I wrote this article to help you remove Cat.exe. This Cat.exe removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Cat.exe sounds like the name of an application for people who own felines or at least like them. In reality, the tool is not a game involving cats or a helper for people who have a furry friend of this species. Cat.exe is a Trojan horse. It just makes sense that the developers of the malicious program have chosen a name which sounds, shall we say, harmless. Computer Trojans have been given this name because of the strategy they employ. These infections pretend to be reliable. They can present themselves as useful tools and pose as system components. In the latter case, the developers select a name which appears legitimate. For example, it can resemble the name of an actual system process. Another strategy is to describe the virus as a functional utility, like a converter, a reader or a player. This Trojan has been given a name which does not seem like the title of an important program.
Cat.exe is a background process. You can find it listed in your Task Manager. This is the best way to identify the threat. The initial symptoms for the presence of the Trojan are a slump in the computer’s performance speed, delays, unresponsiveness, system freezes and crashes. When you notice unusual behavior in the way your device functions, do not postpone checking for a problem. The longer the nefarious program remains on your system, the more damage it will be able to inflict. Trojan horses exploit the targeted machines. The hackers behind Cat.exe can use your computer to conduct cyber crimes. This can have ramifications for you as the proprietor of the device. You may be required to prove that you are not the person responsible for the criminal schemes.
The main task on the agenda of Cat.exe is to conduct remote attacks on devices all over the world. Using your computer, the insidious program can break into other machines and steal the important information stored in them. The Trojan can access financial information and steal login credentials. These details can be used to withdraw funds from credit and debit accounts. The creators of Cat.exe may not be the only ones to use the gathered input. They can sell your private information to other cyber criminals. There are markets on the darkweb which have been made for the purpose of illegal data trading. A device which has been turned into a weapon for conducting remote cyber attacks is referred to as a botnet. This is the most severe exploit your computer can be used for.
Your computer can also serve Cat.exe as an information source. The owners of the sinister program have interest in your private details, as well. They can record input about you and your system, like your surfing history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, browser type and version, system type and build, geographic location, IP address, email accounts, telephone number, area code, physical registration, user names, passwords and financial credentials. The hackers can use the gathered data to penetrate your accounts and steal from them.
There are several ways to contact Cat.exe. The main propagation vector for the Trojan is spam email campaigns. The furtive program hides behind attachments, listed as different kinds of documents. In many cases, spammers misrepresent legitimate organizations and send fake messages on their behalf. The attached document can be presented as a recommended letter, an invoice, a receipt, a bill, a fine, etc. To tell whether a given email is genuine, look up the sender’s contacts. You can visit the official website of the entity the message is stated to be from. Go to the contacts page for reference.
Software bundles are another common host for Cat.exe. The Trojan executable can be merged with freeware, shareware and pirated applications. The secluded program will be offered as a bonus tool. When adding a new utility to your system, you should take the time to read its terms and conditions. Any additional programs should be deselected. They could be malware in disguise. You need to be cautious when browsing the web, since corrupted websites and compromised links can also transfer Cat.exe to your system. This process, known as a drive-by installation, is the most facilitated. All it takes for the infection to enter your computer is a single click.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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 Cat.exe from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.