How to Remove Backdoor.Shadowpad Virus | Updated


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

Backdoor.Shadowpad is a malicious Trojan horse. Next to ransomware, Trojans are among the worst types of computer infections. They exploit the targeted systems, making them pawns of their criminal scheme. Backdoor.Shadowpad works through background tasks. The insidious program exerts a high amount of CPU to conduct its scheduled operations. This will reflect on your machine’s performance speed and its operational capability. Your computer will become sluggish. It will need more time to complete your assigned tasks. When processing large data requests, the system may freeze and even crash. The more sophisticated operations may become impossible to carry out.

When your system starts exhibiting unusual behavior, you should do a search to look for the reason behind it. However, the symptoms listed earlier can be attributed to a momentary issue or a problem with the hard drive. A slump in your computer’s performance does not mean your have contracted a virus. To locate the process of Backdoor.Shadowpad, you have to open your Task Manager. Security researchers have found that the Trojan operates through a task called Backdoor.Win32.Shadowpad.a. The nefarious program is a threat to your personal security and other computer users. As the name of the infection suggests, Backdoor.Shadowpad opens a backdoor to the targeted system. This gives the virus the ability to exploit the device.

Like a classic Trojan, Backdoor.Shadowpad seeks to expand its diameter. The clandestine program builds a botnet to establish a connection between the infected computers. The number of connected devices is relevant for the effectiveness and the lifespan of the virus. Each of the infected machines serves two purposes. First and foremost, it helps keep the Trojan active. A lot of victims remove the infection from their system on a constant basis. By turning the infected devices into distributors, the malevolent program continues to function as it is intended to do. It is just as important to spread the Trojan as it is to keep it active on the machines it has already penetrated.

The main way for Backdoor.Shadowpad to monetize its activity is by collecting data on people. The covert program gathers various kinds of input, starting from statistical data to personally identifiable information (PII). It will record your browsing history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, IP address, area code, demographic details, email account, telephone number, fax, residency, user names, passwords, system specifications, and other sensitive input. The proprietors of the Trojan can use your details to penetrate your online financial accounts and withdraw your funds. Another option is to sell them on darknet markets. It should be noted that some countries condemn neglectful usage of computers and information sources. You can face legal issues for failing to take timely actions against the infection. This is yet another reason why your should have the virus removed as soon as possible.

There are several ways to distribute Backdoor.Shadowpad. The Trojan often travels in bundles with other software applications. The download clients include freeware, shareware, and pirated copies of paid programs. The host will include the sinister program as an additional tool. It will be listed in its terms and conditions and selected per default. To conceal its true nature, the developer can give it a fake name. To avoid letting malware into your system by accident, do your research on the software you intend to utilize. Read the end user license agreement (EULA) when conducting the install. It is best to avert unsolicited tools and peer-to-peer networks.

Spam emails are another common source for Backdoor.Shadowpad. The Trojan can hide behind an attachment. The sender will list the file as an essential document, like a recommended letter, a bill, a fine, a receipt, an invoice, a bank statement, or a subpoena. He will introduce himself as an official representative of a reputable entity and instruct you to get acquainted with the document for further information. Be advised that accessing an attachment which contains malware is enough to allow an infection into your machine. Before following any instructions, you need to confirm the reliability of the message by checking the contact details. The easiest way to contract an infection is by entering a corrupted website or clicking on a compromised link. This distribution technique is called a drive-by installation. You need to be selective of your web sources.

Backdoor.Shadowpad 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.


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


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


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


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

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

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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