You may have already heard about Emotet by now, but if not, you should know that it is a Malware / banking Trojan that is installed in your computer’s operating system such as Windows 10 in order to steal your banking details when you try to access to your online accounts. Once hackers get hold of your bank details through Emotet, they can transfer your funds to other bank accounts. This is the reason why it is advisable to check if your Windows computer is infected with Emotet and if so, delete it.
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But this is not all, since Emotet is a malicious software that can be used as a launch pad for other malware. This means that if your computer is infected with Emotet, you can end up receiving many other infections such as:
– Persistent infections designed to launch payloads aggressively at startup and at regular intervals, making repair difficult.
– Theft of credentials, including the credentials of email and social media accounts, as well as passwords stored in web browsers.
– Account locks caused by malware attempting to spread internally over the network through brute force attacks using stolen credentials.
– Disabling security tools and programs such as Windows Defender or Avast.
– Impersonation of your email which allows the hacker to get the information from your Outlook contacts and then use these contacts to send Spam.
– Fraudulent transfers or withdrawals from your bank accounts by stealing your credentials.
Fortunately, there are several ways to detect if your computer is running Windows 10 and here are the best ones:
How to know if your Windows 10 computer is infected with Emotet malware.
Method 1: Use the specialized tool EmoCheck
Currently there is a tool specialized in detecting Emotet malware and best of all, it is completely free.
EmoCheck performs a deep and fast scan of your PC as well as being really easy to use.
The first thing we will have to do is download the tool from the following link:
Download Emocheck: https://github.com/JPCERTCC/EmoCheck/releases
Once on the page, you will have to choose the download according to the structure of your Windows 10 operating system:
- X64 for Windows 10 32-bit
- X86 for Windows 10 64-bit
Once the tool is downloaded, you will have to run the tool until the interface similar to that of the CMD is displayed.
Here all you have to do is press any of the keys on your computer.
This will run the scan and the tool’s interface may even disappear.
Now you will have to go to the same folder where the EmoCheck executable is located and right next to it you will find a .txt file
When you open the file in the notepad, you will see the information about whether your Windows 10 computer is infected or not.
Method 2. Locate strange services within the Windows 10 Services application.
Emotet works by creating a service with a random name. This, in turn, tries to create another service with another random name. As such, if you see some strange service names popping up, it’s worth doing a deep scan of your operating system.
For this you will have to open Windows 10 task manager
Once here go to the tab: Services
In the list of services, you should look for those whose names are made up of only random numbers.
If you find them, you will have to disconnect your computer from the internet and carry out a deep scan with your antivirus program.
Method 3. Check that there are no strange movements in your accounts.
Even if you have an antivirus installed and the previous methods have been negative, it is worth taking a look at your accounts in case you will find any strange movement, especially if you usually use electronic banking a lot.
It is highly recommended to maintain a weekly movement check routine. As soon as you detect any strange movement, contact your bank as soon as possible and check again that your computer is free of Emotet. If necessary, take your computer to a specialist.
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