How to Remove Password Stealer
By David Harris
A password stealer is a type of computer virus that infects your machine, records all of your user passwords and then emails them to a remote user. This is a dangerous type of virus because it can compromise your email and bank accounts. It can steal passwords from programs like Windows, Internet Explorer, your email and other types software. The password stealer program will start up automatically every time Windows loads, so rebooting the computer after you remove the threat is essential.
Manually Delete the File
Press the "Ctrl" + "Alt" + "Delete" keys at the same time to open Windows Task Manager.
Click the "Processes" tab.
Locate the process "lpr123.exe" on the list of running processes.
Click once on "lpr123.exe" to highlight it and then click "End Process" to stop it from running.
Delete Registry Values
Click the "Start" menu to open, then click "Run."
Type "regedit" into the Run box that has opened.
Select "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" on the left pane.
Search for the registry value "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\lpr=C:\Windows\lpr123.exe."
Right-click on it and delete it.
Delete the File
Click the "Start" menu to open it, and click "Search."
Type "lpr123.exe" into the Search field to locate the file.
Record the file's location.
Click the "Start" menu, then "My Computer and then the "C:" drive. Find the file and delete it.
- Do not reboot your computer until you stop the process from running, remove the registry values and delete the files. Otherwise, the virus may replicate when you reboot.
David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.