Cyber-criminals have always been evolving when it comes to attacking computer systems. And what is worse is that your home router may also be a victim of such malware. In this instructive article, we are going to explain to you how to check your home router for malware infections and fix it for free, without using any type of software for it.
It has been established that cyber- crooks prefer to attack central devices more. It may be more difficult for them, but the results are very rewarding because they gain access to the bottleneck through which all of the web traffic is passing. This means that they can display fake web pages to any of the devices connected to the router, like:
- Fake Facebook and other social media login pages.
- Fake online payment pages.
- Phishing web pages that prompt the user to login with his e-mail address and password.
- Malicious URLs that may infect the device with even more malware, like Petya Ransomware, which locks you out of your computer, for example.
Checking the Router for Malware
So, how to protect your router and how to neutralize this threat? This will happen effectively in case you follow the below-mentioned general instructions. They have been designed in general to help you check your home router’s settings and reset it.
Before starting, you should establish the default IP address and password of your router. This can happen via using two methods:
Method I: Checking the back of the router
In case you haven’t changed any settings on the router’s credentials, the information is usually visible on the back or below the router. Here is an example picture:
Method II(In case Method I is not working): Checking from a computer that is connected to the router.
1) Press + R.
2) Type “cmd” and then press Enter.
3) In the command prompt type the following command – “ipconfig” and press Enter.
4) Under “Wireless LAN adapter WiFi:” check the IP address on the field, called “Default Gateway”.
This is the IP address of your Router. If you do not have access to a command prompt, try entering the router using combinations of default IP addresses for routers.
5) Check your router model from the back of the device.
6) Go to the website Router Passwords and type your device to check the default user-name and password.
7) Go to your web browser after which type the IP address you discovered in 4) as the picture shows:
8) Type the admin username and password. If they are changed, go straight to resetting your router below
9) Login to your router and check the DNS settings. The usual location of the DNS settings is in the “Wireless Settings” category, but they may differ with different routers.
10) If your router has had a modified DNS, you should check the address using IP Whois and comparing the ISP (Internet Service Provider) if it is yours or not. You can also directly call your Internet provider to check the DNS for you.
Resetting Your Router
In case the router has been infected, you should immediately restart it. For that, you need to have the information provided above – default IP address of the router as well as default username and password. Here is how to reset your router.
1) Grab an object that is very thin and solid, such as a pen magazine or a hairpin.
2) Use it to reset your router by locating the reset button and pressing and holding it pushed with the object for 5~10 seconds similar to the picture below.
3) The router will restart, and everything will be set to default. You need to configure the router’s SSID and password because it will not be secured.
4) To reconfigure it, we advise using the quick setup otherwise known as setup wizard in your router. To do this, repeat the instructions in Step 7 from Method II.
5) After you click on it, the router will ask you to choose your connection type and security type:
6) Finally, you will be prompted to set the SSID, which is how your router appears to the public and of course your password. Make sure the password contains symbols, upper and lower case letters and at least 2 numbers, to make it more difficult to brute force.
Manually delete malware from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the malware threat: Manual removal of malware requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.