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Dec 18, 2014

Remove Gen:Variant.Strictor Virus

Your personal or work computer is attacked by a virus called Gen:Variant.Strictor? How can it have the opportunity to enter your computer because you have an antivirus program on your computer? You do not know what types of things it can do on your computer? Is there a good way to get rid of it? Are your personal data safe? Don’t get panic. You can read the entire article to learn more about the characteristics of the virus.

Details of Gen:Variant.Strictor:

Gen:Variant.Strictor is a computer virus that can be detected by some well-known antivirus programs such as Norton and MSE. Because it is the creation of the Rootkit technology, it has the ability to bypass the removal of most antivirus programs and roots deep in the infected computer system. Usually, it is put by the virus makers into some porn web sites, “free” programs and spam email attachments.

Once Gen:Variant.Strictor is installed on your computer, it will cause a lot of computer problems. You may have noticed that the CPU occupancy rate is always very high, which reduces the computer performance seriously. You will also find that some other computer threats including worms, spyware and malware appear in the computer one by one. They are implanted by the Gen:Variant.Strictor virus. It also has the ability to destroy or encrypt your files. In addition, it is able to create a shortcut in the system backdoor for the virus makers to access to the infected computer and perform some malicious tasks including stealing your personal information. Your valuable information and data, such as bank account information and email password, will be recorded completely. Victims of this virus want to download an antivirus program to have the computer cleaned up, but most antivirus programs cannot handle it successfully as a lot of new viruses are created every day by cyber criminals and old viruses usually have the capacity to change. Antivirus programs are not a panacea. Of course, antivirus programs can still provide basic protection for your computer. However, when it comes to some stubborn viruses such as this Gen:Variant.Strictor, only manual removal can ensure a complete fix.

Processing manual removal is supposed to have a certain level of computer literacy. If you are not sure how to start and are afraid of making any critical mistakes damaging the computer system, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

What Can the Vicious Virus Do?

1. Gen:Variant.Strictor has the ability to download additional components and other infections in the target computer in order to fully complete its penetration.
2. It is able to cause system crash and destroy some of your programs in the infected computer.
3. It facilitates the virus makers to intrude your computer remotely without letting you know.
4. It is capable of collecting your browsing history and other private data.

Manual Removal Guide:

Gen:Variant.Strictor is an evil computer virus. It is a tool for cyber criminals to remote into the infected computer furtively. Antivirus programs can help computer users to know the presence of virus by sending a warning but cannot remove it. It also helps cyber criminals to gather valuable information, including your search records, account login information and confidential files. As a victim of the virus, you may want to use your antivirus program to clean the infected computer thoroughly. However, many computer users report that antivirus programs cannot remove all its infected files. Therefore, you should consider manual removal.

1. End Relevant Processes

(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab

Windows Task Manager

*For Win 8 Users:

Click More details when you see the Task Manager box

Win 8 Task Manager

And then click Details tab

Details Tab in Win 8 Task Manager

(2). Find out and end the processes of Gen:Variant.Strictor

2. Show Hidden Files

(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel

(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization

(3). Click on Folder Options

(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window

(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window

*For Win 8 Users:

Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options

View in Computer Window

Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

View Tab in Folder Options Window

3. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files

(1). Delete the registry entries of Gen:Variant.Strictor through Registry Editor

Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”

While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete the related registry entries

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\run\Random.exe

(2). Find out and remove the associated files

%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe

%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe

%Temp%\random.exe

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\random

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Gen:Variant.Strictor is a serious threat to your computer. Antivirus programs can detect the virus but cannot delete it. It enters the target computer through a variety of ways. If the computer user accesses a phishing web, opens a junk email attachment, downloads a corrupted program or clicks on a malicious link accidentally, the computer will get this infection. It is able to modify the system settings as well as registry keys so that it can run in the system secretly and safely. It also increases the burden of the infected computer system. What is more, it is able to facilitate the cyber criminals to collect confidential information stored in the infected computer. Your privacy may be used illegally. In order to avoid greater losses, we strongly recommend that you get rid of Gen:Variant.Strictor as soon as possible.

The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.

Published by & last updated on December 18, 2014 2:08 am

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