Delete Pirate Chick VPN

What is Pirate Chick VPN

Pirate Chick VPN — a program that says that it’s a free-trial VPN tool — has been caught distributing a dangerous Trojan. And though it might not be distributing anything so dangerous at the moment, it’s worth considering using another VPN if you care about keeping your passwords private. Pirate Chick VPN is not much different from other programs that infect computers with serious malware while under the guise of being safe, no-nonsense product: Securedisk.exe, Cloud Packager, the recent Aurora Cheat tool.

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Attractive VPN service

Usually, VPNs can be useful when trying to reach a private network while not being on a location, for example, connecting to a university’s resources while not being on campus. However, more people use VPN connections to get around censorship, access country-specific content, and hide their identity. So when Pirate Chick VPN boasts of having servers in 32 countries and allows anything to be downloaded with no restrictions, it sounds very attractive.

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Suspicious distribution

Pirate Chick VPN has its own slick website where it’s presented as a professional VPN service, and it’s also distributed by bundlers. Bundling can be harmless other than installing bloatware), but is also commonly used to spread computer viruses (as well as less malicious applications, like PUPs). Because of the way that bundling is often set up, it can result in people installing programs unknowingly, by accident, or because they feel like they must. This is too much like what Trojans do — having people install a virus by making them think that they are installing a legitimate program.

Freeware bundles should be avoided altogether. Some of the most popular free software distributing sites, like Softonic or Download.com, have a history of distributing malware with some installations.

Offers that are too good to be true should not be trusted. Commercial software that costs dozens or hundreds of dollars will not be legally available for free unless it’s a trial version (temporary), cracked version (illegal), or some ancient version. And pirated software has been known to be distributed with ransomware, miners, and other viruses, too.

Sophisticated installation

We know about Pirate Chick VPN spreading a Trojan because MalwareHunterTeam and BleepingComputer discovered this malicious behavior. Kudos to them, as Pirate Chick VPN makes it difficult for researchers to figure it out by not installing malware when it detects that it’s on a virtual machine, or when it finds some developer tool running in the background. Virtual machines are invaluable for experimenting with computer viruses, but some viruses are smart enough to know when they’re on one and refuse to show up, knowing that security researchers are likely to be watching. The same for the developer tools — they are generally used by people who know well how malware works, and who would be unlikely to miss Pirate Chick VPN downloading suspicious files in the background.

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Pirate Chick VPN also refuses to install the virus when it finds that the computer it is on is from a certain selection of countries (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine). Possibly, this is a way to avoid the wrath of law enforcement from those places. After all, PirateChick Software claims to be located in Belarus.

AZORult

AZORult is a banking Trojan. Banking Trojans focus on getting information which would help hack people’s bank accounts and steal money. This means finding out which bank a person uses, what their passwords and usernames are. It’s associated with Emotet, another serious and sophisticated Trojan. Emotet has been used to introduce AZORult to infected computers, as well as turn computers into zombies for a botnet. This isn’t something that happens once in a blue moon. Trojans like that are not rare — Astaroth, CamuBot, SmokeLoader are all dangerous, harmful, and active (for example, botnets are being used all over the world to attack organizations and steal financial data).

How to remove Pirate Chick VPN

If you had Pirate Chick VPN installed, it’ not really safe to keep it. It might not be distributing spyware now, but it could start doing it at any time. You can uninstall Pirate Chick VPN on your Control Panel. Some antivirus tools detect Pirate Chick VPN as malicious, so you can have them remove it, too. It’s not certain that Pirate Chick VPN infected your computer with malware. Scan your machine with a strong antivirus program, like Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool, and see if anything is found. Remove malware, repeat the scan to make sure that the malware does not return. Some viruses have strong persistence. As long as there is spyware on your machine, do not use it for online banking, shopping, or anything else that you don’t want to be leaked to online criminals.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Pirate Chick VPN. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Pirate Chick VPN Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Pirate Chick VPN or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Pirate Chick VPN Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Pirate Chick VPN or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Pirate Chick VPN Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Pirate Chick VPN or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Pirate Chick VPN.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Pirate Chick VPN Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Pirate Chick VPN or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Pirate Chick VPN is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Pirate Chick VPN program.
  7. Select Pirate Chick VPN or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Pirate Chick VPN

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Pirate Chick VPN

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Pirate Chick VPN, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

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Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Pirate Chick VPN in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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