The Zekos trojan als known as Trojan.Patched.Zekos is responsible for problems like (audio ads playing in background). The Zekos trojan will modify (infect) rpcss.dll and svchost.exe. Once the Zekos malware is installed it will connect to a command and control server, and can also monitor your internet activity. The most antivirus vendors will detect Zekos using their heuristic engine of behaviour blocker, but the zero-day variants are often difficult to detect and especially when security products only use virus signatures to detect malware.
When your computer is infected with the Zekos malware a cybercriminal is able to perform harmful tasks on your computer without your knowledge, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects Zekos as Trojan.Patched.Zekos and many other vendors are using the same detection name for this trojan horse. To remove the Zekos trojan from your computer use the Zekos malware infection (Removal Guide) below, all malware removal programs we recommend are completely free to use.
Zekos malware infection (Removal Guide)
All tools used in our Zekos malware infection (Removal Guide) are completely free to use and should remove any trace of malware from your computer.
Please be aware that removing Malware is not so simple, and we strongly recommend to backup your personal files and folders before you start the malware removal process.
- Step 1 – Perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to remove Zekos.
- Step 2 – Run HitmanPro to remove the remants of Zekos en desinfect modified files.
- Step 3 – Use RogueKiller to double check the presence of the Zekos trojan.
- Step 4 – Protect your PC with Bitdefender
1. Remove Zekos with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (from this link) to your desktop.
- Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
- At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
- Then click Finish.
- If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
- Once the program has loaded, select Perform full scan, then click Scan.
- When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
- Be sure that everything is Checked (ticked) except items in the C:\System Volume Information folder and click on Remove Selected.
- You can use the right mousbutton to check the ‘Check all items‘ option before you click on Remove Selected
- If you accidently close it, the log file is saved here and will be named like this: C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware\Logs\mbam-log-date (time).txt
- Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts.
- Click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process.
- If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
- After the restart in Normal mode, start Malwarebytes Anti-Malware again and perform a Quick scan to verify that there are no remaining threats.
2. Run a scan with HitmanPro to remove remnants of Zekos
- Double click on HitmanPro to start the program, if you are experiencing problems while trying to start HitmanPro, you can use the Force Breach mode.
- To start HitmanPro in Force Breach mode, hold down the left CTRL-key when you double click on HitmanPro and all non-essential processes will be terminated, including the malware processes.
- HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
- The program will start to scan the computer. The scan will typically take no more than 2-3 minutes.
- Click on the next button and choose the option activate free license
- Click on the next button and the infections where will be deleted.
- Click on the next button and restart the computer.
3. Run a scan with Roguekiller
- Download Roguekiller from one of the links below to your dekstop.
- Double click on RogueKiller.exe to start this malware removal utility it will start automatically the prescan, this should take only a few seconds to complete.
- After the prescan is finished click on the Start button to perform a full system scan.
- When the scan has completed, you can press the Delete button to remove the detected items and registry keys they found by Roguekiller
- If RogueKiller detects malicious Registry entries, you can delete them by clicking the Registry tab and clicking the Delete button. Please check each registry entry before deleting it.
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