If you suspect that your computer might have recently gotten infected by a dangerous malware program of the Trojan Horse category known as Trojan.html.phish.smal01, then this article is going to provide you with the necessary information that you may need in order to clean your computer from the potential infection and also to keep it safe in the future. However, before we get to the actual removal section where we explain to our readers how they can manually (or automatically) get rid of the malware program, we should first tell you a bit more about the nature of this sort of cyber threats.
Trojan.html.phish.smal01 and the Trojan Horse malware category
Trojan.html.phish.smal01 is one of many malicious programs that belong to the so-called Trojan Horse category of malware. You have probably already heard about this insidious family of software programs and there’s a good reason for that. The Trojan Horse infections are among the most widespread and the most dangerous virtual criminal tools that you can encounter and it is therefore crucial that you know how to keep your machine protected from them and also how to deal with any such noxious programs should one of them make it inside your machine. Here, we will mainly be focusing on the Trojan.html.phish.smal01 Trojan virus – a recently released and highly problematic piece of Trojan Horse malware. Since most representatives of this malware category tend to be highly versatile, we can’t tell you with hundred percent certainty what this infection may try to do to your computer. Some of the possible uses of such a virus are personal espionage, system damage and corruption of important data, distribution of additional threats like Spyware, Rootkits and Ransomware as well as allowing the hackers that use the virus to remotely access your system and manipulate its processes. Those are, of course, only some of the possible malicious uses.
Remove Trojan.html.phish.smal01 Virus
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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.
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 Trojan.html.phish.smal01 . 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.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the Trojan.html.phish.smal01 from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.
If the guide that we have posted on this page doesn’t seem to be enough when it comes down to removing Trojan.html.phish.smal01, we advise you to try out the suggested removal software that we have added to this page as it can automatically eliminate threats like Trojan.html.phish.smal01 as well as other malicious viruses. In general, the best course of action in case you have the Trojan.html.phish.smal01 Trojan on your computer would be to use both the manual instructions from the guide and the automatic removal program as this will give you the best results and the highest chances of successfully eliminating the malware piece.
Some more advice regarding Trojan Horse threats
Since Trojans are really sneaky threats that use all sorts of distribution techniques such as spam messages, misleading online offers and requests, pirated downloads and others to reach more users, it is essential that you never visit any online addresses that might compromise your system’s security. Also, due to the overall lack of specific symptoms that many Trojans are known for, it’s also a good idea to have your machine equipped with a reliable antivirus tool that could detect any potentially harmful data and processes and notify you about them so that you could, in turn, take the necessary measures to remove the potentially hazardous software behind them.
|Symptoms||Trojan.html.phish.smal01 is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|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.|
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.