Short bio

Trojan.Stantiko is Malwarebytes’ detection name for the Trojan backdoor associated with the Stantiko botnet.

Type and source of infection

Trojan.Stantiko can be used to execute certain operations, such as searches, filling out forms, signing up for email lists you’re unaware of, and even allowing other backdoor activities. The backdoor has a loader to execute any executable, allowing the threat operators to execute any code on the thousands of machines that belong to this botnet. It contains two malicious Windows services that can reinstall the other if one is deleted. At the moment, it is mainly used for ad fraud.


Malwarebytes protects users from Trojan.Stantiko by using real-time protection to block the bundlers that install it.

block Trojan.Stantiko

Malwarebytes blocks the bundler that installs Trojan.Stantiko


Because the two malicious Windows services can reinstall the other if one is deleted, both must be deleted at the same time—Malwarebytes can do this. Malwarebytes can detect and remove Trojan.Stantiko without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

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