FinFisher “Virus” Removal

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

FinFisher, alternatively known as FinSpy, is a Trojan horse. The malevolent program has been created to monitor people’s activity and collect information on them. The gathered input is used for malicious purposes. The owners of the Trojan can use your data to break into your private accounts or sell it on dark markets. FinFisher records the information the web browser stores per default and the details the users disclose through their activity on the Internet. The clandestine program performs its tasks on the background which allows it to go undetected for a while.

What security problems can FinFisher cause?

The Trojan exposes people to different types of threats. The most common risk is having your private details leak. FinFisher can record the information you enter into your web browser. This includes the surfing history, search terms, online purchases, user names, passwords, security codes and others. By accessing your keystrokes, the nefarious program provides sufficient data for penetrating your online accounts. The people behind FinFisher or the third parties who buy your details from them can log in with your credentials and use your accounts as they see fit. They can obtain more details on you, like your physical address, telephone number, email, fax, ID registration number, electronic signature and other sensitive input.

The aftermath of having your activity spied on depends on the types of accounts you possess. The risk level would be higher, if you use banking, credit card and other payment platforms online. Apart from withdrawing your funds, the hackers can use your details to create fake accounts on your behalf. You may not be informed about the activity of the cyber thieves, until you receive a notice or another type of document regarding an account or a transaction. Proving that the operations were performed by the criminals behind FinFisher or third parties who have acquired your data from them would take a lot of time and effort. In the worst case scenario, you can face legal issues.

FinFisher is known to target WiFi and hidden networks. The Trojan can gain access to WiFi networks using WPA encryption. The insidious program allows hackers to identify hidden networks, making all your means of connection possible to penetrate. Even if you have not disclosed personal information online, there are other privacy breaches you can be faced with. FinFisher gives access to the user’s IP address and geographic location. The hackers can track your exact whereabouts. They can also spy on your email and social accounts, viewing all your conversations.

How does FinFisher get access to computers?

Users can allow FinFisher into their system without being aware of it. The Trojan takes advantage of people’s inexperience and distraction. The furtive program is spread through a couple of propagation vectors. The preferred distribution method is drive-by installations. FinFisher hides behind corrupted websites and compromised links. The download and install of the contained program is initiated upon entering the host domain. You need to be careful about your sources. Do your research on unfamiliar websites before accessing them. This goes for visiting a domain directly and following a link to it.

The other distribution vector FinFisher utilizes is spam emails. The Trojan travels with attachments to fake letters, stating to contain important information. The spammer can write on behalf of an existing company or entity, like the national post, the local police department, a government branch, a courier firm or an e-commerce platform. To check whether or not a given message is legit, proof the sender’s contacts. They should match the coordinates of the organization he claims to be representing.

FinFisher 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 FinFisher 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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