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Skeeyah. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Trojans

Skeeyah – a dangerous backdoor trojan that can commit personal data theft

Skeeyah
Skeeyah - a trojan which enters the computer system unnoticed through phishing email letters and their attachments.

Skeeyah, also known as Trojan:Win32/Skeeyah.A!plock, is a backdoor Trojan horse which might easily swindle your personal information. Once this dangerous virus is in your computer system, it installs a backdoor which lets the criminals steal sensitive data that is kept on the infected PC such as banking data, credit card details, email passwords, and so on. Nevertheless, cybercrooks who spread Skeeyah virus for their own bad purposes can use your accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, etc., to attack your friends or other innocent people. This type of activity might get you looking like the guilty one. However, trojans, have a wide range of negative features and they need to be removed as quickly as possible before more damage has been done.

Name Skeeyah
Type Backdoors trojan
Also known as Trojan:Win32/Skeeyah.A!plock
Dangers Can steal personal information and misuse it for bad purposes, also, this virus might use your private Facebook (or another type) account to commit attempts against your friends
Symptoms Barely any. However, you might recognize high CPU usage, struggling applications, dubious registries in the Windows Registry, and so on
Prevention Avoid opening questionable emails, install antivirus software, do not enter rogue-looking websites
Delete it  Get rid of the virus permanently. Use Reimage to detect all harmful components

Skeeyah trojan has been spreading through different computer systems and users have been talking about this virus's activity. Users have claimed that Windows Defender finds Trojan:Win32/Skeeyah.A!plock but apparently it is not that easy to get rid of[1]. However, this dangerous backdoor[2] is known for stealing private data such as banking details, account passwords, and so on. If you hesitate to eliminate the threat and wait for this malicious activity to happen, you might face the consequences of data misusage.

Moreover, if Skeeyah manages to enter some of your online accounts, note that they might also be misused for attacking others. This might put the guilt on you. Nevertheless, such trojans can inject illegal content, e.g. child or teenage porn, straight into your computer, and as you know, such thing is a very big crime. Sadly, trojans show barely any symptoms and might be too hard to spot on time, but there are some signs that might be signal about this malicious program.

These symptoms include high usage of your CPU, sometimes it can reach even to 100%! Furthermore, you might start experiencing software crashes, discovering entries or apps you did not install. If you spot any of this suspicious activity, scan your PC with reputable anti-malware to check what is wrong. If the backdoor appears to be guilty of this, remove Skeeyah virus immediately.

Also, we recommend downloading and installing programs such as Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner. This computer software might be helpful for detecting damaged programs and other components. Performing the Skeeyah removal is crucial. Make sure you proceed with the process at the same minute you recognize the cyber threat. Moreover, take a look at the precautionary measures that we have provided below. They might help you avoid similar infections in the future.

Trojan horses come from spam attachments or rogue sites

Cybersecurity experts from NoVirus.uk[3] recommend being very careful while performing online activity. A Trojan horse can hide in many rogue websites and secretly install only with one click. If you overcome suspicious web pages, they should be eliminated immediately in order to avoid possible virus infiltration. Moreover, always check what you are downloading from the Internet. Do not skip any installation steps and make sure you install only original software.

It is commonly known that various malware infections, including Trojan horses, are widely spread through phishing email messages[4] and their hazardous attachments. Crooks often attach the dangerous payload to the dubious letter and send it to numerous random users. Be careful while opening questionable messages – some of them might be sent for bad purposes.

Another piece of advice would be to run a reliable antivirus tool on your computer daily. Do not be afraid to invest in such type of software because a reputable program will bring these benefits:

  • Regular system scams will show all computer-related problems;
  • The antivirus will keep the PC safe while you are performing computing work;
  • It will help you get rid of various issues that might occur through time.

Delete Trojan:Win32/Skeeyah.A!plock

Performing the Skeeyah removal requires a lot of attention and effort. This is the main reason why we suggest users to use reputable anti-malware software to complete the process. Furthermore, tools such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes might also help as they can detect malware-related content. Make sure you take care of the cyber threat properly even if the elimination might take a while.

After you remove Skeeyah virus, make sure to refresh the entire computer system and check if all trojan-related components are gone. When the computer is fully cleaned, you can use it normally again. However, you should not forget all the avoiding tips you have read as they might be very careful and let you prevent backdoor trojans entering your computer system again.

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To remove Skeeyah, follow these steps:

Remove Skeeyah using Safe Mode with Networking

Activate Safe Mode with Networking on your computer system. This function might help you deactivate the virus:

  • 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 Skeeyah

    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 Skeeyah removal.

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

Remove Skeeyah using System Restore

Disable Skeeyah backdoor trojan by activating the System Restore feature. Use these instructions if help is needed:

  • 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 Skeeyah. 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 Skeeyah removal is performed successfully.

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

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Jake Doevan - Computer technology expert

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