amuleC pretends to be a legitimate program aMule which is a peer-to-peer file sharing network, founded in 2003 and distributed completely for free. The suspicious variant does not have an official website, but is available for download in random file-sharing domains. Reports from a number of concerned people indicate that their Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer browsers all began displaying objectionable alerts after amuleC was installed. The software carries many similarities to other suspicious software like Windows Performance Manager and FixIt.
amuleC is an unreliable software and a copy of aMule
amuleC PUP can be considered as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it can enter operating systems without permission (EmsiSoft). This means that the tool travels in software packages. This strategy has also been adopted by many other malicious tools, like HotSpotShield and EasyCalc.
To avoid them, people have to select advanced/custom modes and modify conditions of installations. Comparable peer-to-peer applications have helped users exchange different types of files for many years. Respectable aMule application functions with the EDonkey and Kad networks, and is compatible with various operating systems, like Windows, Linux and macOS. The PUP we are analyzing in this article reminds us of WinSnare which also attempted to pose as legitimate Snare tool.
We downloaded amulec.dmg from one of the distributers and ran this file through a number of security tools (VirusTotal). Sophisticated anti-malware labeled it as MacOS:Bundlore-V [Adw], Adware.Mac.InstallCore.372, AdWare.OSX.Adware and Trojan.Mac.Generic.erqjaa. Clearly, this P2P system should not be exploited even if it could function similarly to the original version. amuleC has been known to expose users to unwanted promotions of other software tools and could cause other significant security issues.
If this unwanted software entered your operating system without authorization, its existence should not take long to be noticed. Soon after being installed among other applications, amuleC PUP will insert entries into Windows Registry Key. Then this tool should launch every time operating system is rebooted. Even if you close it by clicking on “X” button, it will continue on running in the background.
Then, since the amuleC virus will remain active, it will insert various types of alerts during your browsing. It could promote installation of other rogue software, invite people to participate in lotteries or notify them about frightening malware infections. Users should not react to pop-ups, interstitial ads, in-text ads and pop-unders because these notifications can lead to remote websites, hosting exploit kits. Drive-by downloads and malvertising do not work in favor of users but help hackers transmit banking Trojans, ransomware and similar malware viruses (BullGuard).
Ways to deal with this malware infection
amuleC rogue P2P network can be downloaded from several file-sharing domains, but we hope you won’t exploit this opportunity. It is clear that this application has nothing to do with aMule program and was generated by third-party developing company. Because of this, its terms and conditions can be completely different from the ones that the reliable product has. Even though both of these applications are still available online, this does not mean that hey are download as frequently as they use to be.
It should be clear that downloading unknown software is never the right choice. It can lead to severe cybersecurity issues. For instance, if amuleC functions as a P2P network, it could endorse downloads of unreliable software. Of course, this possibility is always present when it comes to taking advantage of peer-to-peer system. However, if you use an unreliable application, the chances of becoming infected with malware double.
To remove this infection from your operating system, we recommend running scans with Spyhunter security tool. This will help you learn about all of the threats that might be currently influencing your operating system negatively. Before that, you could try to remove the unwanted software through Control Panel. Instruction on how this should be done can be found below.
How to remove amuleC PUP using Windows Control PanelMany hijackers and adware like amuleC PUP install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
- Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10).
- Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category).
- Go through the list of programs and select entries related to amuleC PUP . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make amuleC PUP easier to find.
- Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes.
- In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
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