iTranslator virus removal guide
What is iTranslator?
iTranslator is a high-risk virus designed to diminish the browsing experience, redirect users to various information, and so on. Note that iTranslator is quite sophisticated malware as compared to others with similar behavior - the virus hides itself deep in the system and modifies a number of system settings in order to function properly.
There are hundreds of applications that cause unwanted redirects and gather information, however, unlike iTranslator, most are not sophisticated. These apps are usually categorized as adware and browser hijackers. Most seem legitimate, since they offer "useful features" that supposedly enhance the browsing experience and perform everyday tasks (e.g., convert data, test internet performance, access favorite websites, etc.), however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. Rather than providing the functions promised, these apps cause unwanted redirects (thereby promoting dubious websites, most of which are fake search engines), gather sensitive information, and deliver intrusive advertisements.
How did iTranslator infiltrate my computer?
It is currently unknown exactly how cyber criminals proliferate the iTranslator virus, however, installers are typically named "itransppa.exe", "itranslator20041_se.exe", "itranslator_02.exe", "itransVes.exe", or simply "Setup.exe" (the last is a good disguise, since most apps use this name for their installation tools). These viruses are often distributed using spam email campaigns, trojans, unofficial software download sources, and fake software updaters. Spam emails are often delivered with malicious attachments that, once opened, infect the system. Trojans cause chain infections - after system infiltration, these viruses download additional viruses. Third party download sources (free file hosting websites, freeware download websites, peer-to-peer [P2P] networks, and similar) present malicious executables as legitimate software. This tricks users into downloading and installing malware. Fake update tools infect computers in two ways: by exploiting outdated software bugs/flaws or simply downloading and installing malware rather than promised updates/fixes.
How to avoid installation of malware?
To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Never open links/files attached to emails received from suspicious/unrecognizable email addresses. These messages should be deleted without reading. Furthermore, download programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus these tools should not be used. The same rule applies to software updates. Keep all installed applications up-to-date, however, this should be achieved through implemented functions or tools provided by the official developer only. Having a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware tool installed and running is also paramount, since these suites commonly detect and eliminate malware before any damage is done. The key to computer safety is caution. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Main list of files created by iTranslator malware (* - files; ** - folders; *** - Windows Registry entries):
Screenshots of files and Windows Registry entries created by iTranslator virus:
Instant automatic removal of iTranslator malware:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of iTranslator malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is iTranslator?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of iTranslator malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Spyhunter for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:
If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example, using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart your computer into Safe Mode:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application, click the "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.
Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.
You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".
After removing the malware through Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Spyhunter for Windows.