Do you know what Plurox is?
You might know already that Plurox is a backdoor Trojan, but what does that mean? That means that it was designed to create a path for other malicious infections. When this dangerous threat is executed on Windows, cyber attackers can send commands and drop new infections. Basically, this backdoor is a serious weapon, and it is hard to say how exactly the attackers would use it. In some cases, it could be used to steal information, and in others it could make it possible to add the infected system to a massive botnet, so that criminals could perform large-scale attacks. In fact, the backdoor itself comes with 3 plugins that can do some great damage without the introduction of additional threats. Needless to say, whether you need to remove one infection or a bunch of them, you want to act fast. Hopefully, you can delete Plurox without much trouble.
Did Plurox invade your operating system when you interacted with malicious links, ads, buttons, or files introduced to you online? Did the infection exploit unpatched vulnerabilities? Maybe a different infection made it possible for this backdoor to land on your computer. Unfortunately, it is hard to say how this malicious infection could invade your operating system. One thing is certain – if it slithers in, it jumps into action immediately. As we mentioned earlier, three plugins are used by Plurox. The UPnP plugin is set to check ports 135 and 445 ports to exploit local networks using available exploits. The SMB plugin is set to employ an EthernalBlue exploit to invade the local networks. These are the plugins that make it possible for the infection to perform the main commands. These include downloading and running files with the help of WinAPI CreateProcess, updating bots, deleting and stopping services, files, and registries, and, finally, downloading, running, updating, and stopping plugins. Basically, if you do not remove the infection right away, it can help attackers do whatever they want.
The third plugin used by Plurox is a miner. Whether it is used to distract you from the processes of the other two plugins, or it is solely added for the financial gain, you do not want it on your PC. A miner is a tool that helps cyber criminals earn crypto-currency without doing a thing. In general the process of mining is not meant to jeopardize your virtual security, and cyber criminals simply use the infected machines for the available resources. It would cost a lot of much money to buy and maintain hundreds or thousands of computers to mine crypto-currency. On the other hand, if they can slip in a miner into vulnerable systems, they can reap benefits without facing electricity bills and other maintenance issues. Ultimately, you want to remove Plurox miner because you will not benefit from it. In fact, if your system is older or weaker, all CPU power could be drained, and that could make your computer run slower or even crash. Irreparable damage could be done as well.
We strongly suggest removing Plurox from your operating system ASAP if this infection was found. The next step should be inspecting the system and removing all other threats that might have been dropped onto your PC without your knowledge. Can you do it manually? Maybe, you can. However, since most victims are unlikely to have the skills for it, we advise employing anti-malware software. It will ensure that all threats are found and deleted automatically. Also, it will protect you against attacks in the future.
Remove Plurox from Windows
- Launch Windows Explorer by tapping Win+E keys.
- Enter %ALLUSERSPROFILE% into the bar at the top.
- Delete all unfamiliar/malicious .exe files.
- Enter and %APPDATA% into the bar at the top.
- Delete all unfamiliar/malicious folders.
- Empty Recycle Bin and then scan your system once more to check for malware leftovers.
In non-techie terms:
When Plurox invades your system, you might not notice this infection. That is the point, because if you find it and recognize it as a threat, you are likely to delete it immediately. However, if you notice that your system is running slower than usual, or it has crashed randomly, you might be able to detect it during a system scan. Note that whenever something unusual happens, a full system scan is crucial. Hopefully, other threats do not exist, and you can delete Plurox manually, but if you are inexperienced, and if other threats are found, you should install a trusted anti-malware tool. Considering that it will be able to protect your system against Trojans and other malicious infections in the future, installing the tool is the best thing you can do right now.