I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account Email Virus

Also Known As: GandCrab 5.1 virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

"I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account" removal guide

What is "I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account"?

"I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account" is another email spam campaign used to distribute GandCrab 5.1 ransomware. The virus is being distributed using a malicious attachment. Cyber criminals send thousands of deceptive emails encouraging users to open a link which leads to an invoice. The problem is that opening a the attachment leads to infiltration of GandCrab 5.1 ransomware.

I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account

The "I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account" campaign's emails state that the sender has transferred money to recipient's account and encourages the recipient to check attached invoice. The attachment is a link that leads to a download of a password-protected archive which contains a malicious JavaScript file. Archive's password is given in the email. Once opened, the JavaScript downloads and executes GandCrab 5.1's binary file. Once infiltrated, GandCrab 5.1 encrypts most of stored files and makes ransom demands. While encrypting, GandCrab 5.1 generates a unique decryption key for each victim. Cyber criminals store all keys in a remote server. Therefore, since decryption without the key is impossible, victims are offered to purchase the key. In other words, cyber criminals basically blackmail victims. All payment details are provided via email. Therefore, the price is currently unknown. Nevertheless, no matter how low or high it is, you should never agree to pay. Research results show that ransomware developers often ignore victims, once payments are submitted. In other words, victims pay ransoms and get nothing in return - they simply support cyber criminals' malicious business. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of decrypting data compromised by GandCrab 5.1 for free - the only possible solution is to restore everything from a backup. Keep in mind that removing malware will not restore your data, however, it will prevent further encryptions. Therefore, if your data is encrypted, then you should immediately scan the system with a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite and eliminate all detect threats.

There are many email spam campaigns similar to "I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account". The list of examples includes (but it is not limited to) "Scotiabank Email Virus", "Verizon Email Virus", "Unicredit Bank Email Virus", "Love Letter Email Virus", and "A2 Trading Corp Email Virus". As with "I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account", listed spam campaigns also distribute malicious applications using infectious attachments. In most cases, such spam campaigns are used to proliferate trojan-type viruses, such as FormBook, TrickBot, Adwind, Emotet, AZORult, and similar. Despite the fact that these viruses behave differently (some record information, some cause chain infections, some encrypt data, and so on so forth), all of them have one thing in common: they pose direct threat to user's privacy and web browsing safety. Hence, elimination is paramount.

How did "I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account" infect my computer?

As mentioned above, "I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account" spam campaign delivers a malicious attachment - a link that leads to download of an archive which is presented as an invoice. The archive is password-protected, however, email text provides the password, which at the time of research was "invoice123". The archive contains a JavaScript file which connects to a server in order to download and run GandCrab 5.1 ransomware. Note that "I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account" is not the first spam campaign used to proliferate GandCrab 5.1. However, it is worth mentioning that in the past malicious attachments were Microsoft Office documents and they were using macro commands to infect the system. Using compressed JavaScript files is rather unusual for the distributors of this malware. One way or another, the infection would occur without user's interference - users have to trigger it manually by opening the malicious attachment.

How to avoid installation of malware?

First of all, everyone should that lack of knowledge and reckless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior. Caution is the key to computer safety. Hence, paying close attention when browsing the Internet is a must. Never open any malicious attachment before making sure that it is safe. If the file is irrelevant and/or if the sender looks suspicious then do not open anything. Moreover, keep in mind that cyber criminals often try to abuse users' curiosity/credulousness by sending them messages like "you've won a lottery", "you have received a package" or something else for free. However all this is a mere bait. We also highly recommend to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running at all times. Such tools are very handy when it comes to cyber security, because they're more than likely to detect and eliminate malware before anything bad happens. If you've already opened "I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "I Made Transfer Into Your Bank Account" email letter:

Subject: I made transfer
Hello, I made transfer into your bank account
I'll attach invoice on WeTransfer with password, I don't think you can extract them from mobile, please extract from Desktop
hxxp://104.248.163.221/invioce.php
Password for rar: invoice123
Please let me know
Regards,
Mark

Screenshot of GandCrab 5.1 encrypting victim's files:

GandCrab 5.1 encrypting victim's files

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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task, usually it's better to let antivirus or anti-malware programs do it 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's an example of a suspicious program running on 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 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 Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

You should write down it full path and name. Note that some malware hides their process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage it's very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate he suspicious program you want to remove right click your mouse over it's name and choose "Delete"

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware won't 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 file 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 help remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills, it's recommended to leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it's better to avoid getting infected that try to remove malware afterwards. To keep your computer safe be sure to install 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.