About the Tonedeaf Malaware
A Trojan Horse is certainly not something nice to see in your computer, but if you have noticed the presence of such a malware threat, this is actually good news. Most Trojans are really secretive and they operate in the system without showing symptoms to draw the user’s attention to their presence. This makes them really tricky to spot and eliminate, which is why, if you have noticed that a Trojan has infected your computer, you can at least now do something about it. Tonedeaf is the Trojan Horse infection that we will be focusing on today and if that is the specific threat you have on your hands right now, stay with us to learn what the best way to remove it is.
But before we show you the steps you need to follow in order to get rid of this malware, you should first learn a little more about the potential specifics of this threat. First and foremost, the Trojans are not threats that are limited to a single goal. A Ransomware cryptovirus (Ndarod, Bopador) will lock the files on the computer, a Spyware will spy on its victims and a Rootkits will block the antivirus or the anti-malware tool. A Trojan Horse, however, may be able to do a number of things at once, all aimed at something different.
The typical thing that most Trojans try to do as soon as they enter the system is gain Administrative privileges. In fact, the users themselves are oftentimes the ones that give the Trojan such privileges. Tonedeaf, for example, may come to you disguised as some unsuspicious software or update installer, and when you open that installer using an Administrator account on the computer, the malware would automatically gain all the administrative privileges of the said account. Once it does this, the Trojan could access all kinds of settings, data and software in the computer, it could download more viruses like Ransomware and Spyware and it could even telly our computer to carry out tasks without asking for your permission. This is, in fact, why many Trojans similar to Tonedeaf are used to infect big groups of computers and then commanding them to carry out collective tasks such as mass spam e-mail distribution, cryptocurrency mining activities, DDoS attacks and more. Such groups of computers are called botnets and if your machine has become a part of a Trojan’s botnet, it may experience severe slow-downs, sudden errors, occasional crashes and more similar disruptions. And, of course, there are many more things that could happen if Tonedeaf or another Trojan has infiltrated your computer. Since Tonedeaf in particular is a rather new virus, there isn’t enough research information on it to tell you what the end goal of the people behind it is. However, it shouldn’t really matter anyway – this malware needs to be removed from your machine regardless of what it’s main task is. Therefore, remember to use the steps from our guide and maybe try out the removal software that we have attached to the guide in order to make your computer safe again and minimize the damage that the Trojan may do to it.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans may crash your system, make changes to your data, slow-down the machines, trigger errors and software failure, but they may also show no symptoms whatsoever.|
|Distribution Method||Many hackers are known for hiding their Trojans inside pirated installers of popular games and other programs.|
Tonedeaf Malware Removal
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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 Tonedeaf
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 Tonedeaf.
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 Tonedeaf , 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 – Tonedeaf
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 Tonedeaf 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.