If you are using a 2017 Microsoft Office or WordPad version that has not been updated, your computer could be vulnerable to a Trojan known as RMS RAT. It is extremely dangerous, and if you continue reading our article, we can tell you what it might be capable of. Also, further in the article, we discuss where this malicious application might come from as well as how to deal with it manually. For your computer’s and your privacy’s safety, it is vital to eliminate the malware quickly before it has a chance to do any harm. To make it easier to get rid of it, we provide instructions showing how to remove RMS RAT manually just a bit below this article. In case you have any questions or need more help with it’s the Trojan’s deletion, do not forget you can leave us a message at the end of this report.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, the malicious application might appear on the system if it uses an unpatched Microsoft Office or WordPad version that has a vulnerability fixed back in 2017. The weakness is known as CVE-2017-0199, and if a computer has it, RMS RAT might sneak in after a victim opens a malicious file in disguise. For example, such data could be spread via emails and hackers distributing it could claim the malware’s launchers are sensitive documents that need to be opened right away, and so on.
Cybercriminals use various methods to convince their victims to open malicious files, so you have to stay alert. Firstly, we advise not to open data received from unknown senders. Next, it would be smart to scan all questionable files with a reliable antimalware tool before opening them. You should never rush opening data coming from untrustworthy sources, as files that might look harmless can appear to be dangerous. Thus, being extra cautious is crucial to keep away from Trojans like RMS RAT and other malicious applications.
If you open RMS RAT’s installer, the threat should create a couple of files with random names. One of it with a .tmp extension should appear in %HOMEDRIVE%, while the other one with .vbs extension ought to be placed in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. After this, the hackers who developed the Trojan might be able to take over the infected computer. It is possible they could install new programs on it, create more profiles with full user rights, as well as access user’s files. To be more precise, the malicious application’s developers might be able to not only view user’s files but also delete or change them. Therefore, if you have any data with sensitive or valuable information on it, keep in mind that RMS RAT’s creators might be able to view it. To prevent this happening and to regain control over your system, you should erase the Trojan at once.
The malicious application can be deleted manually, as shown in the instructions located at the end of his article. However, we do not recommend doing so if you have never dealt with Trojans on your own and do not want to take any chances. For users who might be inexperienced, we advise using a reliable security tool instead. Set it to perform a full system scan and then click the provided deletion button that ought to show up the scanning is over.