Counter-Strike GO Virus removal guide
What is Counter-Strike GO Virus?
"Counter-Strike GO Virus" is a tool that is also know as "Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack". This might look like a useful tool for CS:GO players which can be downloaded from some unofficial websites or using torrents, for free. However, this is a fake program that does not provide its users with the expected outcome. There are many tools of this type that distribute spyware and Trojans. This one is used with a purpose to steal information.
This particular tool supposed to allow it users to choose from a variety of knives (knife skins) and add them to the Counter Strike: Global Offensive game account. Typically, in order to acquire these skins users/players must to earn them by playing in online community and official severs, opening particular containers (weapon and promotional) or to trade them with other players using Steam Market or using Trade Up Contract feature. One way or another, it must be some sort of investment done to get them. However, this tool offers to get these skins for free. In order to do so, "Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack" users are asked to enter Steam account's name and password. Note that this tool is designed to steal credentials, not to provide its users with free CS:GO knife skins. It is very likely that if these credentials will be stolen, then some other accounts might get stolen as well. That is because there are many users who use one identical password for several different accounts. In other words, having one account stolen might lead to having several account stolen. We strongly recommend not to use such tools/not to enter any account's credentials through them. Besides, there are many similar tools that install malicious programs (Trojans, spyware and so on).
It is possible that "Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack" is just one of the many tools that can be used as "hack" tools to get various stuff in CS:GO game for free. As we mentioned above, third party tools of this type should not be trusted. Besides, there are many deceptive (unofficial) websites that can be used for the same purpose as well. We advise to avoid using any of these.
How did Counter-Strike GO Virus infiltrate my computer?
It is very likely that "Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack" tool is promoted using either some deceptive websites or torrents that supposedly provide game cheats. None of these sources can be trusted. There are many cyber criminals who use these channels to cause their victims data loss, to steal personal details, infect computers with various malicious programs and so on. Simply said, they present unreliable files (software) as legitimate. Very often these either install some malicious software/cause computer infections or install apps such as "Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack" that are being used to steal credentials of various accounts and lead to having stolen details of several different accounts.
How to avoid installation of malware?
Download software using only trustworthy sources: official websites and direct links. Third party software downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule and so on and other similar tools should not be used. Update software using tools (or implemented functions) provided only by official software developers, not some third party updaters. Be careful with emails received from unknown or suspicious addresses, especially if they contain attachments or web links. They often are used to infect computers with various malicious programs, that is why we recommend to not to open them. It is very useful to have a reputable anti-spyware or ant-virus software installed as well. These tools often are capable of detecting all sorts of possible threats and protect computers from being infected. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Instant automatic removal of Counter-Strike GO 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 Counter-Strike GO malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Counter-Strike GO Virus?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task, usually it's better to let antivirus or anti-malware programs do it 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's an example of a suspicious program running on 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 Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application click "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 Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.
You should write down it full path and name. Note that some malware hides their process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage it's very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate he suspicious program you want to remove right click your mouse over it's name and choose "Delete"
After removing the malware through Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware won't 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 file of the malware be sure to remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should help remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills, it's recommended to leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it's better to avoid getting infected that try to remove malware afterwards. To keep your computer safe be sure to install 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.