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Remove Paypal-b Phish (Removal Instructions) - updated Mar 2019

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Trojans

Paypal-b Phish is a well-known false positive that is related to PayPal payment service

Paypal-b Phish program

Paypal-b Phish, also known as HTML:Paypal-B [Phish], is a detection used by AVG and Avast security applications. Many users reported about their anti-virus programs detecting the threat when they were trying to pay for an online purchase by using PayPal service, or after a full system scan. Additionally, users tried to delete browser history, cookies and browser add-ons, but the infection was still shown.[1] The anti-virus representatives concluded that the false positive[2] would be fixed, and users should update their security software to stop real PayPal service to be flagged as Paypal-b Phish. However, the definition of detection was created for a reason. Hackers might intercept the connection to PayPal or victims could potentially download malicious files that would be located in the Temp folder. Thus, if your AV engine detected a threat, you should investigate before taking any actions, as it could be related to PayPal virus.

Name Paypal-b Phish
Also known as HTML:Paypal-B [Phish], PayPal virus
Type Trojan horse/false positive
Detected by The entry is usually used by AVG and Avast 
OS infected Windows
Distribution techniques If it appears to be malware, such malicious content can invade the system via infected email attachments or third-party websites
Computer scanning tools You can use a tool such as Reimage to scan the system for suspicious content and make sure it is not dangerous 
Removal process Eliminating the trojan is possible only by using automatic virus removal software 

If you have scanned your entire computer system and Paypal-b Phish appears to be a Trojan horse, you can experience very unpleasant effects and damage if you do not get rid of the cyber threat ASAP. Trojans are known for their ability to sneak in the computer system unnoticed and perform a variety of illegitimate and even damaging activities.

Trojan horses, including Paypal-b Phish virus, are capable of invading the system unnoticed and stealing personal data of the user which is found on the infected machine. Sadly, this type of activity might relate to identity theft as your sensitive details might be misused for some kinds of illegal purposes by the cybercriminals themselves.

Additionally, if Paypal-b Phish is indeed malware, the malicious program might serve as malware downloader, which would consequently result in more infections. The virus that is capable of downloading additional payloads is extremely dangerous, as it can be controlled by hackers remotely, and such threats like ransomware, data-stealers, or cryptominers can be uploaded to the host machine at any time.

Paypal-b Phish trojan
Paypal-b Phish can be a malicious program which is also detected as HTML:Paypal-B [Phish] by AVG, Avast and other anti-virus programs

The infection might also cause overuse of your system's resources, program struggles and crashes while trying to launch them. Also, Paypal-b Phish virus might start redirecting you to suspicious websites, that might steal your login credentials or other personal information.

Remove Paypal-b Phish virus from your Windows computer system if you are guaranteed that the infection is not a false positive. To be completely, sure, we recommend using alternative anti-malware solutions, such as Reimage or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. This way, you will be able to see if the infection is indeed real.

However, Paypal-b Phish removal is necessary only if this application is a virus. If you have scanned the system, and the HTML:Paypal-B [Phish] detection name appeared to be a false positive note that such applications are harmless and cannot cause any damage. 

Trojans can invade the system via phishing content or unsafe websites

Malware is a type of programs which install on the targeted system automatically without the user's consent. However, according to Virusai.lt experts,[3] these viruses appear on the system due to the user's carelessness while performing browsing work and other activities, e.g., opening suspicious email message attachments or clicking on links inside.

Mostly, malware such as trojans infiltrates the system through infected files such as executables which come attached to spam email messages. You need to be very careful with all the emails you receive, identify all letters that have been sent to your inbox section also. If you are not entirely sure that the content is legitimate, hurry up and remove it from your inbox.

Additionally, malware-related content might be distributed on rogue web pages or infected hyperlinks. Usually, crooks inject malicious payload to P2P networks[4] such as Torrents, eMule, or The Pirate Bay. This way users can accidentally infect their computer when trying to download a movie, game, or program downloading hyperlink.

However, Torrent viruses can be mostly avoided when using ad-blocking applications like AdBlock or AdGuard.

Paypal-b Phish distribution
Threats like Paypal-b Phish virus can be distributed in a variety of methods, such as spam emails, compromised websites, bundled software, torrent clients, etc.

Paypal-b Phish automatic removal guide from Windows computer system

If you have been infected with HTML:Paypal-B [Phish] virus and anti-malware programs have alerted that this application is found as a malware-related trojan, you should take some actions to eliminate it. Remember, that the Payal-b Phish removal can be accomplished only by using robust anti-malware tools, otherwise, you might only mess all things up by trying to terminate the cyber threat on your own and leave compromised system files all over the PC.

Remove HTML:Paypal-B [Phish] virus by using only expert-tested tools. Furthermore, if you are looking for software which will help you detect the trojan and all malicious components that it has left behind, we advise leaning on programs such as Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes. Also, check the below-given guide and reboot your computer in order to disable the activity of the Trojan horse and bring your machine back to its previous state.

Remember, Paypal-b Phish is most likely to be a false positive, but you should investigate further before you delete some vital files related to PayPal service.

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To remove Paypal-b Phish, follow these steps:

Remove Paypal-b Phish using Safe Mode with Networking

Use Safe Mode with Networking to disable the Trojan horse on your computer system. Perform these instructions if help is needed:

  • 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 Paypal-b Phish

    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 Paypal-b Phish removal.

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

Remove Paypal-b Phish using System Restore

Activating the System Restore feature might be a great option if you are looking for a way to deactivate malware:

  • 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 Paypal-b Phish. 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 Paypal-b Phish removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Paypal-b Phish and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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