DHL Express Email Virus

Also Known As: DHL Express arrival notice virus
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

DHL Express Email Virus removal guide

What is DHL Express Email Virus?

Similar to "Apple Recent Purchase Email Virus", "Payroll Timetable Email Virus", "Companies House Email Virus", and many others, "DHL Express Email Virus" is a spam email campaign used to proliferate a high-risk trojan called LokiBot. Cyber criminals send thousands of deceptive emails encouraging users to open attached Microsoft Office documents. This leads to infiltration of the LokiBot trojan.

DHL Express Email Virus malware

"DHL Express Email Virus" campaign emails are essentially notifications of received packages. The messages state that users have received packages and encourage them to read attached documents for detailed information. This is a scam. The attached document infects the system. Be aware that DHL is a legitimate delivery company and has nothing to do with this spam campaign. Cyber criminals often hide behind names of popular companies and governmental agencies. They do this to increase the number of infections, since users are much more likely to open files when they are received from familiar names. LokiBot is a high-risk trojan designed to record personal data, such as logins/passwords, web browsing data, and so on. Therefore, LokiBot's developers might gain access to users' personal accounts on social networks, banks, etc. These people aim to generate as much revenue as possible and there is a high probability that hacked accounts will be misused. The presence of an information-tracking virus such as LokiBot can lead to significant financial loss and even identity theft. If you have already opened "DHL Express Email Virus" campaign attachments, there is a high probability that your computer is infected. Therefore, scan it with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite and eliminate all threats.

Threat Summary:
Name DHL Express arrival notice 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.
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LokiBot shares many similarities with dozens of other trojans that are also proliferated using spam campaigns. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) TrickBot, Adwind, Emotet, and FormBook. Behavior might slightly differ (some track information, others proliferate malware, and so on), but all of these viruses have one thing in common - they pose a significant threat to your privacy and computer safety. Therefore, eliminate trojan-type viruses immediately.

How did DHL Express Email Virus infect my computer?

As mentioned above, the "DHL Express Email Virus" campaign proliferates an infectious MS Office attachment. The document immediately asks victims to enable macro commands, otherwise content will not be displayed properly. In doing so, however, users inadvertently grant attachments permission to execute commands that download and install LokiBot onto the system. This malware distribution method is simple and extremely effective. Note, however, is that it works only if the user opens the document using tools from MS Office. For example, if a .doc file is opened using any application other than MS Word, the malware will not be downloaded. Furthermore, LokiBot works on Microsoft Windows and Google Android operating systems only. Users of other platforms are safe.

How to avoid installation of malware?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the Internet. Think twice before opening email attachments. Files that seem irrelevant and those received from suspicious/unfamiliar email addresses should never be opened. Furthermore, have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running, since these tools are very likely to detect and terminate malicious files before they harm the system. 2010 and newer versions of MS Office open newly-downloaded documents in "Protected View" mode. This prevents malicious attachments from infecting the system. Therefore, using older versions is risky. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. If you have already opened "DHL Express Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "DHL Express Email Virus" email message:

Subject: ARRIVAL NOTICE
Dear Customer
Your shipment has arrived!
Arrival Information
Your package has been arrived to your local DHL office and it’s ready for pick up.
——————————————
ARRIVAL NOTICE
——————————————
DATE & TIME : 2018-09-14 at 4:15
STATUS : Shipment arrived
CLASS: Package services
************************
Please print the receipt that is attached to this email and visit DHL location indicated in the receipt
DHL WorldWide Delivery

Malicious attachment distributed via "DHL Express Email Virus" spam campaign:

Malicious attachment distributed through DHL Express Email Virus spam campaign

Example of yet another DHL Express spam email distributing a malicious .iso file ("gskfyc.iso"):

DHL Express scam email

Text presented within:

Subject: DHL Reference Notification: GSKFYC-70001393282

Greetings

Package delivery attempt failure notice on May 21st, 2020, 01:31 PM

The delivery attempt was unsuccessful because of an incorrect delivery address.
You are kindly advised to contact us for re-delivery with your shipment e-voucher details attached to this mail.
In case the parcel is NOT sheduled for re-delivery in 5days, it will be returned to the sender.

Thank you.
DHL Express Dispatch Department
DHL Team

Example of a DHL Express-themed spam email which is used to spread AgentTesla malware:

DHL Express-themed spam email used to spread AgentTesla

Text presented within:

Subject: DHL Commercial Invoice

Greetings!


DHL Express currently has an important shipment on hold awaiting clearance information. I have attached a protected copy of the commercial invoice for this shipment for your review.

In order to process the entry for clearance through the appropriate government agencies,
AS PER NEW GOVERNMENT DETECTIVE AGAINST COVID19, we require the following information and documents:

1. Manufacturer full name, Country and complete address
2. Intended use/ End use of the items in this shipment

Please be advised that DHL Express regulations only permit us to hold this shipment for 8 days to avoid returning this to origin. Please have the required information provided to us by 07/08/20 before 12:00pm EST to avoid return.


Nathaniel Johnston

DHL Express

77 Comair Blvd

Erlanger, KY 41018

nathaniel.johnston@dhl.com

(859)692-5677

A variant of DHL Express-themed spam email used to promote a phishing website:

DHL Express-themed spam email used for phishing purposes (2020-10-26)

Text presented within:

Subject: DHL Shipment Notification

 

DHL Express

Dear -,

This is to notify you of a shipment that has been assigned to you as the recipient

To get tracking details of this shipment, please click the button below:

Track My Shipment Now

Shipment Recipient:
This shipment can be cleared only by: -

DHL Express Worldwide 2020.

Screenshot of the promoted phishing site:

DHL Express-themed phishing website

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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 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:

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 the 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 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, 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.

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

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