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Thanks so much for your help. For now, this seemed to have solved the problem and found all the infected files. I'll keep you updated, as I know this virus can be very hard to kill.

Thanks a million.



Aliases of Insane.Network (AKA):

[Kaspersky]Backdoor.Insane.c, Backdoor.Win32.Insane.c, Backdoor.Insane.a, Backdoor.Win32.Insane.a
[Eset]Win32/Insane.C trojan, Win32/Insane.A trojan
[F-Prot]security risk or a "backdoor" program
[Panda]Trj/Insane, Bck/Insane.A
[CA]Backdoor/Insane.C, Win32.Insane.C, Backdoor/Insane.A, Backdoor/Insane.A!Server, Win32.Insane.A

How to Remove Insane.Network from Your Computer^

You can effectively remove Insane.Network from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with Insane.Network in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.


A trojan is a program that is disguised as legitimate software but is designed to carry out some harmful actions on the infected computer.

Unlike viruses and worms, trojans don’t replicate but they can be just as destructive.

These days trojans are very common. Trojans are divided into a number different categories based on their function or type of damage.


Of all trojans, backdoor trojans pose the greatest danger to users’ PCs because they give their authors remote control over infected computers. They are downloaded, installed, and run silently, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Upon installation, backdoor trojans can be instructed to send, receive, execute and delete files, gather and transfer confidential data from the computer, log all activity on the computer, and perform other harmful activities.

Be Aware of the Following Backdoor Threats:

Win32.Death, Phoenix.group, Uprising, VB.hb, OC.spl.


Remote Access Tool. A program that enables a hacker to remotely access and control other people’s computers. A RAT can serve a variety of malicious purposes, including hijacking and transferring private information, downloading files, running programs, and tampering with system settings.

Be Aware of the Following RAT Threats:

Rewind, Transmission.Scout, Tiny, Net.Send, Satan.Cam.View.

Hacker Tool

Hacker tools are utilities designed to help hackers gain control of remote computers in order to use them as zombies (in DoS attacks, for example), download other malicious programs into those computers, or use them for other malicious purposes.

Be Aware of the Following Hacker Tool Threats:

InCommand, Win32.ICQPager, PSW.MSN.ImageThief, FTP, QQRob.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Insane.Network?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Insane.Network:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Insane.Network. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Insane.Network.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Insane.Network, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Insane.Network^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Insane.Network:

PC is working very slowly

Insane.Network can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Insane.Network.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Insane.Network can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Insane.Network may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Insane.Network may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Insane.Network may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.