BlackShades is a Trojan horse, which is used to connect to the affected PC remotely and cause serious damage on it. Once installed on computer, this virus can take over victim’s personal information, such as passwords, loggins, bank account information, valuable documents and similar data. In addition to that, it may also be set to infect PC with malware, update it and/or launch it. According to several sources, BlackShades virus is closely related to Syrian pro-government hackers who are fighting against political dissidents and activists. If you think that your PC may be infected with BlackShades, make sure you scan it with reputable anti-spyware and remove malicious files from it.
How can BlackShades hijack my computer?
Similarly to other Trojans, BlackShades is mostly spread using spam and infected email attachments. However, according to the recent reports, this virus may also be downloaded via Skype as a PIF file. In order to avoid such attacks, you should make sure that you ignore all alerts from unknown sources. In most of the cases, they try to mislead people into thinking that someone is spreading a video or other data, which is related to them. However, other tricks, such as notifications about discounts, promotions and other deals, are also possible.
How to remove BlackShades?
If you think that BlackShades has already infected your computer, you should immediately check it with Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus. In order to minimize the damage that can be initiated by this virus, you should use file encryption for protecting your valuable data. Also, install reputable anti-spyware that could help you to spot such attackers as BlackShades.