Troj_Ransomnote.sm Removal

Welcome to our Troj_Ransomnote.sm removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Troj_Ransomnote.sm from your system and is designed to work for all Windows versions.

Is your computer infected by a virus named Troj_Ransomnote.sm? Then, here you will find out what actions you need to take. Usually, this type of viruses may be referred to as “Trojan viruses”, “Trojan horse viruses,” or just the plain “Trojans”. No matter how people call them, they all mean the same thing and will definitely do no good to your PC if you have them. But what is happening? How did Troj_Ransomnote.sm get inside your PC in the first place? And what can you do to stop such Trojans from getting in? We have prepared this article to give you the answers to all these questions and help you stay safe from such threats in future. In the guide below you will find a proven description on how to manually remove Troj_Ransomnote.sm from your PC and prevent such malware from infecting you again. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to avoiding the internet treats. If you are concerned about your safety, keep reading.

Trojans are lurking from the most unexpected places

Trojans can infect you in ways and places where you might not even expect. They use the so-called “social engineering” tactics that trick people into installing them. To do so, they usually mask themselves as harmless files or applications such as emails, attachments, free files or software, downloads, torrents, links, ads and more. The camouflaging list is literally unlimited, and there is a great chance you happen to interact with such files daily. This is actually the reason why Trojans are very popular and favorable tool used by hackers to spread their malware.

The most common way Troj_Ransomnote.sm spreads is through e-mail attachments. The developers of this Trojan typically use spam messages to send out thousands of e-mails to unsuspecting people. They rely on the peoples’ curiosity to see and click the attachment, this way consciously or unconsciously run the .exe file which will immediately install the malicious program. Those who get curious and open the messages, of course, will end up infecting their system with Troj_Ransomnote.sm. Do have in mind, however, that this isn’t the only way this virus uses to spread. In general, all sorts of files and content can be a potential carrier of malware. Therefore, if you recall interacting with some files or applications recently, this is probably how you ended up with a Trojan.

Your PC may turn into a zombie

Troj_Ransomnote.sm is usually used by the hackers for online fraud and theft. As with many other Trojans, this program is created just to provide unauthorized and remote access to user’s PC. This way the malware creators can control the computer and install other viruses in it, or use it for their criminal purposes. For example, with Troj_Ransomnote.sm help, the attacker may turn your computer into a zombie computer. Zombie machines are added into a bot network and used in all matters of illegal actions, such as DDoS attacks and more. Thousands of people around the globe have had their machines infiltrated in this way.

What is the risk?

The potential threats you are exposed to with Troj_Ransomnote.sm includes stealing of various user related information, especially sensitive data such as credit card details, passwords and any other private files you may have. Your system is vulnerable when the hackers install more malware, keylogging and various other malicious activities. Also, it is possible for other criminals to gain access and control the infected computer simply by searching for machines on a network through a port scanner. This way they can easily find PCs that are already infected with Troj_Ransomnote.sm. Unfortunately, Trojan horse infections continue to increase in popularity and are one of the biggest treats among the known malware found on the web.

Be smarter than the hackers and protect yourself

Antivirus software and anti-malware still remain some of the best options to protect your PC by keeping Trojans away. Good antivirus can help you in recognizing actual malware, but you should not rely only on it. We would advise you to always pay attention when interacting with different content online. Do not download and install software without checking it first, especially when you don’t know what it is and where it comes from. Always look for reputable software companies when it comes to installing applications. Do not trust suspicious links and websites that claim you have won a prize out of nowhere. Be smarter than the hackers and keep their “free gifts” off your system. The guide below will help you do so.

Threat Troj_Ransomnote.sm
Classification Trojan Horse
Security Alert
High (usually used by the hackers for online fraud and theft)
Negative Effects Has no symptoms unless it is active. When active, you may see all kinds of strange behavior and your PC’s CPU/RAM/ usage may jump. 

Troj_Ransomnote.sm Removal

Step1Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

Locate the Adware and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.

Additional 2.1:

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

Additional 2.2:

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Troj_Ransomnote.sm. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 5

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

SHARE
Previous articleAdfoc.us “Virus” Removal
Next articleGuntony Chrome “Virus” Removal
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com , a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people. In his off time he is an avid book reader, occasional PC gamer and affectionate football spectator. Daniel would hardly begrudge anyone who might call him a computer nerd, yet this might be just the thing one needs in case of a security issue.