Win32/Sirefef.GC is a Trojan horse that attacks Windows 32 bit computers. It comes from Sirefef family that features the capabilities of:
It is quite troublesome to get infected by Win32/Sirefef.GC as many more unknown items will be installed without permission to consume plenty of internal resource, leaving little to hinder pivotal parts of a system to fully play.
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, PUP.Optional.OptimizerPro.A and PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A have been found to be always with Win32/Sirefef.GC affection. This implies that Win32/Sirefef.GC is bundled with some software, adware and other web applications for propagation; besides, the Sirefef Trojan is willing to cooperate with other items and have them, for example help with the modification work such as modifying DNS settings so that some vicious deeds will not be hindered or detected by the build-in security defense system.
The following files have been found to be replaced by the items generated and deleted by Win32/Sirefef.GC to confuse the affected machine:
They are .dll (Dynamic Link Library) files with the capability of assigning multiple tasks at one time. By doing so, any click on executable files will activate Win32/Sirefef.GC, prevent the machine as well as victims from tracking it down and enable the Sirefef Trojan horse to modify the drivers concerning critical part of a system as well as write its running into background processes.
In sum, Win32/Sirefef.GC is so highly elusive that anti-virus programs are not able to remove it completely and thoroughly. Manual way is thus recommended. However, certain level of computer skills and virus knowledge is required to carry out the following offered removal thread without being confused by some vicious items resembling system ones. Should you need specialized technical help, just start a live chat here.
1. end the processes related to Win32/Sirefef.GC.
2. end the services related to Win32/Sirefef.GC.
3. show hidden files and folders to remove the ones related to Win32/Sirefef.GC.
a. remove temp files.
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet File
b. remove the items generated by Win32/Sirefef.GC when and after the Trojan was firstly flagged by the installed anti-virus program.
To identify the ones generated when and after the Trojan was firstly flagged by the installed anti-virus program, one should:
When done, please navigate to the following directories respectively and remove the related ones:
The ultimate purpose of Win32/Sirefef.GC is money even though it never stops dropping down additional suspicious items and virus to damage a machine. Actually, by dropping down virus, Win32/Sirefef.GC could gain profitable commission. Besides, as the online marketing becomes more and more competitive, online operators thirst for PC users’ information for better promotion. By selling the recorded information to them, Win32/Sirefef.GC can get a large sum of money.
As Win32/Sirefef.GC rages recently and it owns wide range of dissemination routines, any carelessness would end up with Win32/Sirefef.GC again even though a complete and thorough removal was made. Therefore, it is recommended to remove the additional items dropped down by the Sirefef Trojan in the process.
Be noted that what offered above is removal thread, it helps you to find out the related items rather than offering the exact ones for victims, which is impossible as the name of the dropped down items could vary from one OS to another. Should you need exclusive help according to your concrete situation, it is recommended to contact Vilmatech Online Support by starting a live chat here.
It is advisable to create a restore point after removing Win32/Sirefef.GC completely and the additional items. It is hard to guarantee that no affection will happen in the future as cyber criminals keep attacking the Internet in an attempt to get money greedily. Once the next affection occurs, restore to the previous point would at least alleviate mechanical troubles when it isn’t able to kill the infection, so that the quick removal could prevent further harms effectively. Here’s the video to show how: