Trojan:HTML/Phish

Trojan:HTML/Phish is a computer virus that was designed to steal various user’s credentials from the infected computer. This is a detection given by Microsoft Defender Antivirus to identify this specific type of phishing virus. Just like any other data-stealer virus, this threat was designed to steal sensitive information, including usernames, passwords, online credentials, or any other important data as defined in the virus code. Aside from that, Trojan:HTML/Phish also logs the hardware and software information from the infected system, installed programs, and security settings for the anti-virus and firewall.

Trojan:HTML/Phish aims to deceive users by pointing them to a mimic website that asks for credentials, including email addresses, usernames, and passwords. Sometimes, this detection will appear if the antivirus program detects that the web user is browsing an infected website. Generally, this threat was designed to steal sensitive information from web users. It is vital to get rid of Trojan:HTML/Phish as soon as possible to avoid data theft.

How does it infect the computer?

Common ways to propagate a copy of Trojan:HTML/Phish include mass-mailing campaigns. In this scheme, the virus is sent as a misleading letter purporting to be from a legitimate company, organization, refutable person, or institution. The messages in the email usually contain vital information intended to influence computer users into executing the attached file.

One more thing: compromised web sites that redirect users to Trojan:HTML/Phish locations are reported as another channel that attackers are utilizing to propagate this virus. Cracked software, serial key generators, and misleading online ads are also used to drop a copy of Trojan:HTML/Phish on target computers.

How does this malware operate?

If a user accidentally executes Trojan:HTML/Phish, it will drop malicious files in the Windows folder. Moreover, it will organize a start-up method by injecting registry entries. As soon as it is active on the computer, Trojan:HTML/Phish establishes constant communication with a remote server in order to download more threats.

It was observed that Trojan:HTML/Phish will make changes to the Windows firewall to allow network traffic that is required for this virus to send gathered data to a remote command-and-control server. Any kind of running processes that are associated with security software will also be disabled by Trojan:HTML/Phish to avoid detection and removal.

List of Trojan:HTML/Phish Variants
Version Name Alert Level Date Added
Trojan:HTML/Phish Severe Jan. 10, 2013
Trojan:HTML/Phish.JE!MTB Severe Jul. 06, 2020
Trojan:HTML/Phish.SMK!MSR Severe Oct. 16, 2020
Trojan:HTML/Phish is also detected as:
Avast HTML:PhishingGog-MP [Phish]
Avira HTML/Infected.WebPage.Gen2
BitDefender Trojan.GenericKD.65070255
ESET-NOD32 HTML/Phishing.Agent.FU
F-Secure Trojan.HTML.Phishing
Fortinet HTML/Phishing.IU!tr
McAfee HTML/Phishing.bz
Sophos Troj/Phish-FNF
TrendMicro HTML_MALPHISH.TICOGBM

How to remove Trojan:HTML/Phish?

To totally remove Trojan:HTML/Phish 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish, 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish. 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish.

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 Trojan:HTML/Phish 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish.

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

After executing the above instructions, Trojan:HTML/Phish 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish. 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish, 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 Trojan:HTML/Phish. The process may take a while to complete.

7. After the scan, Delete/Quarantine identified threats, whether they were relevant to Trojan:HTML/Phish 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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