Rakuten virus infections can happen through multiple ways. They take advantage of the name of the shopping site in order to promote themselves. The different virus attacks are being operated by different hacking groups and individuals — we have received reports of numerous campaigns that use the Rakuten name in different elements. Most of them are related to malicious scripts that are found in redirects and pop-ups, as well as intrusive ads. Reading this article will help you protect yourself from bogus Rakuten sites and virus infections.
|Short Description||Virus that takes advantage of the legitimate and famous shopping site Rakuten.|
|Symptoms||The symptoms may be ranging from seeing redirects to having symptom-less Trojan on your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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Rakuten Virus — How Did I Get It?
The Rakuten virus can manifest itself in multiple ways depending on the type of virus and the hacking collective behind the ongoing attacks. As this is a collection of different types of viruses it is very possible for several infections to be launched at the same time by different hackers.
One of the most popular infections that are popular with such threats is the coordination of hacker-made fake sites that will impersonate the official Rakuten site and any of its subsections. They are usually hosted on similar sounding domain names and may include stolen or self-signed security certificates. Any interaction with these sites can lead to further virus infections or certain phishing pages that will manipulate the victims into entering in their Rakuten account credentials or private information.
In a similar way the hackers behind the threat may also send out phishing emails that impersonate the official site and may contain any of the following content: advertising, links to fake pages, password reset reminders and etc. Without regard to the included contents any interaction with the emails can lead to further virus infections.
Rakuten virus code can also be placed inside different types of files including the following examples:
- Malicious Documents — This is the creation of malicious documents that include dangerous macros code. These documents can be of all popular formats: spreadsheets, presentations, databases and text files. When they are opened by the users a prompt will asking them to enable the built-in scripts. If this is done the virus will be installed.
- Bundle Installers — This is a popular method which is the creation of numerous installers of popular application which are distributed to the target end users. This is done by taking the original and legitimate data from their official sources and modifying them to include the relevant malware code. The apps can be productivity tools, creativity suites, office programs and even computer games.
- Browser Plugins — The plugins, alternatively known as hijackers are usually found on the associated app repositories. They are uploaded with fake user reviews and developer credentials. The associated descriptions will include promises of new features addition and performance optimizations.
All of these files can be uploaded to file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent where both legitimate and pirate fies can be found. The infections can also be caused by other malicious threats that include the payload delivery code.
Rakuten Virus — What Does It Do?
As soon as one of the variants of the Rakuten virus has infected a given computer the built-in engine will start the built-in sequence of malicious actions based on the local conditions or the hackers instructions. Depending on the form and type of virus different effects can happen.
All web-based versions (sites, emails and hijackers) are commonly associated with the web browser activity. Their scripts will hijack the contained within information and transmit it to the operators. This includes the following: cookies, bookmarks, settings, history and even stored account credentials. What’s dangerous about having access to the browsers is that it provides a very easy way for the hackers to spy on the victims.
One of the most common consequences of web-based attacks is the manipulation of the browsers into opening up a hacker-controlled page. his will allow them to trick the users into interacting with malicious content that will be pushed to them in an intrusive way. The malicious sites can lead to the following behavior:
- Malware Redirects — When the pages are opened the users can be automatically redirected to another site via a script.
- Users Tracking — Using tracking cookies and other technologies the victims can be tracked across the sites in real-time. All of their activities will be transmitted to the hackers in real-time.
- Cryptocurrency Miners Installation — Many of the malicious web sites can lead to a miner infection. These are small-sized scripts that will download a sequence of complex mathematical tasks which will place a heavy toll on the performance of the machines: the CPU, memory, hard disk space and etc. For every reported successful task the hackers will be awarded with digital cryptocurrency.
- Adware Presentation — These pages can present intrusive ads in all popular forms: banners, pop-ups, text links and etc. For every display or interaction with them the hackers will receive payment by the advertisers.
All of these pages can be part of a worldwide network of connected sites which means that there is a high probability that the collected information may be part of a worldwide database of victim information. Once the collection has been amassed it can be used for various criminal activity or sold to interested parties on the dark web markets.
When the executable virus variants are concerned the victims can experience a wide variety of symptoms and consequences. One of the most common ones is the execution of a data harvesting component which can hijack both sensitive user information and create a complete profile of the available hardware. The collected data can be used for crimes such as identity theft and financial abuse. Some of the most recent attack campaigns also utilize the gained intelligence for blackmail attacks. The hardware profile that is generated after this component has run can result in the creation of an unique infection ID.
What’s more dangerous is that the Rakuten virus can also be used to manipulate various system settings and edit configuration files. This can allow for a persistent installation which is the automatic start-up of the virus as soon as the computer is powered on. Advanced viruses can also block access to the recovery boot options which means that the victims will be unable to enter them. This can present a serious problem to the users as they will be unable to follow most manual user removal instructions. In these situations we recommend that a professional anti-spyware solution is used.
If the virus infection includes any Windows Registry modifications then a wide variety of symptoms can be identified. One of the most common ones is severe performance degradation to the pont of causing system instability. The virus can also cause the display of multiple errors and data loss.
The malware can also be used to deploy other threats to the infected hosts. A popular and complex malware delivery can be Trojan horses that are made to establish a secure connection to a set hacker-controlled server and allows for the hackers to spy on the victims in real-time, steal their data and take over control of their computers at any time.
Another virus infection can be the cryptocurrency miner — a dangerous script-based threat which will activate a download sequence. It will retrieve small-sized mathematical tasks that will have a heavy impact on the system’s performance: the CPU, memory, hard disk space and etc. When one of them are reported as completed to the server the hackers will be rewarded with digital cryptocurrency directly to their wallets.
As the behavior can shift at any time we recommend that victims of the Rakuten virus remove it at as soon as possible following the initial infection.
Remove Rakuten Virus from Your Machine
In order to be able to remove Rakuten virus, you should know where it’s files and objects are hidden. The main idea is to follow the removal steps below. They are made to help you isolate the virus and detect and delete the malicious files. For the complete detection and removal of Rakuten Virus, however, we strongly suggest that you download and run a free scan with an advanced anti-malware software. Such tool will automatically identify and eliminate all of the virus files and objects, related to any Rakuten Virus from your computer plus protect it in the future too.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Rakuten Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Rakuten Virus on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Rakuten Virus in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Rakuten Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Rakuten Virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Rakuten Virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Rakuten Virus from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Rakuten Virus Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
About the Rakuten Virus Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Rakuten Virus how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on Rakuten Virus?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the Rakuten Virus threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
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2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates
How to Remove Rakuten Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Rakuten Virus
Step 2: Uninstall Rakuten Virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Rakuten Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Rakuten Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.
3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Step 4: Scan for Rakuten Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.
2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.
3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.
4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.
Video Removal Guide for Rakuten Virus (Windows).
Get rid of Rakuten Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Rakuten Virus and remove related files and objects
1.Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:
3.In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Rakuten Virus:
4.Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.
5.In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Rakuten Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.
6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference.
Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Rakuten Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.
7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Rakuten Virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:
2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:
3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Rakuten Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Rakuten Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Rakuten Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Video Removal Guide for Rakuten Virus (Mac)
Remove Rakuten Virus from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2:Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Rakuten Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Rakuten Virus from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Rakuten Virus from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Rakuten Virus will be removed.
Eliminate Rakuten Virus from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Rakuten Virus from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".
Rakuten Virus FAQ
What is Rakuten Virus?
The Rakuten Virus threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What are the symptoms of Rakuten Virus?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.
What types of Unwanted Programs are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to do if I have a "virus" like Rakuten Virus?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.
How to secure my passwords and other data from Rakuten Virus?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.