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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans


DarkKomet is a threat designed to spy on targeted victims as well as gather sensitive information. The malicious application has even more functions, and you can find more about them if you read our full article. There is no doubt that this malware is extremely dangerous and could cause a lot of trouble for users who end up receiving it. The malicious application was created back in 2009, and it was being spread among hackers free of charge up till 2012. During this time, a lot of malware’s versions might have been created given we still hear about it in 2019. Naturally, we cannot provide accurate deletion instructions as the malicious application could have many versions. Thus, we recommend eliminating DarkKomet with a chosen antimalware tool that could take care of this threat. If you have questions after reading our report, feel free to leave us a comment at the end of this page.

Most of such threats travel with unreliable data available on the Internet. For example, it is possible a user could receive DarkKomet after opening a malicious software installer, a fake update, a suspicious email attachment, and so on. Thus, we do not recommend opening files when you are not entirely sure they are safe to interact with.

If you have any doubts, it is safer to scan suspicious files with a reliable antimalware tool first. If the tool does not find any malicious component, it ought to be safe to open scanned data. On the other hand, if it detects harmful material, you should allow the chosen tool to help you get rid of the scanned file. There is one more thing we could suggest. Various vulnerabilities, such as unsecured RDP connections, weak passwords, and outdated software might make it easier for Trojans and threats alike to get in, which is why it would be a good idea to make sure your system has no weaknesses that could be exploited by malware.

At this point, you may wonder who could be targeted with such a malicious application. DarkKomet is considered to be a RAT, a Remote Access Trojan. Such sophisticated threats are often used to infect computers belonging to various businesses and organizations. Nonetheless, we cannot claim that cybercriminals could not use it to infect a system of a regular user. Such a scenario is unlikely, but still possible. After entering a computer, DarkKomet might create data in the directories that are listed in our removal instructions (located below this article).

Hackers should be able to send commands to the malicious application that the threat ought to carry out without being noticed. As most of such Trojans, the malware should allow hackers to monitor their victims, view their browsing history, take screenshots, record information by recording a user’s keystrokes, and even control a device (shut it down, restart, etc.). If cybercriminals wish to spy on targeted victims and gather their sensitive information very discreetly, they could remove the malware from a system as soon as it collects targeted data. Thus, DarkKomet could disappear without leaving a trace.

However, if the malware gets detected, it is important to react fast to make sure it does not cause more trouble, than it might have already. Usually, we include manual removal instructions at the end of our report. This time we only place locations of where the malware’s data could be located. In other words, it is doubtful you will eliminate DarkKomet manually even if you get rid of all suspicious files that could be related to it from the listed directories.

Therefore, in this case, we highly recommend leaving this task to a reputable antimalware tool that could erase DarkKomet and all other possible threats from your computer. All you have to do is choose a legitimate tool, perform a full system scan with it, and click the deletion button it ought to provide after completing the scan.

Remove DarkKomet

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Choose Task Manager and select Processes.
  3. Find a process belonging to the threat.
  4. Mark it and click End Task.
  5. Exit Task Manager.
  6. Click Win+E.
  7. Find these paths:
  8. Look for a suspicious file downloaded from the Internet that could be the RAT’s launcher.
  9. Right-click it and select Delete.
  10. Locate and erase all suspicious files located in these directories (folders called MSDCSC, Avocun, and so on, should belong to the Trojan and could be random):
    %USERPROFILE%\my documents\DCSCMIN
    %USERPROFILE%\my documents\MSDCSC
  11. Exit File Explorer.
  12. Empty Recycle Bin.
  13. Restart the computer.
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