Gh0st virus removal guide
What is Gh0st?
Gh0st is a remote access/administration tool (RAT) which is designed to control infected Windows computers remotely. Gh0st gets installed on computers through other malware that opens a backdoor for it which results in allowing cyber criminals to control infected computers. Typically, RATs can be used for various purposes, either way, most of them can cause victims serious problems related to privacy, finances, and other issues.
As a rule, RATs can be used to access victim's microphone, webcam, log keystrokes. Some variants of Gh0st can be used to install cryptocurrency miners or/and various trojan-type programs. Keystroke logging is a feature that helps cyber criminals to log keystrokes, in other words, to record keys pressed with a keyboard. By using it cyber criminals can steal various credentials like logins and passwords of various accounts. They could get access to banking or email accounts, Facebook, Telegram and so on. Stolen accounts may be used to make fraudulent transactions, purchases, extract money from other people, send scam/spam campaigns, etc. Furthermore, Gh0st could be used to install a cryptocurrency miner on infected systems and use computer's hardware to mine one or another cryptocurrency (solve mathematical problems). Typically, programs of this type cause high CPU and/or GPU usage which leads to higher electricity usage and decreased computer performance. People who have cryptocurrency miners installed on their computers get higher electricity bills, experience unexpected shutdowns, hardware overheat and other issues. Cyber criminals can use Gh0st to infect computers with various Trojans as well. Examples of trojan-type programs are Nymeria, Retefe, Vigorf and so on. They may be designed to distribute other malware like information stealers, ransomware and other, high-risk viruses. To avoid any of the potential damage that can be caused using Gh0st we recommend to uninstall it as soon as possible.
|Name||Gh0st remote access trojan|
|Threat Type||Remote Acess Trojan|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Farfli-CF [Cryp]), BitDefender (Backdoor.Zegost.BC), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Farfli.ARD), Kaspersky (Backdoor.Win32.Farfli.alus), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Payload||This RAT can be used to install cryptocurrency miner, Trojan or other malware.|
|Symptoms||Remote access 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||Installation of additional malware, stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, .|
To eliminate Gh0st remote access trojan our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are many various RATs out there, some examples are Quasar, CyberGate and Sakula. As a rule, cyber criminals seek to infect systems with programs of this type so they could control victim's computer remotely and perform various actions that may help them to generate revenue in one or another way. Either way, if there is any reason to believe that a computer is infected with RAT, then it should be removed immediately.
How did Gh0st infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware?
Files that are attached to irrelevant emails should not be opened. Typically, these emails are sent from unknown addresses and disguised as important, official and so on. Installed programs must be updated using tools or functions that are designed by official developers. If activation of installed software is not free, then it should be done properly as well. In other words, various 'cracking' tools should not be used, they often are used to proliferate malware. Besides, it is not legal to activate licensed programs with them. Furthermore, all programs and files should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. Other channels often contain malicious files and often are used to distribute malicious software. One more way to decrease a risk of having a system infected with malicious software is to regularly scan it with a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware suite, software of this type should be always up-to-date. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Gh0st RAT administration panel:
Instant automatic removal of Gh0st 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 Gh0st 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.