Vpntop is supposed to be a VPN program that claims to be the "Best VPN for China, Best VPN for UAE Dubai"; however, we have found after careful testing that this program is indeed a Trojan that can practically fry your computer. Although we cannot say that it works as a VPN program at all, we can definitely confirm that this Trojan is mainly used to install a Bitcoin miner that can continuously run your CPU and graphics card on 100% that can easily cause hardware damage if your PC does not have proper cooling system. Therefore, the presence of this Trojan should be taken seriously. If you experience visible changes in the performance of your computer both graphically and operationally, you should check your system for this Trojan or any other that may have the same effect. Although more and more users turn to VPN software for all kinds of reasons, you should also understand that cyber criminals see a good opportunity here to infect these users with all kinds of threats through such programs. We advise you to remove Vpntop right away if you do not want to hit rock bottom.
There are basically two ways for you to end up with this Trojan on board. You may find its official page at vpntop.com where you can download its three-day trial version or the $10 per month version after you sign up for an account. You should always be careful with such websites and software because if it is an unreliable one, it may not be such a good idea to give your e-mail address to schemers. For example, cyber crooks may use your e-mail to send you all kinds of promotional material or even ransomware infections. Looking at this site does not really strike you like you are dealing with a professional product. Since there is little chance that anyone would actually find this website, the creators need to distribute this Trojan in more effective ways.
One such method is called bundling. Cyber crooks like to use this method because it is quite easy to infect lots of unsuspecting computer users with a bunch of threats at the same time. You can download such an infectious software package when you download a free program from an unreliable source like a suspicious freeware or torrent page. These sites generally promote questionable third-party installers that can be packed with several potentially unwanted applications and malware infections, such as Trojans, browser hijackers, adware programs, fake alerts, and more. But this is not the only way to drop such a bunch onto your machine. As a matter of fact, it is quite easy to get infected through such a bundle even when you click on the wrong third-party advertisement. Such ads can also be disguised and pose as fake download or navigational button on suspicious sites that promote an annoying number of questionable third-party content. Yet another way for you to be introduced to unsafe third-party content is to have malware infections on your system like adware programs and browser hijackers. All in all, the safest for you to do is delete Vpntop immediately and then, use a reliable online malware scanner to identify all other possible threats on your computer that you will have to address.
After you register for you free trial, you get a download link that is supposed to download your VPN Top software that does not even exist as such. Instead, you download a program called "shadowsocks.exe" that is claimed to be "secured socket5 tunneling technology" but we beg to differ. When you run this program, it downloads silently in the background a Bitcoin miner program and installs it here: "%HOMEDRIVE%\Applications\websocks.exe." It also creates a task file as "%WINDIR%\System32\ShadowsocksS," which will run the miner. This Bitcoin miner starts mining "mine2.12finance.com" and it constantly keeps your computer running at 100%, which can seriously damage your CPU and even your graphics card if it also uses such resource. This Trojan does not seem to work as a real VPN service at all but it can severely harm your PC within a short time if you do not have proper cooling. You will most probably notice the presence of this malware infection since your application windows will open much slower and the overall operation of your PC will become very slow indeed to serve the miner in the background. We recommend that in order to protect your computer you remove Vpntop right away.
Please follow our instructions below if you are ready to act manually. First, you need to kill the malicious process and then, you can take care of the rest of the related files. It is not too complicated to eliminate this Trojan even if you are not an experienced computer user. Please note that there may be other threats on your PC that need to be address in order to secure your system. If you do not think you can handle these yourself, you may want to download and install a powerful anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter.
|#||File Name||File Size (Bytes)||File Hash|
|1||websock.exe||5270528 bytes||MD5: 5d8dbf60120617dd57f4ee851cd32fb6|
|#||Process Name||Process Filename||Main module size|