Eliminate Godlua backdoor malware from the system

Also Known As: Godlua virus
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

Godlua virus removal guide

What is Godlua?

Godlua is backdoor malware that can be used to infect computers of Windows and Linux users. To avoid detection, this malicious program uses DNS over HTTPS protocol. One of the versions targets Windows, another one targets both Windows and Linux systems. It is known that one of the purposes of Godlua is to perform DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. The version that targets both platforms is being constantly updated, it means that it might include additional features.

Godlua malware

Godlua can be used to control operating systems remotely by sending commands to them via Command and Control server. It allows attackers to open/launch various files and execute Linux commands. In other words, to control computers remotely. Godlua could be used to infect computers with other malicious software such as ransomware. Programs of this type prevent victims from accessing their data by encrypting them with strong encryption. Typically, the only way to get a decryption tool and/or key is to pay cyber criminals a particular amount of money (cryptocurrency). These programs usually cause data and/or financial loss. Additionally, computers can be infected with keystroke loggers that record every pressed key. As a rule, these programs are used to steal sensitive information such as banking credentials, logins and passwords of various accounts and so on. Furthermore, cyber criminals might Godlua to spread cryptocurrency miners that use computer hardware (CPU, GPU) to mine cryptocurrency by solving mathematical problems. These programs cause high CPU (or/and GPU) and slow down computers, or make them unusable. Besides, they cause higher electricity consumption, which means people who have their computers infiltrated with crypto miners receive higher electricity bills. These programs can lead to unexpected shutdowns, hardware overheat and so on. As mentioned in the introduction, one of the damages that can be done with Godlua are DDoS attacks. The main purpose of such attacks is to close normal traffic of the attacked server, service or network by flooding it with unwanted traffic. Since one of the Godlua's versions (the one that targets both Windows and Linux systems) is being actively updated, this malware could be capable of causing a variety of damage. If there is a reason to suspect that a computer is infected with it, this malware should be eliminated immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Godlua virus
Threat Type Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
Detection Names (x86_64-static-linux-uclibc.jpg) Avast (ELF:Miner-AB [Trj]), DrWeb (Linux.Siggen.1912), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Linux/Godlua.A), Symantec (Trojan Horse), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload Cryptocurrency miner, keystroke logger, ransomware and other high-risk malware.
Symptoms Backdoor malware is designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.
Distribution methods Confluence exploit (CVE-2019-3396), infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks, unofficial software updating tools.
Damage Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.

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There are many malicious programs that can be used by cyber criminals to control computers from a distance/remotely. For example, RMS Rat, Warzone and Bandook. If installed on an unsuspecting user's computer, they could be used to steal personal details, encrypt files, cause financial loss and so on. Programs of this kind must be removed the moment they are detected.

How did Godlua infiltrate my computer?

Research shows that some people had their computers infected with Godlua via the Confluence exploit (CVE-2019-3396). However, this applies only to Linux users. Besides, there is no information about any other ways that are used to spread this malware. Typically, cyber criminals proliferate malicious software through spam email campaigns, trojans, fake software updaters, 'cracking', tools and untrustworthy sources that people use to download files, software. Spam campaigns (emails) are used to spread infections through files attached to them. Sent attachments could be Microsoft Office documents, archive files, PDFs, JavaScript files, executables (like .exe) and so on. When opened, they download and install malicious programs. Trojans are malicious programs that do damage by simply downloading and installing malware, however, only if they are already installed. Fake software updaters infect computers when they download and install malicious programs instead of updates, or by exploiting bugs/flaws of the software that is not updated. Software 'cracking' tools supposed to serve as programs that activate other, paid programs. The problem is that these tools are not legal and often designed by cyber criminals who seek to spread computer infections. Free file hosting, freeware download websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule, etc.) and other similar sources often include/contain infected files. People who use such channels to download files or programs risk to download malicious ones. When opened, they infect computers with high-risk malicious software.

How to avoid installation of malware?

If some email is received from questionable address and it is irrelevant, then it is not safe to open the included attachment (or click the presented link). The best way to avoid damage caused by such emails is to ignore them. Furthermore, download software via direct links and from trustworthy and official sources only. None of the sources that we mentioned in the paragraph above can be trusted. Update installed programs with tools or functions that are created by official developers, do not activate it with 'cracking' tools. We also recommend to have a credible anti-virus or anti-spyware suite installed and enabled all the time. 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 Godlua detection names in Virustotal page:

godlua detected as a threat in virustotal

Instant automatic removal of Godlua 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 Godlua virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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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