How to uninstall ShadowTechRAT from a computer?

Also Known As: ShadowTechRAT remote access trojan
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

ShadowTechRAT virus removal guide

What is ShadowTechRAT?

ShadowTechRAT is the name of a Remote Access Trojan (RAT). Cyber criminals spread programs of this type with a purpose to remotely access and/or control infected computers. To be more precise, to infect systems with other high-risk malware, steal personal/confidential information, and so on. Typically, RATs are difficult to detect because they do not show up on lists of running programs/processes or they are disguised as regular, harmless programs.

ShadowTechRAT malware

ShadowTechRAT allows cyber criminals to access clipboard, download and execute files, manage processes, record keystrokes, enable webcam, and perform other actions. By being able to access victim's clipboard cyber criminals could steal any information that is saved on it. For example, details like logins, passwords, or other sensitive information. Also, ShadowTechRAT can be used to download and execute malicious files that are designed to install some other malicious software, e.g., ransomware. Ransomware is a type of software that encrypts victim's files. Typically, it is impossible to decrypt them without a tool (or tools) that only developers of a particular ransomware have. Simply said, victims of ransomware experience not only data loss but also lose money. Unfortunately, ransomware is not the only malicious software that cyber criminals behind ShadowTechRAT could install on the controlled operating system. Furthermore, ShadowTechRAT can be used as tool to record keystrokes. It means that cyber criminals could use it to record keyboard input (pressed keys) and steal banking information, credentials (logins, passwords) of various accounts, and so on. Accessed information could be misused to steal identities, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, and cause financial loss (and other problems) in other ways. By having access to computer's webcam cyber criminals could record videos and then use them to blackmail victims by threatening to spread them over the Internet, or blackmail victims in some other way. Moreover, ShadowTechRAT can be used to manage processes, it means that cyber criminals could start new processes or end running ones. For example, they could use the Task Manager to disable the installed (enabled) antivirus or other security suite.

Threat Summary:
Name ShadowTechRAT remote access trojan
Threat Type Remote Access Trojan
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.33012574), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Injector.Autoit.EZT), Kaspersky (Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Autit.nic), Full List (VirusTotal)
Malicious Process Name(s) bcxedsdfdg.exe
Payload This RAT could be used as tool to infect a system with a variety of malicious programs.
Symptoms Remote Access Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate the victim's computer and remain silent, and thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.
Distribution methods Software 'cracks' (unofficial activation tools), game cheating tools, infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, .
Damage Stolen passwords and banking information, identity theft, the victim's computer added to a botnet.
Removal

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AsyncRAT, Gh0st and BlackRemote are examples of other RATs. In most cases cyber criminals behind programs of this type attempt to generate as much revenue as possible by stealing personal, sensitive information, infecting systems with other malware, and so on. Typically, people who get tricked into installing RATs become victims of identity theft, experience data, monetary loss, problems related to privacy, and other serious issues. If there is a reason to believe that ShadowTechRAT or any other RAT is installed on the operating system, then it should be removed immediately.

How did ShadowTechRAT infiltrate my computer?

Research shows that ShadowTechRAT is distributed through various software 'cracking' tools. To be more precise, through tools that supposed to bypass activation of some licensed software or operating system. Also, ShadowTechRAT can be installed through some third party game cheating tools. Both 'cracking' and cheating tools usually can be downloaded through various Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, links that are included in descriptions of various cheating-related YouTube videos, and so on. It is worth mentioning that malicious programs can be distributed through spam campaigns, Trojans and fake updaters as well. Quite often cyber criminals send emails that contain malicious attachments and hope that someone will open/execute them. Usually they attach files such as Microsoft Office documents, archive files (like ZIP, RAR), executable files (like .exe), PDF documents and JavaScript files. Trojans are malicious programs that often are designed to install other malware. In other words, software of this type can be (and often is) designed to cause chain infections. Fake software updaters infect operating systems by exploiting vulnerabilities (bugs, flaws, etc.) of outdated software that is installed on them, or by installing malicious software instead of updates, fixes.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Software (and/or files) should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct download links, and not some other sources. If some installed software is not free (needs to be activated), then it must be activated properly: through implemented functions and/or tools that are provided by official developers. The same applies to installations of updates. Besides, it is not legal to activate any licensed software with various third party activation ('cracking') tools. Irrelevant emails that contain attachments and are received from unknown/suspicious addresses should not be trusted. To be more precise, files and/or website links in them should not be opened. One more way to keep the operating system safe is to regularly scan it with a reputable anti-spyware or antivirus software and always remove detected threats as soon as possible. Also, it is important to make sure that software of this type is 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.

ShadowTechRAT running in Task Manager as "bcxedsdfdg.exe":

ShadowTechRAT bcxedsdfdg.exe process in Task Manager

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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 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 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 1Download 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 "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 Spyhunter for Windows.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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