How to remove Autohotkey trojan virus

Today's item is about the Trojan virus called Autohotkey, the methods of infection, and the methods to protect the computer from it. Here you will find easy and safe advices that will assist you to eliminate Autohotkey, and all the aftermath of its actions once and for all.

The object of the following guide is Autohotkey Trojan, on which we’ve been receiving more and more complaints recent days. If Autohotkey already penetrated the workstation, then you have to know how to remove it. Trojans are distinguished by their high efficiency, and are capable of actively resisting deletion, create their backups and reinstall after partial deletion. This problem can be solved easily, and in the end of this guide you'll see the efficient tips on Autohotkey elimination. Trojans don't penetrate the device solely, so you shouldn't aim at the deletion of one virus, but inspect the whole system. You can pass the informational part, but it's wiser to read the information about the Trojans, as it might help you avoid infection in the future.


What is Autohotkey trojan

Statistics show that Trojans make up most share of all unwanted software, according to usability and efficiency. Such goals in most cases have illegal or semi-legal properties, such as theft of passwords and crucial information, espionage, updating and maintaining already installed adware or botnets creation. The most significant disadvantage of Trojans is being explained by their name - Trojans cannot spread without victim's consent. Recent time, people think that all perilous or unwanted tools are viruses, but strictly speaking, viruses, in contradistinction to Trojans, know how to easily distribute themselves and get into the unprotected device. Trojan viruses can’t replicate themselves, and cannot infest the computer independently. After entering the machine, Trojan virus is very difficult to reveal without assistance of AV tools which makes it a very popular tool for web-criminals. All these things were said to demonstrate one easy idea: user shouldn't let Trojans to enter the device, because it's much harder to get rid of them then to neutralize them.

There's a common (and wrong) opinion that antiviral utility is capable of protecting your PC from malware. No antiviral utility can defend your system if you daily download and install adware. To make sure that the device is safe, you should forget about some dangerous habits, and act wisely on the Internet. You can achieve this aim through two easy methods:

  • The very effective way is to fully stop using tools of suspicious background. These principles concern any tool downloaded not from website of its developer or licensed vendors. Naturally, all pirated copies of paid utilities also are potentially malicious. If you stop downloading such software, the probability of infestation would be lowered to a minimum, and antivirus can easily cope with it.
  • If you aren't ready to fully forget about using not official content, you must carefully inspect all tools that you're going to install. Trojan programs most often hide under the guise of decent utilities such as AV programs, search engines, system optimizers, browsers, driver updaters and browser games. Don't install strange utilities from this list, and when any unlicensed program is installing - thoroughly follow the installation, canceling all suggestions for getting more software.

Abide to these advices and you'll clearly see the fruits: the machine will become fast, safe and workable, and will remain so forever.

Autohotkey removal instruction

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Usually we offer two methods to remove dangerous software, but unfortunately, dealing with Trojans, there are far fewer manners to find and uninstall them in manual mode. Trojan can be placed literally anywhere on the computer, so a novice user can make a mistake, delete a crucial data and harm the system. To avoid this, we have created an instruction that will help you to remove Autohotkey easily and effectively. Step #1 will be booting the PC in Safe Mode and inspecting system files. Stage #2 is downloading and installing Spyhunter anti-viral tool. Next stage will be to abide the guide, and after five minutes the PC will be back in service.

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab


Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

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