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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Remove USPS Virus (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends:
First of all, I want to make it very clear that there's no such thing as the USPS virus. Just like any other company USPS is almost continually targeted by scammers and cyber crooks who try steal your personal information or infect your computer with different types of malware. So, when I say USPS virus I have different malicious programs in mind that use the same spreading vector - fake USPS emails. Most of the time, fake email notices from "" claim that a package you were actually expecting could not be delivered. It's an old scam actually but unfortunately still works pretty well despite multiple warnings from the company itself and well known security companies. I know that some people are ashamed they fell for it but the truth is there's really no need to be ashamed. Report the scam, learn your lesson and don't repeat the same mistake again.

Fake USPS email notification. Anyone else notice the misspelling?
Infected with the USPS virus? Don't freak out! You aren't the first person to ever get infected. This guide will walk you through removing malware from your computer. Now, you need to understand that this infection is not the same for everyone. Infected email attachments install different malware. You will have to run multiple anti-malware tools to detect and remove it. Very often, it's a combination of a Trojan horse, spyware and malware that can send out email from your email account. So what's the deal with USPS viruses then and why should you try and protect yourself from them? The problem for most people lies in the fact that they are more often than not surreptitiously downloaded onto your computer without your knowledge after you run an infected email attachment. Let's take a closer look at the different types of malware your PC can get infected after opening an infected attachment:
  • Adware: we all know adware – those annoying pop-up adverts that distract us when we're in the middle of working (or playing) online. Irritating yes, but did you know that adware also monitors the sites that you visit and then targets these ads to you? It might sound useful, but if you have adware on your PC it can have a detrimental effect on your operating and Internet speeds.
  • Password crackers: ok, these can be a lifesaver if you've lost or forgotten your passwords, but should someone unscrupulous gain access to your log-ins – well, it's definitely not such good news. Jokes: joke programs? Hmmm. Not viral and not usually harmful – but not particularly funny either!
  • Dialers: this one is definitely no laughing matter. Dialers redirect your Internet connection to someone else's computer. And that means you end up footing the bill for their Internet charges!
  • Remote admin tools: great if someone you trust needs to fix an issue on your PC. No so fantastic when they're being deployed by a mysterious third party, for example creepware authors.
  • Spyware: whilst fairly closely related to its cousin adware, spyware can be a lot more intrusive. At its 'best' it will simply monitor your Internet usage habits and send targeted spam mails to your inbox or bombard you with pop-up adverts. At its most dangerous it will collect personal data such as passwords, your contact address book, your hardware and software configurations plus personal identity information such as your name, address, date and place of birth and gender. Its even more malicious form may use key loggers to capture which keys you're hitting. In other words it will be capturing your passwords, credit card information and online banking details
Pop-up adverts can be the least of your worries if you're unlucky enough to get hit by a really nasty USPS malware. I strongly suggest taking steps to protect yourself today. Explore the original notice in greater detail. If you are not sure if it's a genuine email notice, contact USPS and ask for verification. Scan email attachments with anti-malware software before opening them.

To remove this virus and other malware, including rootkits, that may have been installed on your computer, please follow the removal guide below. If you have questions, leave a comment below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

USPS virus removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer.

2. Download and run TDSSKiller. Press the button Start scan for the utility to start scanning.

3. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Then click Continue. Please reboot your computer after the disinfection is over.


Jason Walker said...

This did not work for me. I was expecting a delivery from usps so opened the file which encrypted everything. Ran these to programs to no effect