GoBot2 is a Trojan that can be customized according to the likes and preferences of its owners. It means that the code of this infection is available in public. According to security researchers, this open-source malware has been available since 2017, and different versions of this program can be heavily customized, which would make them very different from one another.
Getting infected with Trojans is an annoying experience because you might not even notice that the infection has entered your system. But at least it is possible to remove GoBot2 for good, and then go back to your usual routine.
Depending on the GoBot2 version that tries to attack you, this infection might use different methods to reach your system. There is a GoBot2 version that attacked users in South Korea through torrent websites. It means that this Trojan employs the usual Trojan distribution tactics when the program pretends to be something else, and enters the target system under the pretence that it can do something beneficial (hence, the name Trojan). However, once the program is installed on the target system, it connects to its command and control (C2) center for further instructions, and then, whatever happens to your system depends on the attacker.
For the most part, GoBot2 is used to turn the compromised system into a bot, so that it could be connected to a far bigger botnet. After that, the bot can be used to launch DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) against a certain victim. Aside from that, your system can turn into a puppet for the owner of this Trojan, and it can perform a lot of things behind your back. For instance, it can easily access websites, execute files, commands, and scripts. Keep in mind that everything will have in the background, and you will probably not notice anything out of the ordinary unless GoBot2 starts acting up.
It doesn’t mean, however, that the Trojan cannot do something that will definitely look suspicious. For example, we do know for sure that GoBot2 can shut down, reboot, and log off your computer. So, if your system restarts out of the blue, and it is a common occurrence, you might want to run a full system scan with a legitimate security tool. It is also very likely that GoBot2 can copy itself into other directories to affect other systems. The Trojan has the ability to copy itself into cloud storage services, like Google Drive or Dropbox. So, if anything opens the malicious file through those storage services on another system, GoBot2 will infect them, too.
There is an entire list of tactics you might need to employ if you want to avoid GoBot2. We have to consider the fact that the Trojan would spread through a number of different websites and spam campaigns. Also, please bear in mind that you always expose yourself to potential infections when you download pirated content or when you download freeware from file-sharing websites. It would be for the best to scan the downloaded files with a security tool before opening. Also, do not forget to keep your security program updated because it needs to have the latest malware definitions.
Below this description, you will find the manual removal instructions for GoBot2. However, if you do not want to deal with it manually, you can always remove the Trojan with a security tool of your choice. Also, make sure that you scan your system with a security application regularly. While most of the malware infections are quite obnoxious and obvious, Trojans often hide in the background, and users often don’t know that something is wrong. So, the sooner you detect GoBot2, the better.