Court Order Email Virus

Also Known As: Merchant Law Suit virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Court Order Email Virus removal guide

What is Court Order Email Virus?

Similar to "Invoice Attached - FINAL NOTICE Email Virus", "DHL Express Email Virus", and many others, "Court Order Email Virus" is a spam email campaign used to proliferate a high-risk trojan called Trojan:Win32/Sonbokli. Developers send thousands of deceptive emails encouraging users to open attached malicious Microsoft Office documents that infiltrate Trojan:Win32/Sonbokli into the system.

Court Order Email Virus malware

"Court Order Email Virus" campaign emails are presented as court orders stating that a case has been filled against the user and encouraging her/him to open the attached document for more information. Opening the file results in infiltration of the Trojan:Win32/Sonbokli trojan. Cyber criminals often hide behind names of popular companies and governmental institutions simply to increase the number of infections. Users are much more likely to open documents when they are received from suspicious emails. Trojans like Trojan:Win32/Sonbokli typically do several things: record various information; proliferate other viruses; connect infected systems to botnets, and; mine cryptocurrencies. These viruses usually target logins/passwords, which they record and send to remote servers controlled by cyber criminals. These people might gain access to accounts relating to social networks, banks, and so on. Therefore, the presence of adware-type application such as Court Order Email Virus can lead to serious privacy issues and significant financial loss. Furthermore, trojans are likely to cause chain infections - one virus distributes another. Once connected to a botnet, the infected computer might be used to connect to networks (remote server attacks), websites, etc. Cryptominers misuse system resources to mine cryptocurrencies without users' consent.

There are dozens of trojan-type viruses distributed using spam email campaigns. Hancitor, Adwind and FormBook are just some examples from many. These viruses may have slightly different behavior (some record data, others proliferate viruses, and son ), however, all pose a direct threat to your privacy and browsing safety. Eliminate them immediately.

How did Court Order Email Virus infect my computer?

The "Court Order Email Virus" campaign distributes a malicious Microsoft Office document that, once opened, asks victims to enable macro commands, however, by doing so, users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to execute commands that download and install the Trojan:Win32/Sonbokli virus. This malware distribution method is simple and effective, however, it has a major flaw. The malicious attachments are only able to download malware if the user opens them using MS Office software. For example, the .doc file can only infect systems if users open attachments using MS Word software.

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 are irrelevant and those received from suspicious/unrecognizable email address should never be opened. Keep the operating system up-to-date and use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite, since these tools can detect and eliminate malware before it does any damage. Note that 2010 and newer versions of Microsoft Office open newly-downloaded documents in "Protected View" mode, which prevents malicious attachments from directly executing malicious commands and infecting the system. Using older versions of this software package is risky. If you have already opened a "Court Order Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "Court Order Email Virus" email message:

Dear Sir,
Find attached a case filed against you, you are required to appear in court on 19th September. 2018 with the attached law suit.

Malicious attachment distributed via "Court Order Email Virus" spam campaign:

Malicious attachment distributed through Court Order Email Virus spam campaign

Another variant of fake court order email, this one distributes Ursnif Trojan:

court order spam email update

Text presented in this variant:

Subject: Summons to attend at a court hearing or trial case in a legal action.
You are ordered to appear in the district court of Great Britain personally at the time and place mentioned in the enclosed in this letter.
The Court will hear the application for relief, or produce instructions for the conduct of the proceeding, at the moment and place mentioned in the attachment.
If confess or plead guilty in writing or will not appear or enter a plea, the case will usually be on the come back day.
In case you wish to plead not guilty, the matter will be mentioned on the day of return and a date of court hearing will be repaired.
Where a practitioner is acting as representative for a principal practitioner, the name, home address and telephone number of that main practitioner and the D Code and P Code granted from the Legislation Community of Great Britain to such practitioner has to be given on the back page to the summons – see rule 29(4).
Two duplicates of any writ should be lodged in the Court Registry. Both duplicates must be signed, but neither with a date mentioned. The date will be set in the Registry. Duplicates of supporting affidavits are not required.
The above is an automatic
communication, don’t reply right to this current email address

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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 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 and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck the "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.

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

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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