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Hit by Packed.Win32.Krap.hc, How to Remove It and Regain Functional PC

Destructive Packed.Win32.Krap.hc Trojan

remove Packed.Win32.Krap.hc

It is hard to imagine how dangerous can Packed.Win32.Krap.hc be as it is named by some random letters. Usually speaking, virus named by random letters can be either a fiddling item or an extremely destructive piece. Here are some consequences of being attacked by Packed.Win32.Krap.hc Trojan:

  1. The overall PC performance is degraded considerably.
  2. HD error would be incurred saying something similar to “HD critical error, Write Filed”.
  3. Most of the search results are bogus, which can be easily told when you compare them with those on a clean machine.
  4. Task Manager is disabled, so are some commonly used key combinations.
  5. Additional items like the spotted speedupmypc and flyplayer will be installed on the target machine without permission.
  6. The installed anti-virus program will not track down its location.


Packed.Win32.Krap.hc’s Features

As its name suggests, Packed.Win32.Krap.hc attacks Windows 32 bit platforms only. It has been categorized by security company as Trojan horse. Yet, it does more than an average Trojan. There are some features about Packed.Win32.Krap.hc that we should learn so as to know what the most effective solution is and how dangerous it is. Keep reading to find out. Any help will be gladly answered if one contacts VilmaTech Online Support by starting a live chat window here.

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The moment Packed.Win32.Krap.hc gets in a machine, it puts its hand to numerate and overwrite the critical drivers regarding startup configuration, security defense, Task Manager, system service and the like. By doing so, Packed.Win32.Krap.hc becomes capable of penetrating into system items and all these would finally benefit a last-long stay on a machine and do whatever it wants to with the ultimate goal for money.

Affect Browsers

Packed.Win32.Krap.hc contains a URL address and uses HTTP protocol in the communication; by creating and running a new thread with its own program code within processes concerning browsers, the Trojan horse becomes able to hook Windows APIs to modify network traffic and thus direct victims to the bogus site. If one updates virus knowledge from Global PC Support Center, one should know that JS and BHO techniques are basic in building a web page. However, with slight modification, they can contribute to recording any in-put information online. What’s worse, there are more virus embedded on the bogus web sites, any access to such web site will end up with unexpected infections.

Hide Itself up

Due to the success in writing its own data to the end of a physical drive, the Trojan horse has the capability to hide its generated files that present System (S) and Hidden (H) attributes in Windows Explorer; as soon as the entire installation finishes, Packed.Win32.Krap.hc deletes the original executable files in an attempt to dodge the detection by installed security utilities.

Packed.Win32.Krap.hc Survives from Disk Format

The error message prompting up after Packed.Win32.Krap.hc affection implies that the Trojan horse uses VBR (Volume Boot Record) infection (NTFS bootstrap code) for loading unsigned kernel-mode drivers. This would replace the original VBR of the hard disk drive with its own data. Due to the fact that boot record does not belong to any disk, normal disk format will not help remove Packed.Win32.Krap.hc.

There’s no hesitation in removing Packed.Win32.Krap.hc, but how is it possible when it is capable of destroying security defense? Technicians from VilmaTech Online Support would recommend hard disk low level format to make the Trojan removal and combine with some further steps. Follow the below instruction to help yourself. If you are confused about the steps, please do feel free to get one-to-one assistance by starting a live chat here.

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Effective Way to Remove Packed.Win32.Krap.hc

Step1. Start removing Packed.Win32.Krap.hc with changing the partitions.

  1. Access Control Panel.
    Windows 7/XP/Vista – click on Start menu and select Control Panel.
    Windows 8 – click on “Unpin” menu in the left-hand corner of the Start screen to select Control Panel.
    access control panel in Windows8
  2. Please then choose System and Security followed by Administrative Tools.
  3. Double-click Computer Management to locate Storage in the left pane.
  4. Next access Disk Management to right-click the volume you want to shrink and select Shrink Volume.
    disk management
  5. Follow on-screen instructions to finish the re-partition.

Step2. Execute hard disk low level format to make Packed.Win32.Krap.hc removable.

  1. Disconnect the HD and reconnect it to the affected machine.
  2. Wait for the system to identify it.
  3. As soon as the system identifies the HD, please press down Win key and R key at once to get Run box.
  4. Type the command as shown below:
    dd command
  5. Hit Enter key will low level formatting the HD.
  6. It would take a long while to finish due to churning CPU (5-6 hours is required to low-level format a disk as large as 500GB).

Step3. Reset browser settings to get back normal pages from the bogus ones.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on Tools menu to choose Internet Options.
  2. Please then navigate to Advanced tab and press on Restore Defaults button.
    reset IE

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on the Firefox button to get a list of options.
  2. Choose Help to select Troubleshooting information.
  3. A new window will pop up, please press on ‘Reset Firefox’ button contained in that window.
    reset Firefox

Google Chrome

  1. Click on ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ menu to select ‘Options’.
  2. Navigate to ‘Under the Hood’ tab to press on ‘Reset to Defaults’ button.
    reset Chrome

Step4. Show hidden items to remove the ones related to Packed.Win32.Krap.hc.

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  1. Access ‘Control Panel’ from Start menu to click open “user accounts and family safety”.
  2. Please then access ‘Folder Options’ to tap its View tab.
  3. Tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ and non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.
    show hidden files on WIndows7/Vista/XP to remove the items hidden and dropped by Packed.Win32.Krap.hc
  4. Press on ‘OK’ button will show you all hidden items.

Windows 8

  1. Click open Windows Explorer on Start screen and browse to View tab.
  2. Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.
  3. Press on ‘OK’ button will show you all hidden items.
    show hidden files on WIndows8 to remove the items hidden and dropped by  Packed.Win32.Krap.hc

Please navigate to the following listed locations respectively to remove the ones created on and after the day Packed.Win32.Krap.hc was firstly detected according to the anti-virus program log.

C:\Users\[your username]\Documents\
C:\Program Files\


Packed.Win32.Krap.hc Removal Tips

  • One should employ extreme cautions when executing low level formatting as any slight mistake would end up with total, absolute, irrecoverable destruction of your critical data.
  • Be noted that the way to access certain directory can be different due to the OS installed. This is why certain level of computer skills and knowledge is required to carry out the above offered steps.
  • A complete removal is required. If one removes Packed.Win32.Krap.hc without removing the accompanied ones, the Trojan horse would stage back with even more destructive attribute.
  • The items dropped by Packed.Win32.Krap.hc can be random, it greatly depends on where you go online after its harassment. If one do not know how to remove the additional infections, please seek the corresponding solution in virus reservoir or simply ask for expert help by contacting VilmaTech Online Support.

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 Create Restore Point after Removing Packed.Win32.Krap.hc

It is recommended to do so in the age when virus are flooded on the Internet. Though the restore point won’t help remove virus at some point, it could at least alleviate the manual removal by reducing some mechanical issues. This could help reach quick fix before more infections are warming into the compromised machine. Learn how to create a restore point, follow the video below.


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