Sakula virus removal guide
What is Sakula?
Sakula is a software that is categorized as remote access trojan (RAT). As a rule, programs of this type are used by cyber criminals. They use them with a purpose to control infected computers remotely and perform task that could help them to generate revenue in one or another way. Typically, victims are unaware that there is a program like Sakula RAT installed on their systems. RATs can be used to cause serious problems, for this reason they must be uninstalled as soon as possible.
It is known that cyber criminals who use Sakula target government, healthcare, technology and other sectors of this kind. One of the main features of Sakula that it can be used to download and execute malicious executables. Simply said, it can be used to infect computer with ransomware, trojan and so on. First example is a software that locks files stored on a computer and keeps them inaccessible unless a ransom is paid. Typically, programs of this type cause bot financial and data loss. Cyber criminals could use Sakula to send shell commands over HTTP. It means that cyber criminals could perform various tasks on an infected computer, for example, to launch/execute various applications that are installed on the operating system. It can also be used to create remote shells, programs that can execute shell commands as another user and on another computers that is connected to a network. This RAT can update the Command-and-Control (C2C) server that is used by cyber criminals to maintain communication with the infected system within a target network. It can also receive malware status and send it to the C2C server. Also, it can uninstall malware or put RAT to sleep mode so it could not be detected/would not run any process in the system. These are the main features and reasons why Sakula should be uninstalled immediately.
|Name||Sakula remote access trojan|
|Threat Type||Remote Access Trojan (RAT).|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Shyape-F [Trj]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Zusy.185979), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Shyape.G), Kaspersky (Trojan.Win32.Scar.okdf), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||If installed, RATs remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.|
|Distribution methods||Installers that are disguised as software which is needed for website functionality, infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.|
|Damage||Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.|
To eliminate Sakula remote access trojan our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
More examples of RATs are FlawedAmmyy, Orcus, NetSupport Manager and Rescoms. No matter who is the target, cyber criminals use programs of this type to generate as much revenue as possible. They steal credentials (logins, passwords) of various accounts, infect computers with high-risk malware, hijack webcams, microphones and so on. To sum up, people or companies who become victims of cyber criminals who use such programs usually experience a variety of serious problems.
How did Sakula infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware?
Avoid opening attachments or website links presented in irrelevant emails that are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Download all software using direct links and reliable, official websites. We do not recommend to use third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites and other channels/tools of this kind. Update installed software through tools (or implemented functions) that are designed by official software developers. If software is not free, it should be activated properly. It is not recommended (and not legal) to use various 'cracking' tools that supposed to bypass paid activations. Have a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware suite installed and periodically scan the computer with it. 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 Sakula remote access trojan:
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 Sakula remote access trojan. Download it by clicking the button below:
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.