So I accidentally got Win32/patched.Ap virus by downloading a free mp3 file from a less reliable website. My Norton 360 can detect the virus but when I go to delete it, the process takes forever and the computer eventually screws up and I have to shut it down. I searched on the web and it said the virus should be removed manually. How do I do it?
Win32/patched.Ap is defined as Trojan Horse that targets worldwide computers and endangers your private information. It usually gets into your computer by downloading torrent files and free software from third party file sharing websites, open spam email attachments or visiting suspicious websites, especially the pornographic sites. Once inside, it weakens your firewall security and may disable your current anti-malware programs. Then you may notice your web browser is taken over by malicious websites and lots of unwanted ads and fake system alerts start to bombard you whenever you get online. Additionally, the virus can add its malicious codes and files to every corner of your system, also re-edits your registry so that your system performance is poor. Program window that you open may keep freezing all the time and CPU usage can jump to over 80% even though you have no application opened. It also takes much longer than before for you to start up the computer. Everything will be messed up because of this bad virus. It can execute as many evil activities as possible to harm your system and then benefit the cyber criminal. Therefore, it is necessary to get rid of Win32/patched.Ap virus from the system.
Win32/patched.Ap Virus will take use of system leaks to deliver other types of threats to the computer. The longer it stays in the computer, the more damages it will occur, for instance, blue screen of death, system crash down, unexpected browser redirection and other serious issues. Sometimes, it even corrupts program or system files to make some of your programs start to become invalid. In more severe situation, hackers can take advantage of your system exploits to scam you and get your cash. Many Trojans include keyloggers so that hackers can find out what you’ve been typing and they will be able to monitor your online activities and collect your confidential information, such as banking details or credit card information. YooCare Experts suggest users delete Win32/patched.Ap virus as soon as it is detected to avoid major damages.
1. It can compromise your system and may introduce additional infections like rogue software.
2. It forces you to visit websites and advertisements which are not trusted and may lead you to pay money wrongly for worthless products.
3. It takes up high resources and strikingly slows down your computer speed and even causes your computer stuck frequently.
4. It may allow cyber criminals to track your computer and steal your personal information.
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.
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 Win32/patched.Ap 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:
Win32/patched.Ap virus is commonly Trojan horse that can trigger system crashing problem and weakens system security once it is downloaded. It can be used to distribute potentially unwanted programs, adware, or other infections. The virus can alter your system settings without your approval, so you will find computer starts to working weird. It keeps generating popups and ads every time you try to open any websites, also PC gets stuck frequently and it takes a long time to respond every task you perform. It causes abnormal high consumption of system resources and degrades your system performance severely. This type of Trojan can steal your bank account and transfer money to third party which leading to financial loss or privacy invasion and you need to get rid of it immediately without a doubt.
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 October 18, 2015 12:53 am