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May 9, 2019

Is RAT Malware Dangerous? – How to Remove?

Do you know about RAT Malware? Is it harmful? What can it do on your system? How to prevent RAT Malware? What’s the best way to get rid of RAT Malware? You will get the answers in this article.

What is RAT Malware? – Is It Dangerous?

A Remote Access Trojan (RAT) is a type of tricky and dangerous malware that allows hackers to fully monitor and control your computer or network remotely. Once the malware is installed on your PC, it lets the remote hackers monitor your behavior through keyloggers or other spyware. They can collect keystrokes and files including bank information, passwords, sensitive photos and private conversations. It is horrible to know that a creepy hacker can monitor everything you do online. When the hackers collect information, they are able to open documents, download software, and even move the cursor around your screen in real time. The Back Orifice rootkit is a classic example of RAT malware. Its owners are known as Cult of the Dead Cow who exposed expose the security deficiencies of Microsoft’s Windows operating systems by using the dangerous malware.

What’s worse, they can format your drives. For some purposes, they delete, download and alter regular as well as system files without knowledge. They can drop more dangerous malware and viruses on your system. The RAT malware can activate your system’s webcam and record a video to take a furtive glance at your life. The hackers may store the videos and use them to swindle money out of victims. They can take screenshots for some purposes. When they are about to scam money, they install ransomware to block your device. They may pretend to be the FBI or cyber police, showing the video or screenshot to lie that they are government agency and can monitor them for illegal activities like watching porn or downloading copyrighted folders.
RAT malware is dangerous because it can stay on your system for years without being detected. Hackers can embed a RAT to an attachment in an email, or within a sharing software package, like a video game or media player. The malware package also can hide inside a popup ad or on nefarious webpages. The malware can sneak into your system secretly. It performs tasks in the way just like how the legitimate programs run. It’s difficult to find out suspicious running because the malware does not show up in lists of running programs or tasks.

This malware does not slow down your computer obviously. The hackers manage the level of resource use to control the performance drop. You barely can notice the slowdown. To avoid being detected, the hackers don’t always conduct activities on your computer. Unlike ransomware, it does not restrict your activities or display alert to cause your attention. In this way, users’ PC may be infected with RAT malware for a long time while they did not notice any wrong at all. That is a huge threat. The hackers always have complete and anonymous control over your PC and collect your sensitive information while you know nothing about it, let alone get rid of it.

How to Avoid RAT Malware?

RAT malware is dangerous. Luckily, you can avoid it. To prevent malware, be careful with links you open, websites you visit and software you download. Malware can hide in link and attachment in an email. When you click the link or open attachment, the malware can be installed immediately. When you visit suspicious websites, you can bring in malware. The hackers would like to hide malware on pornographic websites, and they can install malicious plugin or corrupt your system applications quietly when you watch videos or download pictures on those websites. P2P file-sharing is convenient and popular. However, criminals love to bundle malware with sharing files. When you download the files, the malware come along. Last but not least, install comprehensive security software on all your devices. As the malware is changing all the time, you need to update the security software regularly.

Manual Removal Guide:

This malicious Trojan virus can install itself into the computer system without your consent and awareness. It makes your computer work slowly and implants other nasty infections into the computer. To make things worse, this Trojan is a tool for the cyber criminals to invade the infected computer to steal your information. It is recommended to remove it as quickly as possible. Users can follow the manual guide here to have it removed instantly.

1. End Relevant Processes

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

*For Win 8 Users:

Click More details when you see the Task Manager box

And then click Details tab

(2). Find out and end the processes of Malware: RAT Malware

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

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

3. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files

(1). Delete the registry entries of Malware: RAT Malware 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’

(2). Find out and remove the associated files

%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe

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

%Temp%\random.exe

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Conclusion

RAT malware is harmful and can perform various malicious activities on your system without knowledge. If your system is compromised, your confidential information including credit card detail, phone number, email account and social media accounts etc. are at considerable risk. If you found any trace of the RAT malware on your PC, you can use advanced anti-virus software to remove it. Besides, you can locate and remove the malware manually if you are good at computer. You also can contact a computer expert for professional help. As not all security programs can detect and remove RAT malware, you need to pick the right product. Kaspersky Lab, Norton, McAfee, Panda Security and MacKeeper etc. are recommended due to their high detecting rate and advanced malware protection.You also can remove the virus manually or contact expert for help. Remove RAT Malware virus before it messes up your PC.

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 Andrew Gonzalez & last updated on May 9, 2019 3:08 am

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