Malware writers are known to obfuscate their programs with legitimate Windows service names in an attempt to avoid detection. It’s a technique that often works with people who aren’t as tech-savvy but fails the moment anyone decides to take a deeper look.
In this article, we’re taking a look at bloom.exe, a service that a lot of users have been suspecting is a virus and telling you everything you need to know.
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Bloom.exe is a recently discovered trojan horse malware that takes over entire systems and acquires administrative privileges. The malware is often delivered to victims using pirated downloads, spam messages, malicious email attachments, phishing websites and fake or clickbait ads.
The author(s) of the malware isn’t exactly known at the moment, but the program itself is quite stealthy and can slip through antivirus programs as it doesn’t usually show any infection symptoms by hiding traces inside the system.
Another thing that the malware does is that it reinstalls itself unless and until all core files related to the malware are removed manually from your PC, making it really hard to remove. The malware also tends to duplicate and spread to different parts of your system as redundancy and install other malicious programs including ransomware and spyware on target machines.
How to remove Bloom.exe?
Removing Bloom.exe can be a tricky thing. Follow these steps to ensure you remove all traces of the malware from your computer.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt, type %appdata% and press enter.
Step 2: Locate the Bloom.exe folder and delete it permanently.
Step 3: Open the Run prompt again and open the Registry Editor by typing regedit and hitting enter.
Step 4: Head over to the path given below.
Step 5: Find and delete the Bloom key.
Keep in mind that you might have to stop the malware manually from the Task Manager before deleting any of the aforementioned files. Additionally, depending on how far the infection has spread, the aforementioned steps might not remove the virus completely. In such cases, the best way to get rid of the malware is to simply format your entire drive and reset or reinstall Windows from scratch.
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