Offer Email Virus removal guide
What is Offer Email Virus?
Similar to Expired Invoices Email Virus, Xerox Printer Email Virus, and many others, "Offer Email Virus" a spam email campaign that distributes the LokiBot trojan. As usual, cyber criminals send thousands of emails asking users to provide "best prices for spare parts". Users must then insert their offers into attached Microsoft Excel documents and send them back. This is a scam. The opened documents infect systems with the LokiBot trojan.
As mentioned, cyber criminals send deceptive messages encouraging users to open email attachments. Once opened, however, these attachments immediately infect the system. Note that cyber criminals attempt to give the impression of legitimacy by claiming to be from credible companies. This is very common. They often claim to be employees of legitimate (typically worldwide) companies or governmental institutions. This helps them to trick users into opening attachments - users are much more likely to open files that are received from familiar names. Be aware that LokiBot targets Windows and Android operating systems. Therefore, its behavior slightly differs depending on the OS. In both cases, however, Offer Email Virus continually records sensitive information (saved logins/passwords, keystrokes, web browsing activity, and so on). Furthermore, LokiBot is capable of simulating Android applications and locking screens to make ransom demands. Therefore, the presence of this trojan might lead to serious privacy issues and significant financial loss. If you have recently opened "Offer Email Virus" campaign attachments, immediately scan the system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware program and eliminate all threats.
|Name||Price offer virus|
|Threat Type||Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware|
|Symptoms||Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent 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 banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
LokiBot shares many similarities with dozens of other trojan-type viruses, such as TrickBot, Emotet, and Adwind. As with LokiBot, these viruses are also distributed using spam email campaigns. Most trojans also record information. In addition, some proliferate other malware. In any case, these viruses pose a significant threat to your privacy and computer safety, and thus should be eliminated immediately.
How did Offer Email Virus infect my computer?
"Offer Email Virus" proliferates a malicious Microsoft Excel document. Immediately after opening it, victims are asked to enable macro commands, however, this inadvertently grants the attachment permission to execute commands that infiltrate LokiBot into the system. Note that, although this malware distribution method is simple and effective, it has a major flaw. Malicious attachments are unable to infect the system if they are not opened using Microsoft Excel. If they are opened using any other software, the malware will not be downloaded. As mentioned, LokiBot targets only Microsoft Windows and Android operating systems and thus users of other platforms are safe.
How to avoid installation of malware?
To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the Internet. Carefully analyze each email attachment received. Files that seem irrelevant or have been received from suspicious/unrecognizable email addresses should never be opened. Furthermore, have a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running. More recent versions (2010 and above) of Microsoft Office open newly-downloaded documents in "Protected View" mode. This prevents malicious attachments from downloading and installing malware. Therefore, you are advised never to use older versions of this suite. Lack of knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections and the key to safety is caution. If you have already opened an "Offer Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "Offer Email Virus" email message:
This is Engr. Asah from ORION MEACH. We need to provide us with your best price for the attached spare parts and equipment.
YOUR OFFRE SHOULD HAVE:
1. Best FOB price
2. Schedule Mode of payment
3. Manufactures certificate
OPNION MECH Metals LTD
No. 6830 DENRIE STREET 570
Tel: 64231030 Fax: 64231071
Malicious attachment distributed via "Offer Email Virus" spam campaign:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Offer Email Virus?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of LokiBot malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
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 Malwarebytes 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:
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:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart 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.
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.
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In 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.
Check the list provided by 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".
After removing the malware through 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, remove it.
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.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Malwarebytes for Windows.