"Outriger Email Virus" removal guide
What is "Outriger Email Virus"?
"Outriger Email Virus" is one of many spam campaigns used by scammers who send emails containing malicious attachments, or web links leading to them. In this case, cyber criminals proliferate an archive file (ZIP), which contains a malicious program called Adwind. The main purpose of this email scam is to trick users into downloading and installing the virus. We strongly advise that you ignore this and other similar emails (do not open the attachments or web links).
Scammers behind this email claim to be representatives of the Outriger Corporation. They present their scam in an email as a request for advance payment. The email includes an attachment (supposedly an invoice) supposedly within a ZIP archive file. The archive file contains an executable (.EXE) file used to install the aforementioned Adwind malicious program. Adwind is a trojan-type malicious program that collects various data (including personal information). There are many different versions of this trojan, which is capable of collecting a wide range of data, including keystrokes, saved passwords, and so on. In some cases, it can record audio or video using webcams and microphones. Typically, the data is misused to generate revenue. For example, recorded passwords might be used to carry out transfers from a victim's bank account, whilst other data might be used for blackmailing purposes, and so on. Furthermore, trojan-type programs are often programmed to proliferate other computer infections. Therefore, having a virus such as Adwind installed can lead to serious problems.
|Name||Outriger Corporation 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.|
To eliminate Outriger Corporation virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are many scammers who use different technique. Examples of other similar scams are Christmas Greetings Email Virus, Y.E DESIGN Email Virus, and Christmas Day Bonus Gift Email Virus - these are used to proliferate various computer infections such as FormBook, TrickBot, and Ursnif. Frequently, these email campaigns are created with just one purpose: to trick people into opening the presented malicious attachment or website link.
How did "Outriger Email Virus" infect my computer?
Scammers who use the "Outriger Email Virus" spam campaign to proliferate the Adwind virus, often trick users into installing the rogue software by presenting an attached ZIP (.zip) archive file. Once extracted, this file contains an executable (.exe) file that installs Adwind. In other cases, malicious attachments could be Microsoft Office documents, PDF files, other archive files (such as RAR), executable files, and so on. There are also variants that contain links that, once opened, lead to malicious files. If, for example, the malicious file is an MS Office document, when opened it will ask to enable macro commands. Giving permission to enable these will allow a document to download/install a malicious program.
How to avoid installation of malware?
To avoid infections that are proliferated through spam email campaigns such as the "Outriger Email Virus", we advise you handle emails that contain links or attachments with caution. If you receive an email that was sent from a suspicious or unknown address/sender, or the email seems irrelevant (does not concern you), do not open the presented link or attachment. Have reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed - these tools can detect and eliminate viruses before they do any harm. If you have already opened a "Outriger Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "Outriger Email Virus" email message:
I hope this email finds you well.
Please find attached proforma for your acknowledgement and kindly send the final PI in order to proceed with the request for advance payment.
Awaiting your reply.
Mr. Kim Sung Hae
General importers-Outriger Corporation
COMPANY: Outrigger OWNER: Kim Sung Hae
ADDRESS: Outrigger 375-87 1st floor, Gyeongno-ro, Ilsan, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
TEL: 031-901-7092 FAX: 031-905-0444
E-MAIL: Overseas Sales Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
Import Domestic Team – email@example.com
Business Registration No.: 130-28-55800
COPYRIGHT (c) Outriger Corporation, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
All images and content used in this mail are prohibited from unauthorized use.
The information contained in this electronic transmission message and any of its attachments is intended for addressee(s) only and may contain confidential information. If you are not the addressee(s), please notify the sender and delete this message completely. Any views expressed herein are those of the individual sender except where the sender specifically states it to be the views of Outriger.
Outrigeris neither liable for incomplete transmission of this electronic message nor for any delay in its receipt. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any disclosure, reproduction, distribution or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this electronic message is strictly prohibited.
Another variant of email from Outriger email spam campaign. The malicious attachment is named "INV 3326GHF- from Outriger General Importers Korea for acknowledgment.exe" and it distributes Pony trojan:
Malicious attachment's technical analysis:
- Detection names: Avast (FileRepMalware), BitDefender (Gen:Heur.PonyStealer.5), Kaspersky (UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic)
- Full list of antivirus detections: VirusTotal
- Executable file name: INV 3326GHF- from Outriger General Importers Korea for acknowledgment.exe
- Sample first submitted: 2019-04-01
Text presented within this email:
I hope this email finds you well. Please find attached pro forma for your acknowledgement and kindly send the final PI in order to proceed with the request for advance payment. Awaiting your reply.
Mr. Hong Woo
Pony's process ("Aut2Exe") in Windows Task Manager:
Instant automatic removal of Outriger Corporation virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Outriger Corporation virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "Outriger Email Virus"?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Adwind 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 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:
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 the "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.
Check 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".
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.
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.