One virus that takes advantage of the vulnerability in the internet browser program in order to infect the computer is called Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A. This threat cleverly exploits the vulnerable software to infiltrate the computer and make the necessary changes it needs to operate in the system. Technically, Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A is a surveillance or data-stealing malware that can steal different kinds of information from infected devices, including location, files, images, videos, and social networking data.

Illustration for Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A

How does it infect the computer?

Several campaigns are being utilized to deploy Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A. Previously, the infection occurred when the web user clicked on a compromised news website publishing stories about Hong Kong protests and relevant news or topics. This was called a watering hole attack, where the attackers are compromising legitimate news sites by injecting malicious code. When users pay a visit to these websites, their device can become infected with Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A.

Recently, it evolved into a social media campaign, and it now uses phishing attacks to attract clicks from web users. Web users may acquire Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A accidentally while downloading supposed software updates emerging from suspicious websites.

How does this malware operate?

Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A is said to be working in stages as it enters the computer. After exploiting known vulnerabilities in the browser or system, especially the WebKit flaws within Safari on Mac systems, the virus proceeds to the next payload,, which is to download a utility where it is able to encrypt or decrypt a malicious ZIP file containing executable files. A shell script is then utilized to unpack the files, which provides root access for Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A and allows it to run during the startup.

At the last stage of the attack, Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A downloads and executes the core payload, which also acts as the plugin. With this, the attackers can now communicate directly with the infected computer through a command-and-control (C&C) server. The core payload of Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A is also said to be able to execute shell commands towards the breached device, configure its network settings, and work discretely while inside the device.


Antivirus and efficient security programs could pose a warning if they detected the existence of Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A on a device. Aside from this, users may also see unwanted plugins or applications on the device, which they may not recall installing.

How to remove Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A?

To totally remove Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A from the computer and get rid of relevant viruses and trojans, please execute the procedures as stated on this page. Make sure that you have completely scanned the system with the suggested malware removal tools and virus scanners.

Step 1 : Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner for Windows

Combo Cleaner is a trusted computer security and optimization tool equipped with a powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of computer virus like Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the database file; please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A, click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner PC

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A malware, including all malicious objects from the computer.

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if you are comfortable manually getting rid of the computer virus and malicious items linked to it.

Step 2 : Start Windows in Safe Mode With Networking

The method of running Windows in Safe Mode before running a virus scan is effective in getting rid of Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A. This process can prevent most viruses and malware from loading, making it easier to detect and remove them.

1. On the Windows Search bar, please type msconfig.

Screenshot of Win 11 Search

2. Select and open System Configutation on the list of found results.

3. Once you are in the System Configuration window, go to the Boot tab.

Screenshot of Msconfig Win 11

4. Under the Boot Options area, please check Safe Boot so that it starts in Safe Mode after restarting.

5. Next, select Network. This will allow Windows to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

6. Lastly, click on Apply and OK to save the changes.

7. Please restart Windows.

Do not forget to restore the normal boot process of Windows after running the virus scan. Simply repeat the method above, and this time, uncheck the Safe Boot option to run Windows normally.

Step 3 : Run Sophos Home Virus Scanner

To remove Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful virus and malware removal tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware; it is also effective in discovering harmful files associated to Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A.

1. Please click on the link below to download the program.

2. After downloading, locate the file SophosInstall.exe in the Downloads folder.

3. Install by double-clicking on the file.

4. If it prompts "Do you want to allow this app to make changes on your device?" please click Yes.

5. Next, it will display the Terms and Conditions page. Click the Install button to begin.

Screenshot of Terms by Sophos Home

6. Run the installation with the default settings. Please note that an internet connection is required in order to download important updates.

7. After finishing the installation, you must login to the dashboard. If you already have a Sophos account, please login. Otherwise, please enter your details and click on the Create Account button.

8. Once you are in the Sophos Home console, click the Scan button to start checking the computer for Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A components.

Screenshot of Sophos Home

9. Scanning may take a while; please wait for this process to finish.

10. After scanning the computer, Sophos Home will start cleaning or deleting files infected with Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A.

11. You may now close Sophos Home. The computer is now free from Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A, as well as associated malware and viruses.

After executing the above instructions, Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A should have been completely removed from the computer. If there are still signs of infection or the computer is displaying unusual behaviors, please continue with the remaining procedures.

Another alternative for Windows 10/11 users is to scan the computer with Microsoft Defender Offline. This will run a virus scan in the recovery environment.

Step 4 : Double Check with Windows Security Apps

Microsoft Windows has a built-in security application that you can use to double-check if your computer is still infected with Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A. For Windows 10/11 users, please run Windows Security.

Windows 10 / 11 Instructions:

Windows Security is a free tool that was built to help you remove Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A, viruses, and other malicious items from Windows 10/11 systems. Follow these procedures to scan your computer with the tool:

1. Tap or click the Search charm and search for Windows Security

2. Click Open to run the program.

Screenshot of Win 11 Search

3. On the Dashboard, click Virus and threat protection from the sidebar.

Screenshot of Win 11 Virus Protection

4. On the right panel, click on Scan Options to see different levels of checking the computer.

5. Next, please select Full Scan button.

Screenshot of Full Scan Win 11

6. Lastly, click on the Scan now button to start scanning for the presence of Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A. The process may take a while to complete.

7. After the scan, Delete/Quarantine identified threats, whether they were relevant to Exploit:HTML/LightSpy.A or not. You may now restart Windows to complete the virus removal process.

For Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, you can scan the computer for free with the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT 64-Bit). It is a stand-alone virus scanner tool that targets prevalent malware groups.

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