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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key is a Trojan that is considered to be one of the most hazardous Trojans out there on the web. Thus we advise users to remove this dangerous Trojan as soon as possible, because the long term effects of Skeleton Key residing in your system will be detrimental. This Trojan is designed to be very aggressive as its main purpose is to help cyber criminals infiltrate a computer and steal the user’s financial information without them even realizing it.

Skeleton Key is capable of evading security and hiding deep in the computer for extensive periods of time. Even if an antivirus program detects the Trojan, chances are, you will be unable to fully remove it from your system. However, it is possible to prevent this Trojan from entering your system.

Trojans are unable to spread on their own accord and Skeleton Key is no exception. The Trojan installs its components exploiting pirated software, since Skeleton Key is linked to numerous malicious websites used to benefit its developers. Additionally, the user will undoubtedly be infected if he opens a link or an attachment that is embedded in spam email. Even more worrying is the fact that this Trojan is known to spread via USB viruses. Thus, we advise users not to download pirated software, open suspicious e-mails or insert unknown USB drives in the PC.

Once the Trojan enters the system, it immediately begins to operate. Skeleton Key is known to bypass authentication of main administrator password, thus it can get access to all user’s information. On top of that, the hackers can insert keyloggers to steal bank account information and record all the text that has been typed in using the keyboard.

Even more shocking is the fact that hackers are able to take screenshots of the user’s display screen and get access to all files on the computer. In addition to these primary functions, Skeleton Key has the ability disrupt computer performance, dramatically reduce the speed of the system and even trigger fatal system errors. To achieve this functionality it injects one or more rootkits and other malicious files that are capable of giving the system false commands. A certain command will disable or stop a specific application or system task from running.

Therefore, we stress the need to remove this dangerous Trojan. However, due to the fact that Skeleton Key and many like it are extremely hard to remove manually even for advanced PC users, we recommend downloading a malware scanner like SpyHunter or any other application to guarantee the security of your system.

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How to manually remove Skeleton Key

Files associated with Skeleton Key infection:


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