Hi there. Earlier today I ran a full scan using Microsoft Essentials Security, and after several hours it discovered Trojan:JS/HideLink.A on my PC. I tried to get rid of it but the virus keeps coming back. I downloaded AVG and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware but they didn’t help either. The virus seems to hijack my web browser and I am constantly redirected to some commercial websites. I don’t have my windows CD so re-installing the OS is not a good choice. Any ideas? Is there any other way I can get rid of the virus without losing my pictures and documents?
Trojan:JS/HideLink.A is a malicious program that creates security breaches in your operating system allowing hackers to access your computer and steal your personal information. This virus is categorized as Trojan Horse that can be used to open backdoor and fetch other malware to system. Generally speaking, the virus can be downloaded when you click on any specific links or pop-up ads on malicious websites, open attachment from spam emails. Also, removable device, porn site are the very common ways to distribute the virus effectively too. Upon execution, the virus drops its malicious file components with random file names to every corner of your system, so it will be very difficult for anti-malware program to delete all its components from the system. The virus can keep coming back after removal and it is suggested users remove Trojan:JS/HideLink.A manually, or your data and other confidential information may be secretly obtained by hackers remotely.
Trojan:JS/HideLink.A Virus is known to download potentially unwanted program (also called PUP), browser hijacker and other high-risk malware to the computer. It could hijack your home page and search engine, redirect you to irrelevant websites and generates various ads to annoy you. Once infected, you will notice that the computer performance has been degraded greatly. The virus creates tons of junk files in the background, thus they take up a plenty of computer resources and CPU memories, causing slow performance, frequent stuck and computer freeze problem all the time. You may not be able to open certain programs because you keep getting error messages like “Not responding” or “Stop working”. Additionally, the virus can open a doorway on infected computer to allow remote attacker to gain full access and steal sensitive information that are stored on the PC. So your computer system will be at risk of being ruined and your personal information like log in password or credit card details stored on the computer could be leaked out. It is urgent to remove Trojan:JS/HideLink.A virus because it can keep corrupting and damaging computer until your machine becomes useless. The longer it stays on your computer, the more damages it can bring to you. Don’t hesitate to take it off your system once upon detection.
1. This virus slows down your computer speed which make you in a trouble while opening program and surfing Internet. It takes forever to open a program or website.
2. Antivirus you have installed keeps popping up messages while you are surfing on the internet and showing you computer is at risk but you can’t get rid of it all.
3. This virus will shut down your other anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. And it will also infect and corrupt your registry, leaving your computer totally unsafe.
4. This virus will disable the proper running of many different programs or even disable some functions of your computer.
5. System restore can’t help to remove this Trojan completely.
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:JS/HideLink.A 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:JS/HideLink.A 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:JS/HideLink.A virus is categorized as a Trojan virus that infiltrates into the compromised PC system without a user’s knowledge and permission. Once running, it takes use of system loopholes and vulnerabilities to drop harmful codes in the computer which can be adware, spyware and malware. The virus is responsible for making chaos on your computer system and stealing your information. It reduces PC performance and may cause other unexpected problems like blue screen of death, system crash and program malfunction. As similar as other Trojans, this virus relies on drive-by downloads or installs via online games or internet-driven applications in order to reach target computers. It runs high risks for the compromised system and even its network environment as it keeps performing a variety of activities which will harm your computer. Therefore, it is necessary to remove Trojan:JS/HideLink.A virus from the computer.
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 4, 2015 3:16 am