What Is VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!F?
VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!F is detected by MSE as a malware that attack users’ computers for malicious purposes. It usually spreads via removable devices, sharing files, spam email attachments, social networks, and malicious websites. This malware has some relationship with the file named autorun.inf. This file is not malicious itself and it is used when the user attempts to open certain programs, applications and disc. However, some rogue hackers take advantage of the function of this file and create the malware for malicious purposes. Once this malware settles down in your computer, it will drop the copies of autorun.inf file, which is malicious, to your C drive. Then this malware will replace the text of the default “Open” entry in the Autoplay dialog to “Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer”. And as a result, when the action is select, the malware will be executed instead of Windows Explorer. When it is executed, it will take over your Internet Explorer and redirect your search results to other unwanted websites. Thus, the hackers can make money via the increasing website traffic and pay-per-click ads within the websites. You should quickly remove VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!F, for it can cause some trouble to you, like slow PC performance, system crashes, popping-up ads, more malicious attacks, and even identify theft.
Note: The manual removal is a complicated and risky task which should only be attempted by advanced computer users. If you are less-experienced in computer operation, please download and use a powerful removal tool to remove the malware right now.
How to Manually Remove VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!F
Note: This malware can be removed in the manual way. However, if you are not proficient in computer, it is not recommended that you remove the malware manually. If you insist on doing that, it is strongly suggested that you back up your registry files first.
Step 1: Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking.
a. Reboot your infected computer and press the function key F8 a few time until you see the Windows menu on the screen.
b. Select the “Safe Mode with Networking” from the list with the up and down arrow keys and press Enter.
Step 2: Open the Windows Task Manager to kill the processes related to VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!F.
a. Press Ctrl+ Alt+ Del together to open the Windows Task Manager.
b. Go to “Processes” to search for any processes related to the malware.
c. Kill them by selecting them and clicking on the “End Process” button.
Step 3: Delete the files related to the malware from your computer completely.
%System%\[NAME OF AN EXISTING DLL]32.dll
Step 4: Enter the Registry Editor to remove registry entries associated with VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!F.
Step 5: Reboot your computer in the normal mode and check whether the malware has been deleted completely.
What if the malware is still on your computer after finishing the manual removal steps? If it is the case, the recommended way to get rid of VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!F is to use an automatic removal tool which is able to automatically detect and delete all malicious files and registry entries of the malware from your computer within clicks.
Tips to Combat Malware on Your Computer
1. Keep your computer operating system updated. To well protect your computer from malware is to make sure that your operating system is up-to-date. This is very important if you are running a Microsoft Windows Operating System.
2. Install reliable antivirus program on your computer and regularly update it to the latest version. You have to ensure that your antivirus program has capability of detecting and removing the latest new malwares, Trojan horses, viruses, spywares and worms.
3. Use a firewall to block attacks from the online world. A reliable firewall is able to protect your computer from outside attempts to control or gain access to your computer. It can also provide additional protection against the common threats.
4. Don’t open spam email attachments, click links in emails sent by unknown people, download free software from trustless sources, or visit malicious websites.