Nov 22, 2014

How to Remove Trojan.Powelik Activity?

I have Win 7 32 bit OS with the Trojan.Powelik Activity. Norton 360 blocks this Trojan every 5 minutes but cannot remove it. I open up Task Manager and look at Processes to find there are a ton of dllhost.exe processes running using up a lot of memory but the worse thing is I cannot ‘end process’ because they keep reappearing. I have tried Avast, Malwarebytes etc, they didn’t help either. What should I do?  How do I get rid of this virus permanently?

Learn More About Trojan.Powelik Activity Virus:

Trojan.Powelik Activity is categorized as Trojan Horse that targets the computer worldwide and can run in the background to occupy CPU usage of the target machine. Nowadays, Trojan viruses keep updating and most of them don’t even show a clear sign when they sneak into a system. However, if you have been infected with this Trojan virus, your antivirus program like Norton 360 will block it in the first place. But even though the virus has been blocked, it doesn’t mean your PC is safe and virus free as this virus is still inside and cannot be removed or quarantined by any security tools. Apparently, it puts victims in a frustrating situation because Norton will block the virus every few minutes but it just didn’t delete it permanently. In addition, this virus takes up large system resources so that your computer will perform extremely slowly and it sometimes gets frozen up during website loading and program launching processes etc. With this Trojan inside, it can perform lots of harmful activities to interrupt your browsing activities and even violate your privacy.

Trojan.Powelik Activity is normally bundled with freeware or shareware programs. This is the most common method for cyber criminals to distribute Trojans and generate income. This virus is designed by cyber criminals to damage the computer and pilfer information from unwary users. It spreads through hazardous websites, spam email attachments and free downloads etc. As we all know, Trojan is able to open backdoor and allow unwanted threats or malware to get into the PC. Therefore, your sensitive information like your credit card details or log-in password can be stolen by hackers who have an intention to access your computer with the help of this Trojan. And those collected information also could be used for further marketing purpose by third party. In addition, when you shop online or search information on the web, there will be various pop-ups that come out of nowhere to bother you and interrupt what you are doing. Those ads will show you something attractive like coupon codes, special offers that help you save money. But don’t click any of these ads, or it helps download potentially unwanted programs in the background that will display more and more ads on your computer. Trojan.Powelik Activity virus is not easy to be removed by traditional security tools because it can add malicious files to the target system everywhere, therefore we suggest users get rid of it manually instead.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure how to delete this nasty Trojan, please live chat with YooCare experts now.

Major characteristics of this nasty Trojan include:

Trojan.Powelik Activity
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.

How Does Trojan.Powelik Activity Get On Your Computer?

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.Powelik Activity, professional manual guide is needed.

About Trojan Virus Removal:

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.Powelik Activity 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:

task manager

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.

Folder Options

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:

registry editor

b. Search malicious files and registry entries and then remove all of them:

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\[random]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Temp

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Trojan.Powelik Activity is a malicious Trojan that can install on a compromised PC without any knowledge and can bring various kinds of threats to the infected computer once it gets installed. After infected, you this virus will start running automatically in the background, eating up the system resources to slow down the PC performance. And you may have tons of pop up ads which deceive you to download free software, videos, games and harmful files everywhere on the machine. This Trojan can generate its own files and plant them into some other folders to mix them up. People who are computer illiterate cannot tell the difference so it will be complicated for users to get rid of it.

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 22, 2014 4:50 am

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