## Manual Removal Guide for GoAstro.rtk

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "GoAstro.rtk" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:

Categories:
• trojan

Description:
GoAstro.rtk secretly installs the same rootkit components like MessengerSkinner.rtk and MailSkinner.rtk. These components include files and a system start entry which are hidden from the Windows API. GoAstro.rtk also transmits data about the users computer.
Supposed Functionality:
supposed to be a free horoscope software
Removal Instructions:

Autorun:

Please use Spybot-S&D, RunAlyzer or msconfig.exe to remove the following autorun entries.
• Entries named "go-astro" and pointing to "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\GoAstro.exe". Installed Software List: You can try to uninstall products with the names listed below; for items identified by other properties or to avoid malware getting active again on uninstallation, use Spybot-S&D or RunAlyzer to locate and get rid of these entries. • Products that have a key or property named "GoAstro". Files: Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files. • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\GoAstro\GoAstro.lnk".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\GoAstro\Website.lnk". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\GoAstro.exe".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\GoAstro.url". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\uninst.exe".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\resources\appconfig.xml". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\resources\dailyHoroscope.dat".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\resources\languages.xml". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\resources\userconfig.xml".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\classic.skn". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\scrolling.js".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\template.html". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\1.gif".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\10.gif". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\11.gif".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\12.gif". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\2.gif".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\3.gif". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\4.gif".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\5.gif". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\6.gif".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\7.gif". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\8.gif".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\9.gif". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\bar.gif".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\bckg.jpg". • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\down.gif".
• The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images\up.gif". • The file at "<$DESKTOP>\GoAstro.lnk".
• The file at "<$WINDIR>\pack.epk". • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\nvs2.inf".
• The file at "<$WINDIR>\Temp\Install_GA.exe". Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If GoAstro.rtk uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins. You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files! Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them. Folders: Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these folders. • The directory at "<$PROGRAMS>\GoAstro".
• The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro". • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\resources".
• The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins". • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates".
• The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\skins\templates\images". • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\GoAstro\updates".
Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If GoAstro.rtk uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify folders!

Registry:

You can use regedit.exe (included in Windows) to locate and delete these registry entries.
• Delete the registry key "GoAstro" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\".
• Delete the registry key "GoAstro.exe" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\".
If GoAstro.rtk uses rootkit technologies, use our RegAlyzer, RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,