The PWSteal.Zbot.AJ Trojan is one of the most dangerous viruses in recent times, and comes under the category of Trojan viruses. Once it installed on your machine, it keeps showing you fake alerts, and you will receive fake messages continuously. The PWSteal.Zbot.AJ Trojan considered as a dangerous threat, because it has the ability to steal most confidential information, through bypassing all your security arrangements. Besides that, this malicious application has the ability to change various settings in your computer, which initially hard to notice, but gradually you start feeling these changes. Along with some other important changes, this virus can change your firewall settings, which makes your computer vulnerable, and other malware applications can attack your computer. Once this virus attacks your computer, it remains resident on your machine and hides itself deep in the system files, and registry entries. This malicious program keeps changing its place and names in order to hide it.
Manual Removal of PWSteal.Zbot.AJ Trojan
Once your system got infected with this malicious Trojan virus, you need to get rid of this as soon as possible. There are manual methods as well as automatic tools are available to remove this virus from your computer. The manual process is extremely complicated and not recommended for the basic level computer users, however, if you are confident enough that you can follow these instructions, following are the steps that you need to complete in order to remove the PWSteal.Zbot.AJ Trojan manually.
Restart the Computer in Safe Mode
You have to restart your computer in safe mode to terminate the malicious processes running in the background and stop you from removing this virus. You have to press F8 while your computer restarts and when you can see the boot menu; you have to select safe mode option from there.
Kill the Malicious Processes
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to start windows task manager where you have to select the processes tab. Here you can view all the processes running in your computer from which you have to identify the associated processes of the PWSteal.Zbot.AJ Trojan. You have to end the processes one by one, and close the task manager when you are done.
Delete Associated Files
After ending the associated processes, the next step is to remove the malicious files from your hard drive. In this regard you have to locate and remove the following files:-
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\PWSteal.Zbot.AJ.lnk
Remove Registry Entries
In the end, you have to delete the corrupt registry entries added by this malicious application. In this regard, you have to look for the following entries by using registry editor and remove them one by one:-
Once done with this, you have to close the registry editor, and restart the computer in normal mode to see the result of manual removal process. Once the threat is successfully removed, you have to update your antivirus, and run a complete system scan.