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Amanda Trojan. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Trojans

Amanda – a dangerous backdoor trojan which gives control of your computer to hackers

Amanda Trojan
Amanda - a backdoor trojan which hacks your system and lets the cybercriminal to perform actions over a remote server.

Amanda is a virus which belongs to the backdoor trojan category[1]. It infiltrates the system as a drive-by download or via malicious executables enabled by the user. The malware is capable of giving full control of the user's computer through a remote server and also deactivate or prevent security software from working. The trojan can inflict various damaging actions to the user, like stealing personal data while remaining silent on the system. What is more, the virus can deny the user control, which makes the machine inaccessible.

Name Amanda
Type Trojan
Danger High. The victim loses control of his/her PC and might face personal data leakage.
Purpose Stealing personal information from the user's computer
Effects Computer systems are taken over by the hacker, various software is downloaded without permission, numerous pop-ups appear, details such as your bank account's might be stolen, etc.
Spreads by Spam emails,  dubious websites, etc.
Deletion Use Reimage to get rid of the malware.

As long as this sneaky trojan is in your system, it will mess up and modify various settings in your PC. According to research, the Windows Task Manager is used to perform various actions[2]. Nevertheless, it can inject unwanted software and other malware without your notice. In order to avoid further damage, better hurry up an remove Amanda virus from your computer. Consider using an anti-malware tool – we recommend Reimage

While running various activity behind your back, the trojan might slow down your computer processing power as it will be overloaded by multiple malicious processes running in the background – that is another reason to proceed with Amanda removal. Although the virus might give you troubles while you try to eliminate it (for example, you might have to boot security software in Safe Mode), it will be worth it in the end.

Although trojan rarely emit any symptoms, some of these may be present: 

  • Increased CPU usage;
  • Increased amount of pop-up ads;
  • Emails, social media messages and similar are sent in your name;
  • Software crashes or freezes;
  • Added/removed applications;
  • Overall slow PC operation.

Although the Amanda trojan can cause multiple damaging actions to your software, one of the main dangerous features is the information harvesting. The malicious program can record all your keystrokes, steal passwords from all online accounts, as well as obtain your bank account login details. This allows crooks to take money directly from your bank account, or sell the valuable personal information on the Dark Web.

Trojans spread widely through the Internet

According to IT professionals[3], backdoor trojans can spread in more than one way:

  • Spam emails. This is the most prominent malware distribution method. Hackers often employ bots to send out a large number of phishing emails to victims with the intention to populate malicious payload. As soon as the user opens the deceptive file (many formats may be used – .doc, .xlsx, .html, .pdf, .txt, etc.) or clicks on the fake hyperlink, the malware is injected into the device right away.
  • Drive-by downloads. Users can inject their computers with malware by visiting dubious websites. It does not mean, however, that they were visited intentionally – redirects can lead here. Therefore, try to avoid suspicious sites, such as pornographic, file-sharing, and others.
  • System vulnerabilities. Hackers can abuse bugs in software and use exploit kits to inject malware directly into the machine. Fortunately, software developers often release patches to fix vulnerabilities and make the program secure. Therefore, it is vital to download updates as soon as they are available.
  • Fake updates and other fraudulent messages. Speaking about updates, there were millions of cases when victims got tricked into downloading malware by genuinely-looking software updates. For example, Adobe Flash is continuously releasing new patches, and users are used to downloading them often. However, setting updates to “Automatic” setting can prevent users from clicking on fake updates.

Delete Amanda and save your computer system

To remove Amanda virus from your PC, consider downloading an anti-malware tool. We advise using programs such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. These cleaning tools will help you get rid of the cyber threat if installed properly. The anti-malware will show you some guidance which will lead you through the process.

After you take care of the Amanda removal, make sure you keep security software on at all times (real-time protection feature must be enabled, as it can block malicious files before they enter the computer).

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To remove Amanda Trojan, follow these steps:

Remove Amanda Trojan using Safe Mode with Networking

Use Safe Mode with Networking to deactivate the trojan:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Amanda Trojan

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Amanda Trojan removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Amanda Trojan using System Restore

Try activating the System Restore function in order to avoid further damaging consequences:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Amanda Trojan. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Amanda Trojan removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Amanda Trojan and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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