- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Slow internet connection
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Ghostadmin is a dangerous computer infection that is more likely to target corporate computer systems rather than individual user desktop PCs, but the threat is always there. In this description, we will discuss this malicious backdoor in greater detail and we will provide you with guidelines for manual removal. Nevertheless, when it comes to such infections, it is always a lot better to rely on a security application because if you are not an experienced computer user, you may overlook certain malicious files, and the infection would reinstall itself. Hence, do everything you can to get rid of Ghostadmin once and for all.
First, let us discuss the infection’s category. Ghostadmin is a backdoor. Rather than describing an actual program, a backdoor is more of a method that is employed to avoid the usual authentication in a computer system. To put it simply, with a backdoor, cyber criminals can gain remote access to a computer or an entire computer system. Once the access is granted, the intruders can choose what they want to do with it. For the most part, the access is used to steal important information from the affected system. So if this program manages to enter financial corporations and other highly important systems, the damage could be huge.
Our research shows that this infection was first detected on January 17th, 2017. This program is a malicious IRC bot. Judging from the other programs of similar profile, Ghostadmin can steal confidential information and download more malware onto the compromised systems. What’s more, the infection spreads around via malicious email attachments, so it means that users download this threat themselves. Of course, they do not understand that a dangerous backdoor hides in the attachments, so in a way it could be an excuse. However, users should be aware of the potential risks when it comes to email attachments.
Although spam email messages tend to get filtered into Junk folders, they sometimes manage to squeeze into the main inboxes, too. Such spam emails look like legal notifications from reliable companies and even online stores. Computer security experts always point out how important it is to remain vigilant whenever you encounter third-party content. An email attachment may look like a genuine document file, but launching it can install Ghostadmin and other dangerous programs on your system. Thus, if you are not sure about the file you are about to open, perhaps you should consider scanning it with a security tool.
From what we know, Ghostadmin has already attacked at least two major companies and it managed to steal a huge amount of data. When this program enters the target system, it connects to the internet without your permission to establish connection with its control and command center (C&C). Further research has shown that the C&C is an IRC channel. The moment this connection is established, the people behind the infection can issue commands, telling the infection what to do what kind of information has to be stolen. So in a way, depending on the developer’s whim, Ghostadmin could do a variety of things.
For example, we know that the infection can interact with the files on the affected system. It can also browse certain websites, download and launch files, and trespass your privacy in many other others. For instance, Ghostadmin could easily take screenshots and record audio, thus stealing confidential private information. From this, it is easy to see how dangerous and intrusive this program is. Of course, it requires an internet connection to perform at 100%, but plugging the cable out would not solve this problem either.
It is important that you get down to the bottom of this issue and remove Ghostadmin right away. However, when it comes to manual removal, the program presents particular difficulties because a backdoor infection is bound to regularly change its directories and filenames. So there could be a lot of trial and error with this program.
You can see the manual removal guidelines right below, but it would still be a lot more efficient to rely on an antispyware tool that would delete Ghostadmin for you automatically. You would no longer need to look for malware-related files, and your computer would be protected from other possible threats.
How to Remove Ghostadmin