How to remove Cisco router Vulnerability CVE-2018-0296 Email Spam


A few days ago, very strange messages in e-mail were received from different addresses. They contain information that dangerous Trojan via Cisco router vulnerability CVE-2018-0296 infected your system. And now hackers want to get some Bitcoins to their wallet.

This vulnerability is real and it has been noticed on Cisco web site. The first date, when vulnerability was detected is 2018 June 6 and last update was in 15 October. CVE-2018-0296 uses the web interface of the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance that allow doing remote attack on the device. It applies to IPv4 and IPv6 HTTP traffic. To check if your device can be in the list of attacked one, you can visit Cisco site.

In the case, you are the one, who received weird e-mail, it’s stronger recommend to check system with antivirus, change all important password and update your software.

How to check system completely


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

You can use every trusted program you want. We even have an article how to choose the best one: antivirus programs choise. Concretely to check CVE-2018-0296 vulnerability, scan the system by trial version of Spyhunter antimalware.

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

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

Deactivate Safe mode

What is Trojan

Experts declare that Trojan software make up the largest percentage of all undesired programs, due to easiness in use and effectiveness. The regular examples of such goals are the steal of passwords and important information, botnets building, espionage or updating and maintaining already installed viruses. Despite the abundance of advantages, Trojans got one significant disadvantage - they cannot penetrate user's PC without his help. Many users believe that virus is anything that is not good for their systems, but viruses, unlike Trojans, can easily distribute themselves and penetrate the defenseless device. Trojans efficiently infest devices with help of other viruses or with victim's help, but cannot do it on their own. After infecting the system, the Trojan is very hard to discover without help of special programs, which makes it such an effective tool for web-criminals. We say all this to show one easy thought: you should keep Trojans away from the system, because it is much harder to delete them then to neutralize them.

Many users believe that to prevent viral infection they just need to purchase an antivirus, but it's not true. No antiviral tool can help you if you download new adware every day. Nevertheless, if you'll help your AV tool to work, and won't prevent him from working, the system will be protected. It's not difficult, and you will have to listen to one of the following rules:

  • If you're not ready to absolutely abandon the use of not official utilities, you should carefully examine all utilities that you are installing. Trojans most often hide under the guise of helpful utilities such as browser games, special software, search engines, browsers, driver updaters and system optimizers. Do not install weird utilities from the above list, and while any pirated tool is installing - carefully follow the installation, declining all offers for installing extra programs.
  • The easiest choice is to completely quit using utilities of suspicious background. These rules concern any utility downloaded not from website of its developer or trusted vendors. Of course, the cracked copies of licensed programs must also be treated as probably malicious. If you stop installing suchlike programs, the chances of infection would be lowered to minimal, and AV-software can quickly cope with this minimum.

Abide to these advices and you'll immediately feel their fruits: your device will become fast, workable and safe, and will be so for a long time.


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