W32.Ptopirate

W32.Ptopirate is a worm that will propagate via removable USB drives and unsecured network-shared drives. W32.Ptopirate can create its own registry entry that will allow the worm to run automatically during Windows boot-up.

Alias: W32/Generic.worm!p2p (McAfee), Worm:Win32/Ptopirate.A (Microsoft), Malware.Ptopirate (PCTools), Mal/Emogen-H (Sophos), Worm.Win32.Ptopirate (Ikarus), Win32/Ptopirate.worm.61440 (AhnLab)

Damage Level: Medium

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

Characteristics
If W32.Ptopirate is executed, it will drop two files on every mounted removable and network drives. One of the file is in executable format, and the other is Autorun.inf file that runs the main file when the drive is accessed on a computer with Autoplay function is enabled.
The worm also modifies Windows Hosts file that will result to block access to any security web sites.

Distribution
The worm may gather names of P2P network from the following web site: http://thepiratebay.org

This worm may spread by using the stolen credentials to share a copy of the worm using popular P2P programs including the following:

  • Ares
  • FrostWire
  • eMule
  • Bearshare
  • Kazaa
  • Lphant
  • Bitcomet
  • Shareaza
  • Limewire

W32.Ptopirate spreads locally by infecting removable USB drives and unsecured network-shared drives.

How to Remove W32.Ptopirate

NOTE: We suggest that you PRINT or BOOKMARK this guide. There are steps that we may have to restart the computer in order to successfully remove the threat.

Step 1 : Run a scan with your antivirus program

1. First thing you should do is reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking to avoid W32.Ptopirate from loading at start-up.

Remove all media such as floppy drive, cd, dvd, and USB devices. Then, restart the computer and please do the following:

Boot in Safe Mode with Networking on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 system
a) Before Windows begins to load, press F8 on your keyboard.
b) It will display the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode with Networking.

Start computer in Safe Mode with Networking using Windows 8
a) Before Windows begins to load, press Shift and F8 on your keyboard.
b) On Recovery interface, click on 'See advanced repair options'.
c) Next, click on Troubleshoot option.
d) Then, select Advanced options from the list.
e) Lastly, please choose Windows Startup Settings and click on Restart. When Windows restarts, you will be send to a familiar Advanced Boot Options screen.
f) Select Safe Mode with Networking from the selections menu.

SafeMode

2. Once Windows is running under Safe Mode with Networking, open your antivirus program and download the most recent update. This method ensures that your antivirus program can detect even newer variants of W32.Ptopirate.

Updating your antivirus software is a one-click process. Please refer to your software manual for complete instructions.

3. Once updating is finished, run a full system scan. After the scan, delete all infected items. If unable to clean or delete, better place the threat in quarantine.

Step 2: Run another test with online virus scanner

Another way to remove W32.Ptopirate without the need to install additional antivirus software is to perform a thorough scan with free online virus scanner. It can be found on websites of legitimate antivirus and security provider.

1. Click the button below to proceed to the list of suggested Online Virus Scanner. Choose your desired provider. You can run each scan individually, one at a time, to ensure that all threats will be removed from the computer. This may require plug-ins, add-on or Activex object, please install if you want to proceed with scan.

Online Virus Scan

2. After completing the necessary download, your system is now ready to scan and remove W32.Ptopirate and other kinds of threats.
3. Select an option in which you can thoroughly scan the computer to make sure that it will find and delete entirely all infections not detected on previous scan.
4. Remove or delete all detected items.
5. When scanning is finished, you may now restart the computer in normal mode.

Alternative Removal Procedures for W32.Ptopirate

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

During an infection, W32.Ptopirate drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.

To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below to access this feature.

Access System Restore on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

a) Go to Start Menu, then under 'Run' or 'Search Program and Files' field, type rstrui.
b) Then, press Enter on the keyboard to open System Restore Settings.

rstrui-win7

Open System Restore on Windows 8

a) Hover your mouse cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and wait for the Start icon to appear.
b) Right-click on the icon and select Run from the list. This will open a Run dialog box.
c) Type rstrui on the 'Open' field and click on OK to initiate the command.

rstrui-win8

If previous restore point is saved, you may proceed with Windows System Restore. Click here to see the full procedure.

Option 2 : W32.Ptopirate manual uninstall guide

IMPORTANT! Manual removal of W32.Ptopirate 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 W32.Ptopirate.

- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for W32.Ptopirate 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 using the procedures above.
- Open your anti-virus program and thoroughly run a scan on the computer. Delete/Quarantine all identified threats to remove W32.Ptopirate effectively.

4. Delete all files dropped by W32.Ptopirate.

- 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:

Ways to Prevent W32.Ptopirate Infection

Take the following steps to protect the computer from threats. Suggested tools and security setup within installed software helps prevent the same attack on your PC.

Install an effective anti-malware program

Your first line of defense would be an effective security program that provides real-time protection. We have a list of anti-malware program that are tried and tested. It does not only scan files but also monitors your Internet traffic and is extremely active on blocking malicious communication. Click on the button below to download our recommended anti-malware program.

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Always update your installed software

Software vendors constantly releases updates for programs whenever a flaw is discovered. Getting the updates makes the computer more secured and help prevents Trojan, virus, malware, and W32.Ptopirate similar attacks. If in case your program is not set for instant update, it usually offered from vendor's web site, which you can download anytime.

Maximize the security potential of your Internet browser

Each browser has their own feature where in you can adjust the security settings that fit your browsing habit. We highly encourage you to maximize the setup to tighten the security of your browser.

Apply full caution when using the Internet

Internet is full of fraud, malware, and many forms of computer threats including W32.Ptopirate. Implement full caution with links that you may receive from emails, social networking sites, and instant messaging programs. It might lead you to malicious sites that can cause harm to your computer. Avoid strange web sites that offers free services and software downloads.