Hey, there. I don’t know what is going on now? My computer kept telling me that a big threat was on my computer. But my security program did not tell me the name of the virus. What should I do now? I found that my computer worked so weirdly. I couldn’t browse well. I was redirecting to some unfamiliar websites. I realized that my computer must be infected by a kind of virus. I must find it out. I did a research online. Based on the symptom on my computer, I am sure that my computer had been infected by a Trojan virus with a name of Win32:Atraps-PZ[Trojan]. It is said that this virus can only be cleaned by manual removal. Can anyone help me remove this virus step by step? Thank you very much!
Win32:Atraps-PZ[Trojan] is classified to be the member of malicious Trojan family which is created by vicious cyber criminals with the purpose of hacking all kinds of Windows computer users around the world. This computer threat used to be installed (and reinstalled as necessary) by rootkits that include backdoor Trojan capabilities. You may be so confused why you don’t notice that your computer has been hacked by the virus. If you do the research about this Trojan, you may find that this virus exhibits no symptoms of its attacks other than alerts from appropriately-perceptive anti-malware programs. How can this virus get into your computer so secretly? This virus can get into your computer with being attached to the third application, so that you may not know about it unless you get the warning from the antivirus program. This infection used to infect your computer through downloading freeware, visiting suspicious websites or links, reading or responding spam emails as well as its attachments and installing unsafe programs on your computer.
Once Win32:Atraps-PZ[Trojan] gets installed on your computer, it may do lots of risky activities on your computer. Once installed, this virus may take control of your online activities immediately. It may records all on your online data and cookies. Otherwise, it may change your browser settings as well as your default homepage automatically. So, you may get redirected to other unsafe websites as soon as you start to browse. What’s more, this Trojan has been associated with multiple types of computer threats that may steal confidential information or install other types of malicious software. It may open a backdoor for other infections to get into your computer easily, such as other Trojans, adware, malware and spyware and so on. Lots of unwanted activities may be run automatically by this pesky infection. A large part of your computer CPU may be occupied by lots of unfamiliar stuff which is installed by the Trojan itself. Hence, your system performance will be degraded by a large extend. Therefore, you should always do a scan for your computer thoroughly with updated and competent antivirus software if you suspect that Win32:Atraps-PZ[Trojan] or its relevant computer threats are on your computer. It’s highly recommended that you should take immediate measure—manual removal to get rid of this virus completely and quickly.
1. Desktop background image and Browser homepage settings are changed. Google, Yahoo Searches are redirected.
2. It may slow down your computer considerably and you will feel like your computer is stuck. This includes opening programs, shutting down your computer, and slow Internet.
3. It is capable to corrupt your windows registry and uses it to deploy annoying pop up ads out of nowhere. You will get many unwanted pop-ups on your computer.
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 Win32:Atraps-PZ[Trojan], 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.
Win32:Atraps-PZ[Trojan] 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:
Win32:Atraps-PZ[Trojan] is a dangerous computer infection which may perform several actions when executed. This infection can spread in a variety of ways. It often arrives as an attached file to spam email messages pretending as worthy material from a reputable company. If you read the email, you get this virus into your computer. This virus also can dive into your system while you are installing unsafe programs or visiting suspicious websites (porn webs). Once installed, this Trojan may control your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) by altering search results and gaining online profit for its authors. As soon as you boot your computer, it may run itself and conduct lots of activities at your background. It may create files on different target locations on your computer so that you may not detect it easily with general antivirus programs. In a word, if you detect this infected or its related threats on your computer, you should remove it as early as you can. It is said that only manual removal way can get rid of this stubborn virus effectively and completely.
Published by & last updated on October 13, 2015 7:08 pm