By Domesticus in Viruses

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 10,725
Threat Level: 10 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 749
First Seen: December 30, 2013
Last Seen: September 9, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Boot.Cidex is a harmful threat that may cause severe system performance issues. The presence of Boot.Cidex on a computer may disable it completely. There are previous versions of Boot.Cidex, which has evolved gradually since its initial outbreaks. Boot.Cidex may bypass various outdated firewall settings and many security programs that are updated or supported poorly. Once Boot.Cidex is installed Boot.Cidex generates an infinite number of explorer.exe memory process which take over the affected computer, draining it of RAM and processing power. Whenever the affected computer starts up, Boot.Cidex will load automatically, causing the affected PC to freeze or crash immediately and forcing the computer user to reboot. One particularly worrying aspect of Boot.Cidex is that Boot.Cidex may affect computers even in Safe Mode, a start-up method that is often effective when treating Trojans or other types of threats.

Boot.Cidex May Cause Harmful Effects on Your PC

Boot.Cidex presents a severe threat to a computer. Boot.Cidex may be associated with other threats that may steal data on the affected computer while the computer user is occupied with the harmful effects of Boot.Cidex itself. Security researchers advise computer users to remove Boot.Cidex with a strong security program combined with manual methods to bypass the Boot.Cidex attack. It is important to note that Boot.Cidex uses rootkit techniques to attack a computer. Because of this, a specifically designed tool may be necessary, since many security programs may not be strong enough on their own to deal with Boot.Cidex.

How Boot.Cidex Enters a Computer

In most cases, Boot.Cidex is delivered by bundling Boot.Cidex with torrent or suspicious files on file sharing websites. It is also possible that Boot.Cidex is disguised as a legitimate program on a poorly monitored source. Boot.Cidex may be included as a compromised email attachment. Spam email messages used to distribute Boot.Cidex may use social engineering techniques to entrap inexperienced PC users into assuming that they have won an award, special gift, money, bonus or lottery drawing. Boot.Cidex may also be distributed using attack websites that make use of an exploit kit to insert threats into visitors' computers.


Boot.Cidex may call the following URLs:


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