How to protect a system from damage that can be caused with DarkComet?

Also Known As: DarkComet remote access tool
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

DarkComet virus removal guide

What is DarkComet?

DarkComet is a name of a remote access/administration tool (RAT), programs of this type are designed/used to control systems through a remote network connection. Simply said, to control computers and perform various tasks remotely (using another computer). Cyber criminals often try to trick people into installing these programs and to use them with malicious intents. Having software like DarkComet installed unintentionally might cause serious problems, to avoid any of the possible outcome it is recommended to uninstall it as soon as possible.

DarkComet malware

Typically, programs like DarkComet can be used for various purposes. It is known that DarkComet is commonly used to capture screen, log keystrokes and steal passwords. Keylogging is a feature that can be used to record keystrokes, in other words, to record keys struck on a keyboard. Typically, cyber criminals use it to steal various accounts (their logins and passwords). For example, they could steal Email, Facebook, banking and other accounts. Having such accounts stolen might lead to serious privacy issues or even lead to financial loss. Other features available in DarkComet are webcam and sound capture. They could be used to record videos and sound or take photos that could be used to blackmail people and extract money from them by threatening to spread the recorded material. DarkComet can also be used to disable Task Manager, Windows Registry, Firewall and UAC, turn off, lock or restart the computer and so on. This software is capable of performing a variety of other tasks/actions too. How DarkComet is used depends on cyber criminals who tricked a user into installing it. Either way, most of the times they use programs of this type to steal/record details or perform actions that could be monetized in one or another way. Simply said, cyber criminals use remote access/administration tools to generate revenue. It usually causes people (victims) problems with privacy, browsing safety, financial loss and so on. Quite often RATs can be used to install various malicious programs such as ransomware. To avoid any serious problems that might be causes through DarkComet we recommend to uninstall it as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name DarkComet remote access tool
Threat Type Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware, Keylogger
Detection Names (PeaZip) Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.40417053), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Injector.DYWV), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Agent.gen), 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, hijacked webcam and microphone.
Removal

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There are many other RATs that cyber criminals use with malicious intent. Some examples are FlawedAmmyy, Orcus and Rescoms. In most cases people who are tricked into installing these programs encounter more or less serious problems. In order to avoid any of the possible problems that could be caused with the installed RAT it is strongly recommended to take certain precautions.

How did DarkComet infiltrate my computer?

To trick people into downloading and installing programs like DarkComet or some malware, cyber criminals use spam campaigns, trojans, unreliable file or software download channels, fake software updating and/or unofficial activation tools. To trick users into unwanted installations through spam campaigns, cyber criminals send emails that contain malicious attachments. Typically, these files install unwanted (or/and malicious) software only when recipients open them. Examples of files that cyber criminals usually attach to such emails are Microsoft Office documents, PDF documents, executable files like .exe, archive files like ZIP, RAR, JavaScript files, etc. Another way to spread various malware is to use trojans. However, it works only if a trojan is installed on the computer. When installed, it downloads and install various unwanted, malicious programs. Examples of untrustworthy download sources are unofficial pages, third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, free file hosting or freeware download pages and so on. Cyber criminals use them to spread malicious software by uploading files that are disguised as harmless and regular. When downloaded and opened these files start installation of one or another malicious software. Fake updating tools infect systems when they download and install malware instead of updates, fixes and so on, or when they exploit bugs, flaws of some installed program which is out-of-date. Unofficial activation ('cracking') tools usually are used with a purpose to activate paid software for free. Unfortunately, there are many cases where these tools were designed by cyber criminals and used to spread malicious programs.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We strongly recommend not to open any files (attachments) or click web links that are included in irrelevant emails, especially if they are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Download software (and files) from official websites and use direct download links. Various third party downloaders, installers and other similar tools should not be trusted/used. Furthermore, it is important to update installed programs with implemented functions or tools that are provided by official developers. Same applies to activation of paid software. Besides, it is not legal to bypass payments for licensed software using various 'cracking' tools. One more way to keep a computer safe is to regularly scan it with a reputable anti-virus or anti-virus software 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.

DarkComet download page:

darkcomet official download website

DarkComet's administration panel:

darkcomet configuration panel

Instant automatic removal of DarkComet remote access tool: 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 DarkComet remote access tool. 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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