Prevent financial loss that can be caused with GozNym

Also Known As: GozNym virus
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

GozNym virus removal guide

What is GozNym?

GozNym is a malicious software that operates as an online banking trojan. It is a combination of two malicious programs - Gozi ISFB (also known as Ursnif) and Nymaim. It is known that GozNym's developers use this malware to steal money from banks, e-commerce platforms, credit unions and other business accounts. Like many other trojans, GozNym is stealthy, it infects computers without being detected by installed anti-virus suite. Typically, people or companies who become victims of GozNym suffer financial losses. This or any other trojan must be uninstalled as soon as possible.

GozNym malware

GozNym performs online banking fraud through infected web browsers (such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and so on). It is designed to steal victims' online banking login credentials and use them to access online bank accounts. Simply said, cyber criminals transfer money from victims' account to some other account that is controlled by them. What makes this malware even more dangerous is that it is capable of avoiding being detected by anti-virus programs. Simply said, most people do not know that they have their computers infected with it. It is known that cyber criminals who use GozNym have already stolen money from more than 40,000 people. As a rule, trojans like this one cause serious financial problems and privacy issues. Another issue is users' lack of knowledge and reckless behavior. A lot of people use same password for multiple accounts. Therefore, after hijacking a bank account and checking the entire profile cyber criminals may gain access to victim's email address (if they use the same password) and ultimately to other personal accounts. If there is a reason to believe that a computer is already infected with GozNym (or any other malicious program of this type), this malware should be removed as soon as possible. Additionally, you should immediately change all of your passwords and take a closer look at your bank account. If you see any suspicious activity (e.g., money transferring, online purchases, etc.) then you should immediately contact your bank and inform them about the current situation.

Threat Summary:
Name GozNym virus
Threat Type Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware.
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Dridex.17), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/TrojanDownloader.Nymaim.BA), Kaspersky (Trojan.Win32.Agent.iitg), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload It installs a banking trojan by infecting Internet browsers.
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 Exploit kits, infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.
Damage Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.
Removal

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Examples of other banking trojans are Bolik, Chthonic and Tinynuke. Unfortunately, there are many other programs of this type that cyber criminals use to steal money from unsuspecting people. One way or another, all crooks who use banking trojans target online banking accounts and steal login credentials.

How did GozNym infiltrate my computer?

It is known that GozNym infiltrates computers through exploit kits, through programs that cyber criminals use to launch exploits agains installed vulnerable programs. Simply said, exploits usually are designed to take advantage of some vulnerability in a program and forces it to behave differently/unexpectedly. However, there are other ways to spread malicious programs. Cyber criminals often use spam campaigns for that, they send emails that contain attachments. If opened, these attachments (such as Microsoft Office documents, JavaScript files, executables, archives like ZIP, RAR) download and install some malicious software. In other cases malware is distributed through unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule, etc.), freeware download pages, free file hosting pages and so on. People infect their computers when they download and open files that are malicious. Typically, cyber criminals disguise these files as harmless/regular files. Furthermore, malware (including trojans) can be proliferated through fake updating tools that download and install unwanted, malicious software instead of updates. Unofficial activation tools operate very similarly, instead of performing activations they download and install malware.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Always carefully analyze received emails, especially if they contain attachments (or web links). If an email is sent from some unknown, suspicious address, or it is  irrelevant, then we strongly recommend to ignore it. In other words, to leave attached files or links unopened. The safest way to download any software is to use only official and trustworthy websites. Various third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial websites should not be used. Update installed software through implemented functions or tools that are designed by official software developers. Do not activate software with unofficial ('cracking') tools, they are illegal and often are designed to spread malware. Have a reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed, it can be really helpful when dealing with various computer infections. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

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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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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