What is Trojan.ZeroAccess?
Trojan.ZeroAccess is a malicious Trojan horse, which was named like that because of the string found in its kernel driver code that points to the ZeroAccess folder. However, you can also find it named as max++. Note that there are many versions of this trojan, like Trojan.Zeroaccess!kmem, Trojan.Zeroaccess.B, Trojan.zeroaccess!inf, Trojan.Zeroaccess!inf2, Trojan.Zeroaccess!inf3, Trojan.Zeroaccess.C, Trojan.Zeroaccess!inf4 or the latest Trojan.Zeroaccess!gen10 and Trojan.Zeroaccess!gen11. Each of them can easily hide deep inside your PC system without any sign because they are closely related to ZeroAccess rootkit that was developed for this task. However, this is not what it was created for. The main thing what this trojan is used for is to open the backdoors of the compromised PC and download malware or similar malicious software to it. It can also create a hidden system file which helps it to store all of its components. As long as this threat is considered an advanced trojan horse, it has also been noticed that it is capable of updating itself through the peer-to-peer network. This is a very helpful capability that allows for its authors to improve Trojan.Zeroaccess virus as frequently as possible. They can easily fill it with more functions and set it for new tasks.
How can Trojan.ZeroAccess infect my computer?
There are several ways how you can get infected with Trojan.ZeroAccess or one of its modified versions. It may come to your computer after clicking on malicious link or after visiting a website, which is infected with Trojan.Zeroaccess virus. Please, stay away from suspicious sites that can either be visited with the help of browser hijackers or voluntarily. As soon as this dangerous trojan horse gets inside the target PC, Trojan.ZeroAccess downloads an application that starts monitoring victim’s web searches and browsing habits. It can also try to redirect your search results for trying to make the money through pay-per-click advertising scheme and similar methods. Besides, Trojan.ZeroAccess is also capable to download other threats, like rogue applications or malware. These scams work on displaying for the user invented information about threats found and then push them to purchase licensed version. Opening a back door of the system and connecting it to a command and control (C&C) server is also a simple task for this trojan. This allows for the attacker to get the access to the compromised computer and perform various unwanted actions on the PC.
How to remove Trojan. ZeroAccess virus from my computer?
There are several ways how you can remove trojan.ZeroAccess. Firstly you can try to download anti-malware and anti-virus programs. In this case, we recommend Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus and Malwarebytes Anti Malware. However, you can try running Hitman Pro or Kaspersky as well. If you are blocked by ZeroAccess, firstly you should use anti-rootkit tools and then anti-malware programs. Finally, you can try using thebootable CDs. However, note that that’s the most difficult way to remove Trojan.ZeroAccess and you should contact the professional to help you with this method if you don’t have enough knowledge about system’s architecture.