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Vendor Notes:

from the doc: 'Has many features for remote administration like the File Manager, Registry Manager, Restrictions and others. Now NerTe have over 400 features.'




RAT: A Remote Administration Tool, or RAT, is a Trojan that when run, provides an attacker with the capability of remotely controlling a machine via a ""client"" in the attacker's machine, and a ""server"" in the victim's machine. Examples include Back Orifice, NetBus, SubSeven, and Hack'a'tack. What happens when a server is installed in a victim's machine depends on the capabilities of the trojan, the interests of the attacker, and whether or not control of the server is ever gained by another attacker -- who might have entirely different interests. Infections by remote administration Trojans on Windows machines are becoming as frequent as viruses. One common vector is through File and Print Sharing, when home users inadvertently open up their system to the rest of the world. If an attacker has access to the hard-drive, he/she can place the trojan in the startup folder. This will run the trojan the next time the user logs in. Another common vector is when the attacker simply e-mails the trojan to the user along with a social engineering hack that convinces the user to run it against their better judgment.


  • NerTe 6.04
  • NerTe 7.0.3
  • NerTe 7.2.2
  • NerTe 7.22
  • NerTe 7.3.0
  • NerTe 7.4.0
  • NerTe 7.5.0
  • NerTe 7.6
  • NerTe 7.7
  • NerTe 7.8.0
  • NerTe 7.8.1
  • Similar Pests:





    Date of Origin:

    Variants from April, 2001 to March, 2004


    Storage Required:

  • NerTe 6.04: at least 1157 KB
  • NerTe 7.0.3: at least 2065 KB
  • NerTe 7.22: at least 665 KB
  • NerTe 7.3.0: at least 2225 KB
  • NerTe 7.4.0: at least 2125 KB
  • NerTe 7.5.0: at least 3053 KB
  • NerTe 7.6: at least 2721 KB
  • NerTe 7.7: at least 2817 KB
  • NerTe 7.8.0: at least 2901 KB
  • NerTe 7.8.1: at least 2925 KB
  • Risks

    Detection Issues:

    Difficult to detect by design. May hide from process list. May install with variable names in variable locations.

    Detection and Removal

    Automatic Removal:

    PestPatrol detects this.

    PestPatrol removes this.

    Manual Removal:

    Follow these steps to remove NerTe from your machine. Begin by backing up your registry and your system, and/or setting a Restore Point, to prevent trouble if you make a mistake.
    Stop Running Processes:

    Kill these running processes with Task Manager:

    Remove Files:

    Remove these files (if present) with Windows Explorer:


    File Analyses:

    More Info:

  • AllTheWeb, AltaVista, AOL Search, Ask Jeeves, Google, HotBot, Lycos, LookSmart, MSN, Yahoo!
  • Research By:

  • PestPatrol's Pest Research Center
  • Last Revised:

    April 03, 2005