Trojan.Ramage

Trojan.Ramage will breach into your computer’s security and add a registry key so that it will load each time Windows starts.

Trojan.Ramage is a harmful Trojan that permits a remote attacker to secure an access on the target computer. The Trojan also performs Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) to make computer or network resources unavailable.

Also Detected As: Trojan/Win32.Ramage (AhnLab-V3), TR/ATRAPS.Gen (AntiVir), Win32:Downloader-LWI [Trj] (Avast), Gen:Trojan.Heur.PT.cGW@aqWKyPf (BitDefender), Trojan.Win32.Spy!IK (Emsisoft), HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (Kaspersky), Generic.tfr!ba (McAfee), Trojan:Win32/Ontonphu.A (Microsoft)

Damage Level: Medium

Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

Characteristics
Once Trojan.Ramage is executed, it will create several harmful files under Windows, System, and UserProfile directory. Any of the dropped files can be used to perform individual task. The Trojan is also capable of running itself when Windows starts by adding Windows registry entry. Trojan.Ramage will drop corresponding file name and values that can be any of the following:

  • Intel
  • Netscape
  • ODBC
  • Policies
  • Sysinternals
  • WinRAR

Lastly, Trojan.Ramage makes necessary registry changes to pass-through Windows firewall and allows backdoor communication. It will connect to command and control server (C&C) to receive instructions to carry out distributed denial of service attack.

Distribution
Common distribution of Trojan.Ramage involves another Trojan and virus infection. An unspecified malware may download and drop Trojan.Ramage onto target computer through security breaches that may be exploited by malware authors intentionally.

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How to Remove Trojan.Ramage

1. Temporarily Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP). [how to]
2. To be able to identify even the most recent variant of Trojan.Ramage, open your antivirus application and update the virus definition file.

3. Start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking.
- From a power-off state, turn on the computer and press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly.
- Your computer will display Windows Advanced Boot Options menu. Please select Safe Mode with Networking.
- The system will now boot Windows and loads only necessary drivers and files.

4. Open your antivirus program and run a full system scan. After the scan, delete all infected items. If unable to delete, better place them in quarantine. Once the scan is complete, please proceed with the next step.

Scan with Norton Power Eraser:

Additional virus removal tool like Norton Power Eraser provides deep scanning technology to eliminate other threats not detected by a normal virus scan. Use this tool with extra caution.

5. Go to this link and download Norton Power Eraser.
6. Once the download completes, double click on the file NPE.exe to run the program.
7. It will prompt for End User License Agreement, click on Accept to continue.
8. On NPE main window, click on Scan. Then select Exclude Rootkit Scan. Click on Continue to proceed.
9. Virus scanning may take some time. After running the scan, NPE will display the scan result.

Important! If there are any detected threats under Suspicious, remove the check mark. Only threats in Detected category are necessary to remove at this point. Make sure that you mark the Create System Restore Point before proceeding with the fix.

10. Now click on Fix to start removing the threats including Trojan.Ramage remnants if there are any.
11. When done, Norton Power Eraser will restart the computer. Then after a reboot, it will initialize and display the eliminated threats.
12. You may now close Norton Power Eraser.

Alternative Removal Method for Trojan.Ramage

Option 1 : Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

If Trojan.Ramage enters the computer, there is a big chance that Windows files, registry entries and other essential components are also infected. System Restore can reinstate clean system files by restoring the configuration to an earlier date. The method also replaces compromised files with a clean version. If you have a saved restore point before Trojan.Ramage infiltrates the PC, we highly encourage you to execute this procedure if none of the above works. You may proceed with Windows System Restore, click here to see the full procedure.

Option 2 : Trojan.Ramage manual uninstall guide

IMPORTANT! Manual removal of Trojan.Ramage requires technical skills. Deleting system files and registry entries by mistake may result to total disability of Windows system. We advise you to perform a backup of registry before proceeding with this guide.

1. Kill any running process that belongs to Trojan.Ramage.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for Trojan.Ramage files (refer to Technical Reference) and click End Process.

End Task

2. Delete all registry entries that belong to this malware.
- Press [Windows Key]+R on your keyboard.
- In the 'Open' dialog box, type regedit and press Enter. This will open registry editor.
- Find and delete registry entries as mentioned in Technical Reference section below.
- Close registry editor. Changes made will be save automatically.

Run Regedit

3. Scan the computer with antivirus program.
- Connect to Internet and open your antivirus software. Please update to obtain the latest database and necessary files.
- Restart the computer in Safe Mode.
- Just before Windows logo begins to load press F8 on your keyboard.
- On Windows Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode and press Enter.

4. Delete all files dropped by Trojan.Ramage.
- While still in Safe Mode, search and delete malicious files. Please refer to 'Technical Reference'. Make sure that you execute 'End Task' first before deleting the file. Otherwise, the system will not let you perform this action.

Technical Reference

Associated Files and Folders:Added Registry Entries: