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RadMin Removal Guide

What is RadMin?

Radmin – a dangerous trojan horse that allows bad actors to remotely control your device

Radmin virusRadmin is a remote administration tool that can be abused by cybercriminals

Radmin virus is a remote administration tool (RAT) that comes into systems as a trojan horse[1] via spam emails or malicious websites. The malware gains root access to the computer and allows hackers to remotely control it, like making screenshots or installing another malware. Unfortunately, the main executable deletes itself as soon as the malicious payload is executed, making detection and removal much more complicated.

Name Radmin
Type Trojan Horse
Distribution Spam emails, malicious websites
Symptoms Rarely any, although users may notice occasional freezes or/and crashes
Main dangers Stolen personal information and malware infiltration
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Initially, this software is an official tool used by IT specialists as administration software. However, the remote access component can be abused by hackers to control victims' computers, which gets injected via a trojan. We are going to talk about the malicious version of the program, namely, Radmin virus or Win32.RAdmin.Zenworks.

Remote administration tools are hazardous when abused by cybercriminals, because users may completely lose the control of their machine. As soon as the malware is injected into the PC, it creates the following files:

  • C:\Windows\System32\config\admdll.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\config\raddrv.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\config\svchost.exe
  • C:\Windows\System32\config\svcset.bat
  • C:\Windows\System32\config\svcset.reg
  • C:\:services.exe

System services, used by Windows OS are replaced by malicious executable which runs in the Task Manager. Malware also modifies other settings in order to gain persistence. There is no doubt that users should immediately remove Radmin trojan from their computers, and it should not be done manually, as trojan horses are viruses that are written in a sophisticated code. Therefore, we suggest using security software, such as FortectIntego.

The RAT tool allows hackers to perform various malicious tasks on the targeted computer, including:

  • Multiply itself via the network;
  • Download and upload malicious files;
  • Change various system parameters;
  • Start or shut down applications;
  • Record victim's activity.

Although some files might be deleted or software corrupted, it is not the main danger of Radmin trojan. Information tracking can lead to severe consequences, such as identity theft[2] or stolen money directly from your bank account.

Unfortunately, the malware rarely exposes any symptoms, as its goal is to remain undetected while the malicious activity is taking place. However, users may experience occasion system or software crashes or freezes, increased CPU usage, an increased amount of advertisement on their browsers, and an overall sluggish PC performance.

Therefore, we advise you take care of Radmin removal. For that, you will have to scan your machine with reputable security software.

Radmin trojanRadmin is virus that allows hackers to take a complete control over targeted computer

Malware can strike unexpectedly, so be ready

Trojan horses are the sneaky type of infections which also opens doors to other malware, such as ransomware or digital currency miners. These cyber threats are perilous as they can lead to file destruction or hardware wear and tear over time. Of course, there is no way to protect yourself from malware 100%, but there is something you can do to decrease the possibility of infection.

Security experts[3] note that the most effective trojan horse distribution method is via malicious spam email attachments. With the help of bots, hackers send out thousands of emails to various users. These phishing emails may look dodgy, or closely resemble/look identical to messages one would get from the legitimate company, like Amazon or FedEx.

Therefore, it is essential to recognize these threats. Never open attachments within these emails, especially if they ask for the macro function to be enabled. Additionally, pay attention to hyperlinks that are fake – merely place a cursor on it and you will see the address it will lead you to. Finally, check the “From” address – it is the biggest giveaway that it is a scam.

If your computer is infected with RadMin virus, proceed with the following elimination steps

To remove Radmin virus, you will have to download and install security software, if you do not possess one yet. We recommend using FortectIntego or Malwarebytes, as these products are leaders in cybersecurity market and can take care of even the toughest virus.

Beware that the trojan deletes its executable and can make detection much more complicated. To ensure complete Radmin removal, we suggest you enter Safe Mode with Networking on your device, as explained below.

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Getting rid of RadMin. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

In case security software cannot start properly, enter Safe Mode with Networking:

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):


After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove RadMin using System Restore

You can also eliminate Radmin by using System Restore:

  • 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 RadMin. 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 FortectIntego and make sure that RadMin removal is performed successfully.

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

How to prevent from getting trojans

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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