Win32/ZAccess.EE is designed as a vicious Trojan infection that can break into the target computer by exploiting software vulnerability. Once downloaded, it will drop several malicious files and creates a couple of folders under Application Data folder, making users get confused about how to distinguish and find out from all the legal system files. It makes removal rather difficult. Moreover, there is no security tool can get rid of this Trojan completely at this moment.
If you want to remove this virus thoroughly, a skillful manual removal is needed. But firstly you should know about what can this virus do on the infected computer. Being as a harmful Trojan, Win32/ZAccess.EE slows down the affected PC and makes applications unresponsive. It may take over the compromised web browser and lead to annoying browser redirects to doubtful websites as well. What is worse? This malicious virus can open a backdoor that allows attackers to gain remote access and control over the targeted computer. Thus, your privacy like bank account, login numbers/ passwords will be exposed to a hacker. Therefore, it is suggested users to remove this malware manually as early as possible to keep the PC safe enough.
Win32/ZAccess.EE is a pesky virus that sneaks into targeted computers by exploiting system security leaks. Once it gains an access, it will apply an advance technique that aims to conceal itself and evades anti-virus detection. The virus can be installed by the following ways:
1) It can be downloaded via malicious drive-by-download scripts from corrupted porn and shareware / freeware websites.
2) It can be installed when you open the spam email attachments or click unknown link that contains malicious codes.
3) It can be installed from media downloads and social networks or executed by other threats on system.
1. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
2. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press the “Start” button and then choose the option “Run”. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\[random]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[TROJAN FILE NAME] = “%System%\[TROJAN FILE NAME] .exe”
Like other Trojans, Win32/ZAccess.EE also poses a huge risk to the infected computers. It downloads potentially harmful files, steals computer system data, and opens a back door on the infected machine. It needs and only can be removed manually so that it is completely kicked off from your computer. However, when users perform the manual guide above, it is suggested users to back up all the data first as manual removal is a risky job, any pivotal system files are removed, you cannot log in Windows at all.
Published by Sarah Poehler on August 6, 2012 | How to Guides