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

Fireball is the name of a Trojan horse. The clandestine program attacks computers and turns them into pawns. Not only will your machine be affected, but it will be used to penetrate other devices. Fireball will access your system in depth. It will render your internal settings. The Trojan aims to bring down the system’s security. This enables it to install malicious software to the targeted computer and exploit its resources. The people behind Fireball are cyber criminals. They make a living by stealing people’s personal information. The Trojan will use your PC to conduct remote attacks on devices from all over the world. Your own data will be targeted, as well.

Fireball belongs to the category of remote access tools (RATs). The developers of the virus extort the resources of the targeted computer. They conduct multiple background tasks. The operation of running remote attacks is complicated. A lot of processes are involved. As a result, the infected device runs low on operational memory. This will lead to a slump in your machine’s performance. The symptoms for the presence of Fireball are mainly associated to the overall speed and efficiency of the compromised device. Your computer will become sluggish. It will often freeze and crash. The tasks which require a large amount of CPU and RAM memory will be impossible to complete. You can check your Task Manager to locate the malicious processes of the Trojan.

Fireball seethes through computers in search of information. It will collect input from your machine and the external devices it manages to break into. The vulnerable data starts from browsing history, system type and version, web browser type and build. Having statistical details like these recorded is not that big of an issue. The information you should be worried about leaking is your full name, ID number, geographic location, physical registration, telephone number, email account, IP address and login credentials. The Trojan has the ability to access keystrokes and tracking cookies. The cyber thieves can obtain the personal information you have made available through your online activity.

Using the gathered data, the developers of Fireball can hack your accounts. The aftermath depends on the types of input you store online. If you use web-based financial services, the crooks can withdraw your funds. They can register fake accounts under your name. Again, this would be a severe issue if you have disclosed personally identifiable information (PII). The hackers can take loans and make purchases which you will be changed for. You will be required to prove that you have not made these agreements yourself. The same goes for the attacks. The concept of linking multiple computers and launching attacks on remote devices is called a botnet. The authorities in your country will investigate the scheme. When the trail leads them to your computer, they may confiscate it until they are able to determine whether you are the perpetrator. Note that some countries have accepted laws under which people are fined for neglectful use of their personal computers.

A couple of dark patterns are used to spread Fireball. You need to be cautious when surfing the web. The predominant propagation vector is bundling. The Trojan can travel with freeware, shareware and pirated copies of paid utilities. The common point between the different types of download clients is that they lack a protected license. This allows hackers to exploit them. Fireball will be included in the terms and conditions of the host as a bonus tool. You will have to manually deselect it. If you skip through the separate steps in haste, you will unknowingly give the Trojan access to your machine.

The other distribution technique in use is spam emails. Fireball can hitch a ride with a file. The host will be listed as an important document, like a recommended letter, an invoice, a receipt, a notice, a bill, a fine, a subpoena or something else. Spammers often write on behalf of legitimate entities to make their messages seem genuine. To proof the reliability of a given notification, check the email address the person has used to contact you. If he is a representative of the organization is question, he would have used an official account. You can visit the website of the corresponding entity and consult the contacts page for reference.

Fireball Virus Removal

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 Fireball 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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