Having your PC infected with Maazben malware does not sound like a good thing, and when it hits you, it’ll be terrible. Maazben can cause quite a bit of nuisance on your computer and make it vulnerable to other forms of malware as well.
Is Maazben dangerous? How do you protect your PC from Maazben? How do you remove the malware if it has infected your computer? We will answer these and other frequently asked Maazben related questions in this post.
What Is Maazben?
- Name: Maazben
- Risk level: Medium
- Discovery date: 18/09/2016
- File size: Unknown
- Subtype: Bots
- Category: Bots
Maazben is a type of bot malware that lets a hacker take control of your PC. Once the malware has taken control of the system, it can initiate a variety of automated tasks,. Consequently, it will bring up error messages, slow down your system or even cause crashes. By using
Maazben, a hacker can access and steal your personal data, reject certain web services and even get you into the so-called “click fraud” — a type of fraud that happens with pay-per-click online advertising.
Maazben has been designed not to mess with a single PC but rather to infect millions of devices. It often gets into a computer via a Trojan horse virus. This strategy typically works when users infect their own systems with malware by opening a suspicious email attachment, clicking a malicious pop-up or downloading a dangerous program from a website.
Once Maazben gets into your system, it can easily get to your confidential information, modify it, use your PC to attack other computers and so on. More sophisticated Maazben malware can even locate and infect other devices automatically. These types of programs are constantly working on search and infection missions and are always on the lookout for vulnerable devices connected to the web.
What makes Maazben especially dangerous is that it is exceptionally difficult to detect. Unlike other malware programs working in the background of an infected PC, it requires little computing power and does not interfere with your system’s basic operations. More complex Maazben malware programs are even designed to update and modify their behavior to avoid detection — they are constantly evolving and getting better as masking their presence. Thus, a user may not even be aware that their PC has been infected with Maazben.
So, we’ve established that Maazben is a really sneaky bot. What is a bot anyway?
Bots—or robots—are also called spiders, crawlers and web robots. While they can be used to perform a various range of recurring tasks (for instance, indexing a search engine). Some of the “positive” applications of a bit include:
- Using them for data collection (these types of bots are known as “b crawlers”).
- Using them for automatic interaction with instant messaging, instant relay chat or other web interfaces
- Using them for dynamic interaction with websites
- And so on.
Malicious bots are different. They are self-produced malware that infect their hosts and then go on to reconnect to one or more central servers, which are basically command and control centers. Malicious bots can spread quickly and cause lots of hard to your system. Namely:
- Gather passwords
- Memorize keystrokes on your keyboard
- Access your financial information
- Forward spam
- Launch DoS attacks
- Grant access to your PC for other malware
So, how does Maazben get on your PC?
Just like any other malware, Maazben is often downloaded by accident via email attachments,
phishing messages that ask you to click a link, social media messages that ask you to download an image, etc. More sophisticated bots can also reach your PC by using the following
- Unwanted downloads from the Internet
- Unsolicited emails with malware infested attachments and links
- Physical media hidden on USB drives
- Self-propagation (when malware moves from one device to another or from one network to another spreading itself).
How Do You Know Your Computer Has Maazben?
As we’ve mentioned above, Maazben can be pretty good at masking itself. However, there are still some tell-tale signs that your PC may be infected. These are:
- Your PC acting strangely
- Slow start-up, crashes and lagging
- An increase in CPU usage
- Shortcuts to files and folders being displayed
- Changes in the default settings of your browser’s search engine and home page
- Suspicious emails that appear in your inbox
- Spam messages being sent out from your inbox
- Automatically added new programs and files
- Suspicious pop-ups in your browser
- Automatic changes in your anti-virus settings
How to Remove Maazben From Your System?
If you suspect that your PC has been infected with Maazben malware, try the following steps:
Use Windows Task Manager or the Sysinternal Process Explorer and look for applications that don’t seem to belong or the ones that are using lots of system resources. You may not be able to find these right away but your system’s data may guide you in the right direction.
Your next step would be to ensure that your system has been checked with the latest antivirus signatures. We strongly recommend scanning your system with a program like Auslogics Anti-Malware. Once installed, the software will run automatic scans of your entire system locating even the rarest malicious items and will then safely remove them from your PC before they manage to cause any trouble on your computer.
What makes the program different from other anti-virus software is that it allows for a flexible scheduling of automatic scans, catches the malware items your primary anti-virus might miss, is super easy to set up and has a simple user-friendly interface and more. Plus, Auslogics Anti-Malware is designed to run alongside your primary anti-virus without compatibility issues — should you want to keep both programs. In the program, you will have the choice of running a Quick Scan (only key areas on your PC will be scanned), Deep Scan (your entire system will be scanned) and Custom Scan (where you will be able to select specific folders and files to be analyzed)
There you go — we hope you now know how to protect your computer from Maazben malware.