I wrote this article to help you remove W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw. This W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw removal guide works for all Windows versions.
W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw is a Trojan horse. The nefarious program has been filed under the Word macro Trojan umbrella. It is a member of the Equine Generic33 family of Trojans. The infection takes control over the targeted system and makes use of its resources to perform malicious operations. The agenda of W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw includes different tasks which pose a threat for your machine and your personal security. You should take immediate actions on the removal of the sinister program upon detecting its presence.
How do the processes of W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw pose a security threat?
The Trojan accesses the system’s internal settings. It can make changes to them. This mostly concerns the security processes. The clandestine program can turn off the Windows firewall. This will increase the computer’s vulnerability to malware attacks. W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw not only opens a back door for viruses, but it participates in the process of installing infections. The malevolent program can assist the download and install of ransomware to the targeted computer. Ransomware is considered to be the worst kind of cyber infection. Upon penetration, it encrypts most of the files on the hard drive and demands a ransom to decrypt them.
Some of the processes W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw carries out are noticeable, while others occur on the background. Browser redirects are a common occurrence which is sure to be noticed. You can be redirected at any point. The websites the Trojan takes you to could be infused with malware. It is best to limit your Internet usage until you are able to remove W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw. To conduct its malicious tasks, the Trojan requires a lot of CPU. The load on your computer could have an effect on its performance speed. It may take you a while to notice this.
The activities you will not take notice of are the most dangerous. The insidious program tampers with the internal settings and the registries to make the machine easier to manipulate. This is not evidenced by the system’s behavior. Perhaps the most shady activity the Trojan conducts is to gather information from the web browser. The malignant program is set to monitor your browsing sessions. It can record personal and financial data, including your IP address, geographic location, zip code, email, telephone number, fax, physical address, date of birth, user names and passwords. The gathered information can be used to hack your online accounts.
How is W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw spread to computers?
W97m/DOWNLOADER.aiw is distributed through spam emails. The Trojan travels with an attached file. The containing attachment can be a MS Office document, a .pdf, a scanned image, a compressed archive or a zip folder. The sender will tell you that the file is an important document and urge you to tend to it right away. Be advised that accessing the host file is enough to open the door for the Trojan. The people behind the spam campaigns use .dll files, macros, .js scripts and other system components to automatize the installation. Before following instructions from an electronic message, make sure it comes from a reliable sender. Check his name, the email account he has used to contact you and other details he has provided in the letter. The information should match the coordinates of the company or entity he claims to be representing. Go to its official website for reference.
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.
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