Symantec Security Response - Backdoor.Ripjac Backdoor.Ripjac is a backdoor Trojan that allows a hacker to gain access to the infected computer. The presence of the file Synchost.exe is an indication of a possible infection. By default, the Trojan opens port 4999 to allow the hacker to remotely control the infected computer. Type: Trojan Horse Infection Length: 602,112 bytes Systems Affected: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me Systems Not Affected: Windows 3.x, Macintosh, OS/2, Unix, Linux technical details When Backdoor.Ripjac runs, it does the following: It copies itself as C:\%windir%\Synchost.exe. NOTE: %windir% is a variable. The Trojan locates the Windows installation folder (by default this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt) and copies itself to that location. It adds the value Remote Access Slave C:\%windir%\Synchost.exe to the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run so that the Trojan runs when you start Windows. By default, the Trojan opens port 4999 to allow the hacker to remotely control the infected computer. removal instructions NOTE: These instructions are for all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines. 1. Update the virus definitions. 2. Run a full system scan, and delete all files that are detected as Backdoor.Ripjac. 3. Delete the value Remote Access Slave C:\%windir%\Synchost.exe from the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run To delete the value that the Trojan added to the registry: CAUTION: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before you make any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify only the keys that are specified. Read the document How to make a backup of the Windows registry for instructions. 1. Click Start, and click Run. The Run dialog box appears. 2. Type regedit and then click OK. The Registry Editor opens. 3. Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run 4. In the right pane, delete the value Remote Access Slave C:\%windir%\Synchost.exe 5. Exit the Registry Editor.