A2 Trading Corp Email Virus

Also Known As: A2 Trading Corp shipping details virus
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

"A2 Trading Corp Email Virus" removal guide

What is "A2 Trading Corp Email Virus"?

"A2 Trading Corp Email Virus" is a scam (spam email campaign) used by cyber criminals who attempt to trick recipients of the email to download and open an executable file. This then installs LokiBot, trojan-type malware that steals various personal/private data. We strongly recommend that you ignore the "A2 Trading Corp Email Virus" email and avoid downloading or opening the presented malicious attachment.

A2 Trading Corp Email Virus

Scammers behind this spam campaign claim to be representatives of the A2 Trading Corp company, an electronics wholesaler. Note that this company has nothing to do with the scam. They state that the message regards the estimated time of arrival of goods that the recipient supposedly ordered. Scammers urge users to review the attached shipment document immediately. The attachment is an archive file called "Shipping Details.ace", which contains a "Shipping Details.exe" executable file. Running this file results in execution of the aforementioned LokiBot malware. Following infiltration, LokiBot records various sensitive data, such as logins and passwords (usually entered into browsers), keystrokes, and other browsing-related data. Having this virus installed might cause serious privacy issues or even financial loss. Cyber criminals can also use it to proliferate other computer infections. There is a high probability that they will gain access to personal accounts (such as social networks, banks, and so on). These people aim to generate as much revenue as possible. Therefore, it is highly likely that hijacked accounts will be misused in various ways (e.g., to perform online purchases, money transfers, and so on). Thus, the presence of LokiBot malware can lead to system infections, significant financial loss, and serious privacy issues. Therefore, do not open web links or download attachments presented in spam campaigns such as "A2 Trading Corp Email Virus" and others.

Threat Summary:
NameA2 Trading Corp shipping details virus
Threat TypeTrojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
SymptomsTrojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.
Distribution methodsInfected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.
DamageStolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.
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There are many spam email campaigns online. Some examples include FORTUNADIGITAL, UNILEVER, and Apple. They are often used to proliferate different computer infections such as Adwind, FormBook, TrickBot, Emotet, and so on. These malicious programs are used to generate as much revenue as possible by stealing private/sensitive information, proliferating other infections, and so on. Therefore, eliminate these malicious programs immediately.

How did "A2 Trading Corp Email Virus" infect my computer?

In this particular case, computers are infected when a "Shipping Details.ace" archive file is downloaded and the extracted file ("Shipping Details.exe") is executed. In other cases, scammers attach Microsoft Office documents, PDF files, executable files, etc. If the downloaded malicious attachment is an MS Office document, it will request permission to enable macro commands. Allowing infected documents to enable macros gives them permission to download/install various computer infections. In any case, no email attachment can do any harm if it remains unopened.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Do not download attachments or click web links in emails sent from unknown, suspicious addresses. The same applies to emails containing information that is irrelevant or does not concern you. Bear in mind that most scammers use well-known company names to give the impression of legitimacy. Often, having reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed (and enabled) allows users to keep their computer safe from infections. If you have already opened the "A2 Trading Corp Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "A2 Trading Corp Email Virus" email message:

Subject: {Possible Spam?} ETA SHIPPING DOCUMENTS 220_10

With regards to our conversation on phone, concerning the ETA, of your goods,
kindly view the attached for all necessary shipping details,
Await your urgent reply.
Samuel French.
A2 Trading Corp.

Screenshot of a LokiBot process ("Shipping Details.exe") in Windows Task Manager:

malicious Shipping Details.exe process in 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 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, 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 Malwarebytes for Windows.

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