Counter-Strike GO Virus

Also Known As: Counter-Strike GO malware
Type: Trojan
Damage level: Severe

What is Counter-Strike GO Virus?

The "Counter-Strike GO Virus" tool is also known as "Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack". This may seem a useful tool for CS:GO players and can be downloaded from unofficial websites or using torrents, free of charge. In fact, this is a fake program that does not provide any real value.

There are many tools of this type that distribute spyware and Trojans. This one is used to steal information.

Counter-Strike GO Virus malware

This tool supposedly allows users to choose from a variety of knives (knife skins) and add them to the Counter Strike: Global Offensive game account. 

Typically, to acquire these skins, users/players must earn them by playing in an online community and using official severs, opening specific containers (weapon and promotional) or trading them with other players using Steam Market or the Trade Up Contract feature. I.e., some sort of investment must be made to acquire them. This tool offers skins free of charge.

To achieve this, "Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack" users are asked to enter their Steam account names and passwords. Note that this tool steals these credentials and does not provide free CS:GO knife skins. If these credentials are stolen, some other accounts might also be stolen, since many people use an identical password for several different accounts.

This, having one account stolen might also lead to having several accounts stolen. We strongly recommend that you do not use these tools or enter any account details through them. Furthermore, many of these tools install malicious programs (Trojans, spyware, and so on).

Threat Summary:
Name Counter-Strike GO malware
Threat Type Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
Symptoms Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.
Damage Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.
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"Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack" is probably one of many tools used to "hack" the CS:GO game to acquire various assets free of charge. As mentioned above, third party tools of this type should not be trusted. Many deceptive (unofficial) websites are used for the same purpose. We advise you to avoid using any of them.

How did Counter-Strike GO Virus infiltrate my computer?

The "Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack" tool is promoted using deceptive websites or torrents that supposedly provide game cheats. None of these sources can be trusted. Many cyber criminals use these channels to steal data (including personal details), infect computers with malicious programs, and so on.

They present dubious files (software) as legitimate. Often these files install malicious software, cause computer infections, or install apps such as "Counter Strike Global Offensive knife hack", which are then used to steal credentials of various accounts and can lead to theft of details from several different accounts.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Download software using trustworthy sources such as official websites and direct links. Third party software downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and so on and other such tools should not be used. Update software using tools (or implemented functions) provided only by official software developers and not third party updaters.

Be careful with emails received from unknown or suspicious addresses, especially if they contain attachments or web links. They are often used to infect computers with malicious programs - we recommend that you do not open them. Have reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed.

These tools can detect possible threats and protect computers from infection. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

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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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus 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:

malicious process running on user's computer sample

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:

manual malware removal step 1 Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:

screenshot of autoruns application

manual malware removal step 2Restart 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.

Safe Mode with Networking

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.

Windows 8 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.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":


manual malware removal step 3Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.

extract autoruns.zip and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck the "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.

Click 'Options' at the top and uncheck 'Hide Empty Locations' and 'Hide Windows Entries' options

manual malware removal step 5Check 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".

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through the 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.

searching for malware file on your computer

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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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