This page contains detailed analysis on Bloodhound.Spload. To get rid of this Trojan, please use the removal guide below.
Bloodhound.Spload is a generic detection for files that will try to infect the computer by taking advantage of the Print Spooler Service Impersonation Vulnerability. This virus may spread by infecting removable drives and unsafe shared network drives.
Once Bloodhound.Spload executes in the computer, it will drop harmful files on different folders under Windows. Most probably, this virus will infect certain legitimate Windows files in order to initiate a precarious action. This threat is capable of making huge amount of changes on Windows registry to achieve the following tasks:
- Load its harmful code each time user opens Windows.
- Include itself on a list of programs that are allowed on Windows firewall.
- Disable antivirus and security settings on the infected computer.
When Bloodhound.Spload is running on the computer, it will infect certain Microsoft Office files. The virus also modifies the header so that affected programs will send an enormous amount of print jobs when the file is opened.
The most prominent symptoms with this virus are infinite print spooling. Infection can also lead to a lot of irritating behavior. In most cases, computer will suffer from a degraded system performance. Worst, victims may lose important documents when this threat cause enduring damage to infected files.
Bloodhound.Spload may arrive on computers in several methods. Authors can send this virus through email spamming as attached to email messages. User may also be infected when naïve user executes a risky link from instant messaging software or social networking sites. Drive-by-download method is also seen as another channel to spread this malware. Trojan can enter the by exploiting certain security faults it may discover from visitor’s web browser. The process is so covert that user’s may not even notice of the ongoing attack.
Damage Level: Medium
Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Windows Vista
How to Remove Bloodhound.Spload
1. Temporarily Disable System Restore if you are using Windows XP. For Windows Vista/7 users, you may use System Restore to return Windows to a previous clean state. However, you must have a saved restore points to accomplish this. Otherwise, proceed with the removal process.
2. To be able to identify even the most recent variant of Bloodhound.Spload, 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 boot Windows loading 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 provides deep scanning technology to eliminate other threats not detected by a normal virus scan. Use this tool with extra caution.
5. Go to NPE web page and download the tool.
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 Bloodhound.Spload 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 Bloodhound.Spload
Option 1 : Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state
If Bloodhound.Spload 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 Bloodhound.Spload 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.