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Vega Stealer Malware (Trojan) – How to Remove It from PC

This article has been created in order to help you by explaining what is the Vega Infostealer malware and how to remove this threat completely from your computer.

The Vega Stealer malware is the type of virus whose primary purpose is to slither into your computer while remaining undetected and steal important information from it. The Vega Info stealer can also perform other spyware and malicious activities and even go as far as to download malware directly on your computer. In case you see any signs of the Vega Stealer residing in your computer we advise you to read this article in order to learn how to take the necessary steps to remove this malware from your computer.

Threat Summary

Name Vega Infostealer
Type Trojan Horse
Short Description Aims to steal information stealing malware and then use it to gather data from your computer and send it to cyber-criminals.
Symptoms Your Web Browser may start to perform various different types of .
Distribution Method Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Vega Stealer Malware – How Does It Infect

The primary method of infection which is used by the Vega Info stealer is similar to what over 80% of the malware does to infect computers and this is to slither malicious e-mail attachments embedded within spam e-mails. These e-mail attachments have the one and only purpose is to trick you into opening the e-mail attachments embedded within them. These e-mail attachments aim to convince users to download the attachment using big companies as a pretext, for example:

The attachment is often portrayed as an important document, like an invoice, receipt, online order confirmation and other similar such.

These types of documents usually may be JavaScript types of files, vbs scripts and executable files but the most modern way to infect victims is via Microsoft Office documents that may contain malicious macros embedded within them:

Vega Stealer – Analysis

Once Vega Stealer has been installed on your computer, the malware may start to perform a variety of tasks and activities on your computer. These tasks have the one and only purpose to firstly check your computer for different details:

  • If it has already been infected by this virus.
  • It’s system information.
  • Security software installed.

Then, if everything checks out, the Vega Stealer drops multiple different files on the computer of the victims. These files may be temporary or executable type of modules and they may run with escalated privileges on your computer. The files may reside in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Temp%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%

Once the malicious files are downloaded onto the user’s computer, they may start to alter different system settings, such as:

  • Create scheduled tasks to run automatically.
  • Modify the Run and RunOnce Windows registry sub-keys.
  • Make it as if the malicious files are ran as legitimate Windows processes, like inject malicious code into svchost.exe in order to conceal the malware from Antivirus and other protection software.

Then, the malware may trigger it’s functions which are quite a lot, the main of which is to steal different types of information objects from your computer, like:

  • Passwords.
  • Financial Information.
  • Steal files by copying them and sending them to third-party hosts.
  • Take screenshots.
  • Use keyloggers to collect information about what you type.
  • Enable your camera.

In addition to this, the Vega Info stealer can also perform other activities in the computer of the user, such as get users to perform multiple different activities other than stealing files, similar to what most malware usually does all the time:

  • Update itself.
  • Download other viruses on your computer.
  • Install adware and spyware modules.
  • Create copies of itself in case you remove it’s main file.

Remove Vega Stealer from Your Computer Completely

If you want to remove this info stealer from your PC, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created in order to help you delete this malware either manually or automatically from your computer. If manual removal does not do the job for you, we recommend that you remove this malware automatically, preferably by downloading and running a scan via an advanced anti-malware software, as most experts recommend. This is because such software will effectively make sure that all of the malicious software is removed from your PC and that it remains protected against future infections as well.

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How to Remove Vega Infostealer from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Vega Infostealer

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Vega Infostealer 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Vega Infostealer on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Vega Infostealer 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.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Vega Infostealer with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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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.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Vega Infostealer from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Vega Infostealer and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Vega Infostealer:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


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 Vega Infostealer. 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 Vega Infostealer. 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 Vega Infostealer 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

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 Vega Infostealer. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Vega Infostealer 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.


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Erase Vega Infostealer 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.



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Uninstall Vega Infostealer 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.



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Remove Vega Infostealer 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Vega Infostealer will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Vega Infostealer 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.


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