It can be incredibly unpleasant for you and dangerous to your computer system if a Trojan Horse virus program such as the recently reported Rietspoof Malware manages to infiltrate it. There are a number of different negative consequences that could result from such a malware attack because, unlike more specialized forms of malware like Spyware and Ransomware, Trojans are often used to accomplish more than one tasks inside a targeted machine. This basically means that if Rietspoof infects you, its creators may use it for damaging your system, corrupting essential data in your PC and messing with crucial system processes but also for spaying on your, collecting sensitive data which could later be used for blackmailing and harassment and even for loading your machine with more malware programs. All of those and many more could be the uses of a Trojan Horse infection and the worst part is that you may oftentimes have no idea as to what the actual goal of the virus may be in your particular case. The one constant here, though, is the importance of acting quickly and with decisiveness – you really shouldn’t procrastinate the timely removal of the malware. That is why, our advice for any of you who may think or know that Rietspoof is currently residing in their computers is to try to locate any data related to the infection and delete it at once. Understandably, most of you may find this task quite challenging as Trojans are well known for their stealth and their ability to remain hidden from even the most vigilant and experienced of users. However, the guide that we have prepared for our readers and added to this page should hopefully help you correctly identify any files and items related to the Rietspoof Trojan and remove them from your computer.
You can additionally use the help of the removal anti-malware tool that we have added to our guide as a recommended software against Rietspoof Malware. It can prove to be especially useful for users who are not experienced and would prefer not to manually try to locate and remove the infection. Nevertheless, whether you choose to go for the instructions from the guide or try out the suggested removal program from this page, the important thing is to ensure that the malware is not allowed to remain in the computer for any more time because, as we already told you, the consequences could be quite severe.
Protecting your computer against Trojan viruses in the future
Of course, removing the infection is really important but you must also ensure that it doesn’t come back in the future. Keeping your machine protected includes avoiding anything that could potentially expose it to harm – spam letters, obscure download requests and questionable update prompts, shady websites and pages, pirated content and so on. However, since Trojans tend to be rather difficult to pick up as they oftentimes lack visible red flags, it’s also a good idea to get an antivirus software tool if you don’t have one so that you could get that extra bit of protection which comes from having security software installed on the computer.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||You may sometimes notice random errors and crashes if there’s a Trojan on your computer but there is no guarantee that there would be any symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||A Trojan could get on your PC by getting delivered via a spam message, a pirated download, a malicious and misleading ad as well as with the help of many other methods.|
Remove Rietspoof Malware
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.
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 Rietspoof . 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.