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Contrary to its name, is not an address of a website, it is the name of a malicious program. It is classified as a trojan, or more specifically a “backdoor” trojan. This type of malware is designed to cause chain infections, in other words – to stealthily download/install additional malicious programs. is presented as a piece of software allowing users to view the progress/spread of the Corona virus epidemic in real time. Instead, this trojan proliferates the AZORult malware. malware spreads the AZORult trojan, which is an information stealing malicious program. This malware can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It can hijack browsers, thereby stealing both stored and entered information (e.g. browsing and search engine histories, browser cookies, log-ins and passwords, etc.). Targets of interest typically include (but are not limited to): email, social media and social networking, e-commerce, FTP – File Transfer Protocol (e.g. FileZilla, WinSCP, Cyberduck, etc.), XMPP messaging client (e.g. Pidgin, Gajim, etc.) account credentials (i.e. log-ins and passwords). Some variants of AZORult can exfiltrate data stored on the victims’ desktops and take screenshots. This piece of malicious software has been observed targeting chat histories of various messaging clients, based on XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol). The data stolen by AZORult can be variously misused, depending on the obtained information itself. For example, cyber criminals can use: e-commerce store accounts to make online purchases, communication accounts to ask the victim’s contacts/friends for money, compromising material – for blackmail, and so on. To summarize, and AZORult malware infections compromise device integrity and can result in severe privacy issues, financial losses and identity theft. If it is suspected/known that these programs or other similar ones are already present on the system – it is strongly advised to remove them immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name virus
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.33504379), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Generik.BULBAAM), Kaspersky (Trojan-PSW.Win32.Azorult.amiy), Full List (VirusTotal)
Malicious Process Name(s) WindowsFormsApp2 (process name may vary)
Payload AZORult
Payload Process Name(s) Журналы и оповещения производительности.exe (process name may vary)
Symptoms Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate the victim’s computer and remain silent, and thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software ‘cracks’.
Damage Stolen passwords and banking information, identity theft, the victim’s computer added to a botnet.
Removal To eliminate malware infections our security researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Spyhunter.

BuerakLegion LoaderConteban are a few examples of malicious software similar to Information stealing trojans are also a common type of malware, e.g. LampionKBOTCryptBot and many others. Malicious programs have various abilities/purposes, however the end goal is the same – to generate revenue for the cyber criminals using them. Whether they cause chain infections, steal data, mine cryptocurrency (cryptominers), encrypt data and demand payment (ransomware) or operate in a different manner – they are deemed to be highly dangerous to device and user safety. All software considered to be malicious necessitates immediate removal.

How did infiltrate my computer?

Malware has varied proliferation methods and countess disguises (e.g. epidemic monitoring tools, which is presented as). Malicious software commonly spread via spam campaigns, illegal activation (“cracking”) tools, fake updaters and untrustworthy download channels. The term “spam campaign” is used to describe large scale operations, during which thousands of deceptive/scam emails are sent. These letters are usually disguised as “official”, “important”, “urgent” and so on; they frequently implement the names of genuine institutions, companies, services and/or otherwise abuse the current social climate – to further the impression of legitimacy. The emails have malicious files attached to them or contain download links of such content. Virulent files can be in various formats (e.g. Microsoft Office and PDF documents, archive and executable files, JavaScript, etc.) and when they are executed, run or otherwise opened – download/installation of malware is triggered. Rather than activate licensed product, illegal activation (“cracking”) tools can infect the system. Fake updaters cause infections by exploiting weaknesses of outdated products and/or by simply installing malware instead of the promised updates. Malicious content can be unintentionally downloaded from untrustworthy sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders.

How to avoid installation of malware?

It is recommended not to open suspicious and/or irrelevant emails, especially ones received form unknown/suspect senders. Any attachments or links present in dubious mail – must not be opened, as that can lead to a high-risk system infection. It is advised to always research software and only download it from official and verified sources. It is just as important to activate and update programs with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers, as illegal activation tools (“cracks”) and third party updaters are often used to proliferate malware. To ensure device integrity and by extension – user safety, it is crucial to have a dependable anti-virus installed and kept-up-to-date. Furthermore, it should be used to run regular system scans and to remove detected threats/issues. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Appearance of trojan (GIF): trojan appearance (GIF)

Screenshot of trojan’s process on Windows Task Manager (“WindowsFormsApp2“; process name may vary): trojan process on task manager

Screenshot of AZORult trojan’s process on Windows Task Manager (“Журналы и оповещения производительности.exe“; process name may vary):

AZORult process on task manager

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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task – usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Spyhunter for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user’s computer:

malicious process running on user's computer sample

If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example, using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:

manual malware removal step 1Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:

screenshot of autoruns application

manual malware removal step 2Restart your computer into Safe Mode:

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in “Safe Mode with Networking”:

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking – Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened “General PC Settings” window, select Advanced startup. Click the “Restart now” button. Your computer will now restart into the “Advanced Startup options menu”. Click the “Troubleshoot” button, and then click the “Advanced options” button. In the advanced option screen, click “Startup settings”. Click the “Restart” button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in “Safe Mode with Networking”:

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click “Restart” while holding “Shift” button on your keyboard. In the “choose an option” window click on the “Troubleshoot”, next select “Advanced options”. In the advanced options menu select “Startup Settings” and click on the “Restart” button. In the following window you should click the “F5” button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in “Safe Mode with Networking”:


manual malware removal step 3Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.

extract and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In the Autoruns application, click “Options” at the top and uncheck “Hide Empty Locations” and “Hide Windows Entries” options. After this procedure, click the “Refresh” icon.

Click 'Options' at the top and uncheck 'Hide Empty Locations' and 'Hide Windows Entries' options

manual malware removal step 5Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose “Delete”.

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.

searching for malware file on your computer

Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.

Originally Posted @ PC Risk