Pirate Chick VPN virus removal guide
What is Pirate Chick VPN?
Pirate Chick VPN is a malicious application that pretends to be a a legitimate VPN service providing software. Pirate Chick VPN is free for anyone to download at its official website. However, developers also proliferate it by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". The purpose of Pirate Chick VPN is to inject system with additional malware.
As said before, Pirate Chick VPN is designed to download and install additional malware into the system. However, before doing so, Pirate Chick VPN runs a number of tests. Firstly, it checks the list of running processes and if it detects an process that may interfere, the malware download/installation is aborted. Next goes victim's location. Pirate Chick VPN connects to its website to check victim's IP address and determine the geolocation. If the IP address is located in Belarus, Ukraine, Russia or Kazakhstan, the malware will not be injected. Last goes environment test. Pirate Chick VPN checks the environment to detect if the operating system is running in a virtual machine (Virtual Box, Vmware or HyperV) and, if so, the malware download/installation will be aborted as well. Now it is known that in the past Pirate Chick VPN was used to distribute a high-risk data-stealing trojan called AZORult. The purpose of this trojan is to gather various account credentials and save them in a remote server. Therefore, its presence may lead to serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. At the time of research, however, the latest versions of Pirate Chick VPN's payload was Sysinternals Process Monitor. Nevertheless, there's a high credibility that this is a only temporary payload while cyber criminals are preparing another malware distribution campaign. These persons may spread ransomware, cryptocurrency miners or other high-risk trojans. It is very unlikely for them to spread less harmful applications (like adware or browser hijackers), when they can easily inject high-risk malware. To sum up, having Pirate Chick VPN installed on your computer might eventually lead to serious privacy issues, huge financial/data losses, computer performance decrease, and a variety of other issues.
|Name||Pirate Chick VPN malware|
|Threat Type||Trojan, malware dropper, malicious application.|
|Detection Names (PirateChick VPN-4.12.1.Setup.exe)||Avast (Win32:DangerousSig [Trj]), AVG (Win32:DangerousSig [Trj]), Emsisoft (MalCert.D (A)), Rising (Trojan.MalCert!1.B78D (CLASSIC)), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Malicious Process Name(s)||Pirate Chick VPN (the process name may vary)|
|Payload||AZORult trojan, Sysinternals Process Monitor (the payload varies on Pirate Chick VPN's variant)|
|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||Official download website, "bundling" method.|
|Damage||Additional malware infections, stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.|
To eliminate Pirate Chick VPN malware our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are many malicious applications that infiltrate computers and inject them with additional malware. However, unlike Pirate Chick VPN, malware-distributing apps like Hancitor, Emotet, JasperLoader, and similar do not have any user interface and it is virtually impossible to determine their presence without scanning the system with anti-virus/anti-spyware suites or searching for certain malicious files in system folders or entries in Windows Registry. In other words, trojan-type infections attempt to remain as silent as possible, to prevent their detection and to do as much harm as they can. Eliminating Pirate Chick VPN and other similar apps is paramount.
How did Pirate Chick VPN infiltrate my computer?
Pirate Chick VPN is free for anyone to download at its official website, since developers present it as a completely legitimate service which actually provides a free trial without the need to enter credit card details. Yet all this is a mere attempt to trick gullible users into installation. Pirate Chick VPN is also distributed as a bundle alongside with deceptive adware-type applications and fake Adobe Flash Player installers. "Bundling" is an undercover installation of third party programs alongside with the regular (often free) software. What developers do is hide bundled apps behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. The problem is that users often carelessly rush these procedures and skip most of the steps. Behavior of this type often results in inadvertent installations of rogue apps, such as Pirate Chick VPN. Users simply expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.
How to avoid installation of malware?
To prevent this situation users must be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Never download any applications that look suspicious. If you're downloading an unpopular/unknown software, be sure to do some research to verify its legitimacy. We also highly recommend to download apps only from official sources, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are typically monetized using the "bundling" method (developers promote PUAs). Hence, tools of this type should never be used. Potentially unwanted applications are also likely to be distributed using intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, etc.), which typically look completely appropriate. Such advertisements are usually delivered by rogue sites and various adware-type apps. Hence, if you encounter them frequently, them remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. 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.
Pirate Chick VPN offering a trial, which doesn't work:
Official Pirate Chick VPN's installation setup:
Pirate Chick VPN's entry in the list of installed applications:
Official Pirate Chick VPN's website:
Instant automatic removal of Pirate Chick VPN 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 Pirate Chick VPN malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Pirate Chick VPN?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Pirate Chick VPN 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.