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Rane.exe, Generic Dropper.agu Detection and Removal

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TypeTrojan horse
Short DescriptionOnce dropped onto the system, the Trojan will modify registry elements and attempt to accomplish a network connection.
SymptomsUnpermitted system alterations.
Distribution MethodVia spam emails, corrupted links, drive-by downloads, etc.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Rane.exe

In some cases, malware is reported to take over certain .exe files to spread onto computers. In other instances, .exe files sneak into the system and turn out to be Trojan horses or other types of malicious software. If you have noticed rane.exe running in the background, you should be aware that your PC may have been exposed to malware. Rane.exe has been identified by several anti-virus programs under various names.p16_0000

McAfee has detected it as Generic Dropper.agu, Symantec – as WS.Reputation.1, and Kaspersky – Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Agent.jmft. The detection rate for rane.exe is quite high, even though some programs haven’t succeeded in detecting it (e.g. Avira). According to the detection results, rane.exe belongs to a Trojan horse and should be removed entirely.

Rane.exe Distribution Path and Threat Description

Trojan horses can sneak into the system via spam emails, corrupted links, and websites (drive-by downloads), or downloading infected files. Some Trojans act as backdoors, connecting to a remote host to execute a number of malicious operations. Once the Trojan is inside the system, it may change files and registry keys.

According to McAfee’s report, Generic Dropper.agu:

  • Tries to write to a memory location of a previously loaded process.
  • Takes account of various system files and directories.
  • Adds or modifies Internet Explorer cookies.
  • Tries to write to a memory location of a process of unknown origin.

Here is a list of the files that have been added to the affected system:

  • %TEMP%\Trojan.exe
  • %TEMP%\Trojan.exe.tmp
  • %USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\5cd8f17f4086744065eb0992a09e05a2.exe

The Trojan also creates new system elements:


and changes others:




Generic Dropper.agu is also reported to attempt connecting to the following network connection:


If the connection is successful, other malware pieces may be dropped onto the system.

Rane.exe Removal Options

You can refer to the step-by-step tutorial given below the article to remove the Trojan. First you need to run your PC in Safe Mode. After following the instructions, scanning the system via professional anti-malware software is still highly advisory. To stay guarded against malware, remember to update frequently your anti-virus program.

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1. Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Rane.exe

1. Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Rane.exe.

For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
2. Select one of the two options provided below:

For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Step 1: Open the Start Menu
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Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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Step 6: Click on Restart.
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Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.

2. Remove Rane.exe automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

2. Remove Rane.exe automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

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It is highly recommended to run a system scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter.


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