FlawedAmmyy virus removal guide
What is FlawedAmmyy?
FlawedAmmyy is the name of a software that cyber criminals use for malicious purposes. To be more precise, FlawedAmmyy is a remote access trojan (RAT) that they use to access computers remotely and steal various personal data/information. People who have their systems infected with FlawedAmmyy might experience serious problems, it is strongly recommended to remove (uninstall) this program as soon as possible.
FlawedAmmyy can be used to steal various private files, credentials (like logins and passwords of various accounts), take screenshots and access computer's microphone and camera. Cyber criminals could use it to steal Facebook, email and other accounts and use them for malicious purposes. For example, they could send other people malicious files, trick them into making money transactions and so on. Cyber criminals could use stolen private files to blackmail victims by asking money for not spreading them on the Internet/sharing them with other parties, and so on. The same could be done with photos taken with victim's camera or records made with microphone. They could also take screenshots of personal documents or other important/sensitive data or information and use them to extract money from their victims. One way or another, programs like FlawedAmmyy could be used to cause problems with privacy, financial loss and so on. If there is a reason to think that a computer is infected with this program, it should be eliminated as soon as possible.
|Name||FlawedAmmyy remote access trojan|
|Threat Type||Remote Access Tool/Trojan|
|Detection Names (real3d.dll)||Emsisoft (MalCert.D (A)), Endgame (Malicious (high Confidence)), Kaspersky (Backdoor.Win32.RA-based.rw), McAfee (Artemis!2EA2546BB594), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Remote Access Tools 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 (.xls files), malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.|
|Damage||Stolen passwords, private files, identity theft, hijacked camera and microphone.|
To eliminate FlawedAmmyy remote access trojan our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Examples of other remote access tools that cyber criminals use to generate revenue in one or another way are Orcus, NetSupport Manager and Rescoms. There are many cases where tools of this type can be used to download and install malicious programs on victims's computer, for example, ransomware or trojans. Either way, remote access tools, if used by cyber criminals, can cause serious damage.
How did FlawedAmmyy infiltrate my computer?
Research shows that to trick people into installing FlawedAmmyy cyber criminals use spam campaigns. They send emails that contain attached .xls (Excel) file. If executed, this file runs macro commands that execute the msiexec.exe tool (a prcoess which is a part of Windows operating system). This tool downloads an MSI archive which includes a hidden executable which is designed to decrypt and execute another executable (wsus.exe) which installs the FlawedAmmyy RAT. Other ways to spread malware are trojans, untrustworthy software download sources, fake software updaters and unofficial activation tools. Trojans install other malware only if they are already installed on the system. Simply said, programs of type often are designed to cause chain infections. Unreliable file or software download channels are Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients and so on), freeware download websites, free file hosting pages, unofficial websites, third party downloaders and other similar sources. Cyber criminals use them to disguise malicious files (executables) as regular files. People who download and open files through unreliable download channels risk to cause installations of malware by themselves. Fake software updaters either exploit bugs, flaws of some installed, outdated software, or download and install malicious programs instead of updates, fixes. Unofficial activation tools that are used to activate paid software for free often download and install malware too.
How to avoid installation of malware?
Do not open attachments (or web links) that are presented in irrelevant emails and sent from unknown, suspicious addresses. Also, always keep installed software up-to-date, however, it should not be done with unofficial tools. The best way to achieve it is to use tools (or/and functions) that are provided by official software developers for that. Download software (and files) from official, trustworthy websites and use direct download links. Avoid using any third party software downloaders, unofficial, suspicious websites and other similar channels. Software must be activated properly, 'cracking' and other unofficial tools can be dangerous (used to spread malware), besides, it is not legal to use them. Have a trustworthy (reputable) anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed and keep it up-to-date. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Malicious attachment distributing FlawedAmmyy:
Instant automatic removal of FlawedAmmyy remote access trojan:
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 FlawedAmmyy remote access trojan. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is FlawedAmmyy?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of FlawedAmmyy malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
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:
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 Autoruns.exe file.
In 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.
Check 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"
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.
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.