Warzone RAT

Also Known As: Warzone remote access trojan
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Warzone virus removal guide

What is Warzone?

Warzone is a remote access trojan (RAT) that cyber criminals use to remotely access computers of their victims. This trojan is advertised using some public website, which means it can be downloaded and used by anyone. Typically, cyber criminals try to trick people into installing these programs and then use them to steal various personal information that could be used to generate revenue in one or another way.

Warzone malware

Warzone's code is written in C++ programming language, this RAT is independent of .NET Framework. It controls computers via the VNC module. Warzone uses HRDP model which allows it to log into computers (Windows accounts) without victims knowing about it. Besides, this model allows cyber criminals to bypass UAC (User Account Control) security, in other words, they can control the system using administrative privileges. This feature works on Windows versions from 7 to 10. Warzone can be used to access the victim's webcam, to steal passwords from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge browsers, and Outlook, Thunderbird and Foxmail email clients. Furthermore, cyber criminals can use this trojan to download and upload various files, execute and delete them. It also includes a key logging feature (live key logger) that records every pressed key, even when offline. Cyber criminals can also use it to send commands to the infected computer's CMD (Command Prompt), view and end/kill processes via Task Manager and browse the web using the computer's IP address. This is quite a powerful remote access tool that can be used to cause serious damage. It can be used to steal passwords, logins of various accounts (including banking accounts), to install malware (i.e. ransomware) that could lead to data loss or other problems, to record videos using webcam and then use them to blackmail people and so on. Basically, Warzone is used to steal data/details that could be used to generate revenue, which means people who have it installed are very likely to experience financial loss, privacy issues, can get their computers infected with other malware and suffer from a variety of other, serious problems.

Threat Summary:
Name Warzone remote access trojan
Threat Type Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Graftor.527299), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Agent.TJS), Kaspersky (Trojan.Win32.Agentb.jiad), Full List (VirusTotal)
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.

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There is a variety of RATs, however, even legitimate ones can be used for malicious purposes. Here are examples of other, similar tools: Bandook, CrossRAT and Atilla Stealer. Typically, cyber criminals distribute them (trick people into installing them) with a purpose to steal personal, sensitive data/information. If there is any reason to believe that a computer is infected with a software of this kind, it should be uninstalled immediately.

How did Warzone infiltrate my computer?

There are various ways to distribute these programs. As a rule, cyber criminals trick people into downloading and installing them through spam email campaigns, fake software updaters, third party software activation tools, untrustworthy software download sources and trojan-type programs. Spam campaigns can be used to proliferate malicious programs through email attachments. For example, Microsoft Office documents, PDF documents, archive files (like ZIP, RAR and so on), executables (like .exe files), JavaScript files and other files. When people (email recipients) open these attachments, they give a permission for some malicious software to be downloaded and installed. Fake (unofficial) software updaters can be used to exploit bugs, flaws of outdated software. In other cases, these tools simply download and install malware instead of the fixes, updates. Unofficial activation ('cracking') tools infect computers very similarly. These tools are promoted as programs that supposed to allow their users to activate licensed software for free However, instead of doing so they often download and install viruses/malware. Another way to spread malicious files/programs is to use various unreliable software download sources for that. For example, Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients, etc.), free file hosting and freeware download websites, third party downloaders and other similar sources. These channels can be used to present malicious files as legitimate. Unfortunately, when malicious files are downloaded and opened, they infect computers with some high-risk malware. Trojans are programs that cause chain infections - if installed, they spread other viruses. However, in order to be able to cause any damage, these programs have to be already installed.

How to avoid installation of malware?

First, do not open any attachments or web links that are present in emails received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Note, these emails usually are presented as official, important and so on. Therefore, they should not be trusted. Furthermore, it is important to update installed software properly. It should be done using implemented functions or tools that are provided by official developers, not some other, third party tools. Do not download software or files from untrustworthy and unofficial websites, using third party downloaders and other sources. The only safe channels are official websites. If some installed software is not free, it should be activated properly. Third party activation/cracking tools are not legal and often are designed to download and install malware. All computers are safer when there are some reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware suites installed on them. Besides, it is important to keep programs of this type enabled at all times and to scan systems for viruses regularly. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Screenshot of a website that is used to promote Warzone:

website promoting warzone

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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.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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