Adylkuzz Virus Removal

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I wrote this article to help you remove Adylkuzz Virus. This Adylkuzz Virus removal guide works for all Windows versions.

Adylkuzz is a Trojan horse which uses the same exploit as the infamous WannaCry ransomware. The win-locker launched a massive cyber attack this past Friday, infecting over 200,000 computers all over the world. Security experts found out that it used a SMB vulnerability to gain entry into computers. It has been discovered that Adylkuzz uses the same vulnerability to execute its attacks. The Trojan gets installed with the help of EternalBlue and DoublePulsar. The initial examination hints that the attack spreading Adylkuzz may be larger in scale than that of WannaCry.

According to malware researchers, Adylkuzz has preceded WannaCry. The distribution campaigns for the Trojan have reportedly started sometime between April 24 and May 2. The infection algorithm is more sophisticated. Once Adylkuzz is transferred to a device, the SMB network is shut down. Experts have suggested that this may have contributed to the win-locker’s campaign getting terminated. The Trojan is distributed under the name TROJ_COINMINER.WN. It should be noted that you may not immediately realize that your system has been infected. Unlike other types of malware, Trojan horses do not make their presence clear. On the contrary, they put on an effort to hide from the victim’s eye.

Adylkuzz turns the targeted devices into botnets. The Trojan will use up your system’s resources in order to carry out its malicious agenda. The only sign for the presence of Adylkuzz on your machine will be the decline in its overall performance. Your computer will become slow. It will have difficulty completing regular tasks. Freezes and crashes will occur regularly and your system will often display error messages. These will be the only signs about the activity of the Trojan. Take measures as soon as you notice the unusual behavior. Be advised that the longer Adylkuzz resides in your computer, the more damage it will be able to inflict.

Going back to the topic of exploitation, a botnet is a device which allows a Trojan horse to launch remote attacks. Adylkuzz can use your device to break into computers located in different parts of the world. The insidious program has two goals on its malicious agenda. Its main purpose is to mine for Monero, a cryptocurrency. The Trojan will use your computer to illegally obtain Monero coins. The other task on the agenda of the virus is collecting information on people. The gathered data is used to hack their personal accounts and steal from them. Considering the scale of the attack, Adylkuzz may have been able to obtain data on millions of people. The users who have had their data extorted could face various issues in the future. The severity of the problems depends on the types of details they had stored into their computers.

The information Adylkuzz can record on people encompasses their browsing history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, logs, operating system and web browser specifications, IP address, geographic location, area code, email account, telephone number, home address, fax, full name, demographic profile, user names, passwords and financial credentials. The owners of the Trojan can use the gathered data to penetrate users’ online financial accounts and withdraw their funds. If there is sufficient information available, they can register fake accounts on behalf of actual persons. Identity theft is the most severe form of data theft. Of course, the hackers can sell the input on darknet markets. The cyber criminals who purchase it would be able to perform the same operations. If several hackers obtain a person’s private details, he could be faced with multiple attacks of different nature.

Depending on the laws in the country you reside in, you could be charged with neglect when your machine is identified as a participant in a botnet scheme. At the very least, there can be test trials to confirm that you are not involved in the attack yourself. Lest not forget that Adylkuzz can record data on you, as well. Since the Trojan is able to gain control over sophisticated system tasks, accessing information from the targeted device would be easy to do. In conclusion, we would like to issue a warning to the users who are reading this article to inform themselves and protect their system from Adylkuzz. If you have not run all available updates, you should do so right away. The fix MS17-010 which patches the SMB vulnerability would help your system block the virus from entering.

Adylkuzz Virus Uninstall

STEP-1 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Adylkuzz Virus from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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