Over the past week my computer has been sluggish significantly. I opened task manager and saw that CPU usage has been up to 90% and sometimes it went to 100%. Memory usage has been taken over by multiple *32 processes which started with dllhost.exe *32. Anyway, I ran Norton 360 and it found Trojan.powerliks!gm on my computer and then fixed it. However, after rebooting my system, the virus comes right back. How do I fix the problem and make my system run faster as usual?
Trojan.powerliks!gm is a Trojan infection known to attack Windows computers including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or even Windows 8 (8.1). It can be detected by Norton antivirus. However, many victims are still having problem in successfully removing this Trojan since it always comes back after reboot even if Norton 360 reports it is cleaned last time. This virus infects your computer through vulnerability or security program exploits and it is able to make the computer system crash down. Once infected, it may create 30 or even more instances of dllhost.exe *32 – COM Surrogate processes in the background, making your CPU usage to 100%. Therefore, your operating system will become sluggish and your computer may keep crashing all the time.
Basically speaking, Trojan.powerliks!gm is commonly spread via email attachments and infected websites. If you have ever visited those hacked websites or open a spam email, you could be the target of this nasty virus. This Trojan contains the same capability like other Trojans that can download harmful malware infections from the web without your knowledge as well as trace your keystrokes. As a consequence, your logins, password, credit card details and other financial information could be leaked out. In addition, this virus could change your browser settings, so you will start seeing a proliferation of pop up adverts whenever you browse online and it takes much longer than usual for you to open a certain website. Sometimes you will be redirected to pages you don’t want. As this nasty virus can cause havoc around your computer and it needs to be removed as soon as possible.
Slow down your PC speed notably.
Add other dangerous Trojan or Spyware to your system secretly.
Allow the hacker to access your entire system.
Collect all your personal information and transfer to a remote hacker.
Destroy critical system files and make PC unstable.
From malicious drive-by-download scripts from corrupted porn and shareware / freeware websites.
Through spam email attachments, media downloads and social networks.
When clicking suspicious pop-ups or malicious links.
Open unknown email or download media files that contain the activation code of the virus.
Note: No matter how the virus accesses your PC, users should know that there are no tools can remove this pesky Trojan automatically at this moment, it is suggested users not spend much time in downloading or paying any security software which claims can delete this stubborn virus. It is totally useless. To completely get rid of Trojan.powerliks!gm virus, professional manual guide is needed.
Currently many computer users had the same experience that this virus couldn’t be removed by any anti-virus applications. So the manual approach is always required to combat this virus. And here is the step-by-step removal guide for all computer users.
1. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Trojan.powerliks!gm virus is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
2. 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.
3. 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 Windows key + R to open Run box. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
Then a Registry Editor window will pop up as the following picture shows:
b. Search malicious files and registry entries and then remove all of them:
Trojan.powerliks!gm is a high-risk virus that can break into target system and open a security loophole on the infected system to allow hacker getting control of the infected computer remotely. It is also a dangerous Trojan as it can monitor your web browsing habits and collect related information. This nasty Trojan is usually distributed with spam email messages, so you should never open an attachment from an unknown sender unless you are sure it is safe. Once it gets installed, it can bring you many other infections against your will. Even worse, it can disable security software from being deleted, modify system settings, display annoying pop-ups, slow down system performance, disconnect Internet connection and even cause annoying browser redirection to disturb you. It is highly recommended that you remove Trojan.powerliks!gm virus before it causes more damages to your system.
Note: If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from Yoocare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on November 17, 2014 2:24 am
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