Botnets are networks of computers infected by malware (such as computer viruses, keyloggers, and other malicious software) and controlled remotely by cybercriminals for financial gain or to launch attacks on websites or other networks. Botnets can steal your personal information, slow down your connection, or use your device or accounts to send spam to others.
If you think your device has been infected by a botnet, we recommend that you act immediately by following our guidelines below, and then proceed to our Report, Recover, and Reinforce sections for further assistance.
* If you still believe you have problems after following these steps or don’t feel comfortable completing these steps, take your device to a professional.
These resources have been gathered, selected and vetted to help simplify the process of recovering after a cybercrime incident has taken place. You may need to contact organizations outside FightCybercrime.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.
Once you have notified the appropriate organizations and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce your cybersecurity using these resources and tools.