojans as multipurpose tools which can perform different criminal activities, targeting different parts of your system. For instance, threats like GootKit are perfect tools for data theft or theft of sensitive banking details, personal identification details and files that you store on your PC. They can also be used for system corruption, data destruction, espionage, various types of online fraud or even unauthorized access. Unfortunately, nobody can predict what such advanced malware could be programmed to do until the effects of its attack are already a fact. But we believe that you don’t want to experience firsthand the damage that GootKit can cause to your machine and that’s why we suggest you do not lose time and instead make sure use the instructions in the removal guide above and quickly and safely remove the Trojan Horse from the system.

SUMMARY:

NameGootKit
TypeTrojan
Danger LevelHigh
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.

 

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Remove GootKit Malware

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: 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. 

hosts_opt (1)

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.

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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.

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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:

%AppData%

%LocalAppData%

%ProgramData%

%WinDir%

%Temp%

Delete everything you see in Temp linked to GootKit 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

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 MobileSecurityZone.com, 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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