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Danger level 6
Type: Worms
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow Computer
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes


Worm.Backterra.F is a rootkit Windows infection, which cannot propagate itself automatically, and requires manual installation process to attack a target system. This means that the infection might infiltrate via encrypted downloads, spam email attachments, infected IRC channels, and most usually through infected USB drives. Moreover, the malicious application does not have an interface, and can hide for days, before presenting any noticeable Windows dysfunctions; therefore, it might be extremely difficult to remove Worm.Backterra.F from your system. Also, it should be mentioned that this Windows attacking infection has multiple name variations, including:


Worm.Backterra.F is based on the processes of the malignant svchost.exe that can modify an original Windows file, which has the same name and can be found in the same location (C:\Windows\system32\svchost). Svchost.exe injects registry keys to allow malignant processes to be initiated with computer’s actuation, disables safe mode, modifies runtime polices, deletes processes, and tampers with Windows Security Center to hide the infectious application from the removal. Additionally, svchost.exe can create invisible links to remote servers, and send recorded information from autoexec.bat file, which could enable passwords/usernames’ theft. With illicit connections, .exe file can download other malware into system, use your email accounts to spread the infection and record your browsing habits with the assistance of browser helper objects (BHOs). And because Worm.Backterra.F can only propagate itself via a limited amount of channels, svchost.exe will be employed to infect your USB drives, so that the worm could be spread via removable devices.

If you think you will be able to delete Worm.Backterra.F from your computer manually, you might face real difficulties, as svchost.exe is polymorphic and can camouflage itself from any detection and removal processes. Additionally, the infection has rootkit functionalities, which could stop even most experienced Windows users from having it removed quickly. We strongly recommend trusting legitimate security tools to remove Worm.Backterra.F from your system, because such software could separate real and cloaked infection’s components, delete the worm and guard your Windows against cyber criminals’ attacks in the future.

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How to manually remove Worm.Backterra.F

Files associated with Worm.Backterra.F infection:

Worm.Backterra.F processes to kill:


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