Warzone virus removal guide
What is Warzone?
Warzone is remote access trojan (RAT) that cyber criminals use to remotely access victims' computers. This trojan is advertised using a public website, and thus 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 various ways.
Warzone's code is written in the C++ programming language. This RAT is independent of .NET Framework and controls computers via the VNC module. Warzone uses the HRDP model, which allows it to log into computers (Windows accounts) without victims' knowledge. Furthermore, this model allows cyber criminals to bypass UAC (User Account Control) security. I.e., 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, and 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), which 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 a powerful remote access tool that can be used to cause serious damage. It might be used to steal passwords, logins of various accounts (including bank accounts), to install malware (i.e. ransomware) that could lead to data loss or other problems, to record videos using the webcam and then use them to blackmail people, and so on. Essentially, Warzone is used to steal data/details that could be used to generate revenue. Therefore, people who have Warzone installed are likely to experience financial loss, privacy issues, and have their computers infected with other malware and suffer from a number of other, serious problems.
|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 the victim's computer and remain silent, and 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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
There are a number of RATs available, however, even legitimate ones can be used for malicious purposes. Some examples of other, similar tools are Bandook, CrossRAT, and Atilla Stealer. Typically, cyber criminals distribute RATs (trick people into installing them) to steal personal, sensitive data/information. If there is any reason to believe that your computer is infected with software of this kind, uninstall it immediately.
How did Warzone infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware?
Do not open attachments or web links that are present in emails received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Note, these emails are usually presented as official, important, and so on, but they should not be trusted. Update installed software properly using implemented functions or tools that are provided by official developers, and not other, third party tools. Do not download software or files from untrustworthy, unofficial websites, using third party downloaders, or other dubious sources. The only safe channels are official websites. Installed, paid software should be activated properly. Third party activation/cracking tools are illegal and often download and install malware. All computers are safer when reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software is installed. Keep these programs enabled at all times and scan systems for viruses regularly. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Screenshot of a website that is used to promote Warzone:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Warzone?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Warzone 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.