More_eggs virus removal guide
What is More_eggs?
More_eggs is high-risk trojan that opens 'backdoors' and allows cyber criminals to manipulate the system. This virus is typically proliferated using spam email campaigns. Specifically, criminals send fake job offers and attempt to trick recipients into opening malicious attachments (PDF/Microsoft Office documents) or links to websites that trigger download of other similar docs.
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
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There are dozens of trojan-type viruses that share similarities with More_eggs including Cobalt Strike, IcedID, and Brushaloader. These are just some examples from a long list. Although the developers and functionality differ slightly, all of these viruses are capable of damaging the system and causing a number of privacy-relating issues. Therefore, eliminating infections like More_eggs is extremely important.
How did More_eggs infiltrate my computer?
As mentioned above, More_eggs is distributed using malicious PDF and Microsoft Office documents that are proliferated using spam email campaigns. Cyber criminals send fake job offers encouraging recipients to open attached links/files. Note that criminals who proliferate this malware do not blindly send hundreds of thousands of emails to random people - they target certain companies and their employees. In most cases, the entire campaign consists of two emails. The first one is typically sent through LinkedIn direct messaging. The sender claims to be a staff member of a company and offers the recipient a job position. Around one week later, the recipient receives another email with a similar message stating that she/he was contacted and that this is a reminder of the existing offer. Depending on the email, the recipient can receive various attachments. If the attachment is a link, it leads to a fake website (a replica) of the original company site (of which sender claims to be staff member). Once opened, this site immediately triggers download of a malicious PDF/MS Office document. In some cases, these documents are compressed to a password-protected archive and simply attached directly to the email. In any case, for More_eggs to infiltrate the system, users must manually open these files. Malicious documents contain macros designed using the Taurus Builder or VenomKit. Opening these files and granting permission to execute macros leads to infiltration of More_eggs malware.
How to avoid installation of malware?
To prevent these infections, be very cautious when browsing the internet. Never open email attachments that are irrelevant or received from suspicious/unrecognizable email addresses. Bear in mind that criminals send various deceptive emails that offer products or services free of charge. For example, emails claim that the user has won a lottery, received a package, and so on. Do not be tricked. Have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running, since these tools can detect and eliminate malware before it damages the system. Use 2010 or a newer version of MS Office, since it is implemented with "Protected View" mode, which prevents malicious documents from executing macros automatically. The main reasons for computer ifnections are poor knowledge and careless behavior - the key to safety is caution. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
List of More_eggs malware functions:
- Delete files/startup entries and terminate
- Download additional/new scripts
- Download and execute PE file
- Run command shell commands
- Run new script and terminate current script
Malicious attachment distributing More_eggs:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is More_eggs?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of More_eggs 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 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:
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 Malwarebytes for Windows.