Ap0calypse virus removal guide
What is Ap0calypse?
Ap0calypse is a Remote Administration Tool (RAT). Cyber criminals commonly attempt to trick users into installing this software so that they can remotely control computers and perform tasks to generate revenue. If you suspect that Ap0calypse or another RAT is installed on the operating system (and it was installed unintentionally), it should be removed immediately.
Cyber criminals often use RATs like Ap0calypse to infect computers with malicious software such as ransomware, Trojans, cryptocurrency miners or other high-risk malware. Ransomware usually encrypts files so that victims are unable to access them without having to purchase specific decryption tools or keys from the cyber criminals who designed the program. Trojans proliferate malware and steal various personal, sensitive information. This software can also lead to serious problems. Cryptocurrency miners are programs that use computer hardware/resources (CPU, GPU) to solve mathematical problems. I.e., to mine cryptocurrency. These programs cause high CPU (and other hardware) usage, hardware overheating, system crashes that can lead to data loss, and so on. Note that users who have this software installed on their computers receive higher electricity bills. Furthermore, a RAT such as Ap0calypse can be used to log keystrokes (record keys pressed on the keyboard). This feature allows cyber criminals to steal logins, passwords (and other credentials), credit card details, and other sensitive, personal information. Cyber criminals misuse recorded details to steal accounts and use them to make fraudulent purchases and transactions, trick other people into transferring money, installing malware on their computers, etc. Furthermore, Ap0calypse can be used to take screenshots, monitor computing activity, manage startup items, steal data saved on the clipboard, and so on. In any case, having software such as Ap0calypse installed on the operating system could be the reason behind serious problems. For example, victims might have their identities stolen, suffer data and monetary loss, have their computers infected with other malware, experience problems relating to privacy, and so on. Therefore, if Ap0calypse (or another RAT) is installed on the operating system, remove it immediately.
|Name||Ap0calypse remote access trojan|
|Threat Type||Remote Access Trojan|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Buzus-IV [Trj]), BitDefender (Generic.Malware.SP!V!.9D2E2C6B), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Lypserat.A), Kaspersky (Backdoor.Win32.Shiz.kour), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Malicious Process Name(s)||apocalyps32.exe|
|Symptoms||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||Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software 'cracks'.|
|Damage||Stolen passwords and banking information, identity theft, the victim's computer added to a botnet.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Some examples of other RATs are BlackRemote, Xtreme and Parallax. Note that not all of these tools are malicious. Many RATs are legitimate, however, many are used with malicious intent by cyber criminals who seek to use infected machines to generate revenue.
How did Ap0calypse infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware
All software and files should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. Other sources and tools should not be trusted or used. Do not open attachments or web links within irrelevant emails that are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. If you believe that an email is received from cyber criminals, leave the contents unopened. Installed software must be updated and activated with tools/functions that are provided by official software developers. Furthermore, it is illegal to activate licensed software with 'cracking' tools (unofficial activators). Keep operating systems safe by regularly scanning them for threats with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software and ensure that it is up to date. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Ap0calypse process running in Task Manager as "apocalyps32.exe":
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Ap0calypse?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Ap0calypse malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
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 Malwarebytes 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:
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 the 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 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".
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.
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 Malwarebytes for Windows.