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What is Kovter – How To Remove Trojan Kovter Malware What is Kovter – How To Remove Trojan Kovter Malware
Trojan | 11/06/2017

What is Kovter – How To Remove Trojan Kovter Malware

Kovter is a malicious program that hides among registries of an operating system and then create advertisement banners on purpose to generate revenue for its developers

What is Kovter?

Kovter is a trojan horse that is employed to perform click-extortion operations on the PCs it has infected, and it is purely designed to make money for its creators. At the point when the new Kovter variant takes control of a PC then it gains the ability to establish itself into the registry of the computer and stay hidden from being recognized on the disk. It manages to evade the detection by playing registry tricks on the operating system. The threat is moreover memory inhabitant and works continuously with the registries to guarantee it is stacked into memory every time the infected computers starts up.

The Kovter malware was first seen somewhere in 2013, since then it is actively evolving. The threat started to influence and take control over computer market effectively in 2013 and 2014, and it started to create chaos among the cybersecurity agencies after being recognized because of its popular ransomware technique (Trojan.Ransomlock.AK) which bolts the victim's computer and shows a message charging a fine for unlawful action. Anyways, Kovter itself is known to perform click-extortion exercises.

 How does Kotver trojan attacks the computer?

The Kotver Trojan infection is distributed by several means. For example, the quickest and easiest way to get infected by a trojan would be through the infected websites or the malevolent websites. Such malicious web pages affect the operating systems using the exploit kits that can detect the vulnerability of the computer and install the trojans without the user’s consent.

Another approach used to distribute such malware would be through spam emails containing infected attachments or link to infected or target websites. The malware authors send such email using the names of popular manufacturer headers misleading users into trusting that it is a transportation organization like DHL or FedEx. The email discloses to you that they attempted to convey a bundle to you, yet fizzled for reasons unknown. In some cases, the messages claim to be notices of a shipment you have made. In any such case, the mail could relate to your previous order or would appear to be so misleading you to open the attachment or tap on a link inside the email. What's more, with that, your PC is now infected with a Trojan.

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Once your PC is infected with Kotver trojan your computer would run at a very high frequency and you would see multiple process like mshta.exe or powershell.exe running in the Task Manager
Once the kotver trojan has successfully invaded a computer the victim would at times see an alert saying “Windows PowerShell has stopped working”.

And to worsen the things, you would start witnessing a loop of advertisements banners as this trojan will start behaving as an adware after establishing itself into the computer and this would make the victim's computer irresponsive. At times a whole bunch of advertisements would lead to system crashes.

Now, the whole purpose of displaying such popup ads is to generate revenue by pay per click fraud this was the actual goal of Kotver trojan.

When your computer is infected with an adware, all your web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge may redirect you to fake security warnings or to sponsored advertisement banners. Although, an adware might not damage any files or Windows system, but it will certainly annoy you with the frequent notification or ad banner. As it is a malicious program and the longer it stays on a computer, the more it weakens the firewall of the computer making way for other malwares.

Tips to Prevent  Kotver trojan from Infecting Your System:

1. Enable your popup blocker: Pop-ups and ads in the websites are the most adoptable tactic used by cybercriminals or developers with the core intention to spread malicious programs. So, avoid clicking uncertain sites, software offers, pop-ups etc.

2. Keep your Windows Updated: To avoid such infections, we recommend that you should always keep your system updated through automatic windows update. By doing this you can keep your device free from virus. According to the survey, outdated/older versions of Windows operating system are an easy target.

3. Third-party installation: Try to avoid freeware download websites as they usually install bundled of software with any installer or stub file.

4. Regular Backup: Regular and periodical backup helps you to keep your data safe in case the system is infected by any kind of virus or any other infection. Thus always backup important files regularly on a cloud drive or an external hard drive.

5. Always have an Anti-Virus: Precaution is better than cure. We recommend that you install an antivirus like  McAfee or a good  Malware Removal Tool like Free Malware RemovalTool

6. Install a powerful ad- blocker for  ChromeMozilla, and IE.


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