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How To Remove Systim Malware (Systim.exe Virus Information and Removal Instructions)

What is the Systim virus (systim.exe)?

Please note this virus is called “systim.exe” and not “system.exe”.
Systim (or systim.exe.) is a variant of a Window’s Trojan which originates from China. Systim affects both computers and internet browsers.

What are symptoms of the Systim virus (systim.exe)?

  • System crashes
  • System freezes
  • Operating system may become unresponsive
  • Internet browser settings (like home page configurations) may become altered and user may be directed to another “home page” while using the internet
  • Sudden internet browser redirection

How to remove the Systim virus (systim.exe)

Systim is new, not many anti-malware programs can detect and remove it, nor are any directory or registry entries properly identified besides executable files.
The best solution to remove Systim from your computer is to use Anti-Malware or Malware-Removal software or to perform a recovery or restore of your computer to a date and time (recovery point) before infection.

Using Malwarebytes to remove SystimMalware Removal Software
  1. Reboot/restart your computer
  2. Download Malwarebytes anti-malware software
  3. Run a “full system scan” and remove any malicious files

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Using Malwarebytes to remove Systim on an unresponsive system
In some cases your computer and operating system may become unresponsive and will not allow you to navigate through your system properly, nor boot your desktop screen. If this is the case you will need to enter “safe mode with command prompt” to launch Window’s explorer. Instructions are below.
If you do not have a previous installation of malware removal software on your computer (Malwarebytes) you will need to enter your computer system in “safe mode with networking” in order to obtain internet access in debug mode.
How to recover or restore your computer in safe mode with command prompt
1. Restart/reboot your computer system. Unplug if necessary.
2. Enter your computer in “safe mode with command prompt”. To properly enter safe mode, after rebooting, press your computer’s “hot key” upon the boot menu. For instance, F8 – F11.
Safe mode with command prompt

3. Once the Command Prompt appears  type “explorer” and hit Enter.
Comand Prompt Type Explorer

4. Once Windows Explorer shows up browse to:

  • Win XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
  • Win Vista/Seven: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter

5. Follow all steps to restore or recover your computer system to an earlier time and date, before infection.

Installing Malwarebytes in safe mode with networking
  1. Navigate your intenet browser to Malwarebytes and install the malware removal sofware (free version, or paid)
  2. The file used to install the software is titled:  mbam-setup.exe / click to install
  3. Run a “full system scan” and remove any malicious files

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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