Emotet Trojan

Also Known As: Emotet trojan
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

Emotet virus removal guide

What is Emotet?

Emotet trojan (also known as Geodo) is high-risk malware designed to record personal data and proliferate other viruses. Research shows that Emotet infiltrates systems without users' consent. After successful infiltration, this malware modifies system settings and uses the infiltrated computer to proliferate itself further. Cyber criminals usually proliferate this virus using email spam campaigns.

Emotet malware distributing email

A main feature of Emotet is to gather various sensitive information, including logins/passwords and browsing activity. Collected data often includes banking information. Therefore, the presence of Emotet can lead to serious privacy issues and significant financial losses (cyber criminals might abuse received data to transfer money or make various purchases). Malware distribution is also an issue. Emotet works as a trojan - it opens "backdoors" for other high-risk viruses (e.g., Dridex) to infiltrate the system. These additional viruses might be more dangerous. Therefore, having Emotet installed on your system can lead to a chain of system infections. Emotet is also capable of connecting the infected computer to a botnet, which is used to proliferate spam emails that distribute this malware. In addition, this malware hides within system folders and registers as a 'system service', thereby modifying Windows Registry settings so that it autoruns when the system is started. Emotet hide its tracks and, therefore, is virtually impossible for regular users to randomly detect. Nevertheless, if you suspect that Emotet is present, you should immediately scan the system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite. In fact, always have a reputable suite installed and running, and scan the system periodically.

There are dozens of trojans similar to Emotet. For example, Adwind, Pony, Trickbot, and many others. Their behavior might differ slightly (in terms of information tracking, crypto mining, botnet connections, and similar), however, all of these viruses are extremely harmful and pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did Emotet infect my computer?

In most cases, Emotet is proliferated using email spam campaigns. These emails come together with malicious attachments (usually Microsoft Word documents) or links, both leading to an execution of a malicious JavaScript file. The malicious MS Word documents, once opened, ask users to enable macro commands, otherwise the content will not be displayed properly. However, by doing so, users inadvertently grant document a permission to execute macro commands which connect to a remote server and execute a JavaScript file designed to download and install Emotet into the system. Links that are attached to emails do basically the exact same thing - they lead to malicious JavaScript files. Now it is worth mentioning that cyber criminals typically disguise attachments/links as some sort of bills, invoices or other finance-relating documents that seem important. These emails usually come with messages warning users about certain problems (e.g., unpaid bills, lost invoices, etc.) and to open attached documents/files. However, doing so results in infiltration of Emotet malware. This is a rather common technique used to distribute trojan-type viruses. The problem is that it is very effective, because a lot of users are gullible and reckless - they open received attachments without thinking about possible consequences. Behavior like this often leads to various computer infections.

How to avoid installation of malware?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing/updating software. Never open email attachments or links that seem irrelevant or have been received from a suspicious email address. We strongly recommend that you delete these emails immediately. Download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. The same applies to updating software. It is very important to keep installed applications up-to-date, however, this should be achieved using implemented update functions or tools provided by the official developer only. As mentioned above, having a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running is also paramount. If your computer is already infected with Emotet, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Appearance of a malicious MS Word document asking to enable macro commands in order to download Emotet (GIF):

Malicious MS Word file distributing Emotet trojan

Another variant of MS Word document used to spread Emotet:

Infectious MS Word file distributing Emotet

Emotet trojan's process (blank name) in Windows Task Manager:

Emotet trojan in Windows Task Manager

Samples of spam emails distributing Emotet malware:

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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task, usually it's better to let antivirus or anti-malware programs do it 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's an example of a suspicious program running on 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 1 Download 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 Autoruns.exe file.

extract autoruns.zip 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 Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

You should write down it full path and name. Note that some malware hides their process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage it's very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate he suspicious program you want to remove right click your mouse over it's name and choose "Delete"

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware won't 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 file 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 help remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills, it's recommended to leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it's better to avoid getting infected that try to remove malware afterwards. To keep your computer safe be sure to install latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.

To be sure your computer is free of malware infections we recommend scanning it with Spyhunter for Windows.