How to protect computers from infection by Laturo

Also Known As: Laturo virus
Type: Trojan
Damage level: Severe

What is Laturo?

Laturo is a malicious program that cyber criminals use to steal sensitive information. Their main goal is to acquire as much information as possible so that it can be used to generate revenue in fraudulent ways.

People with computers infected by this malware might experience serious problems relating to their privacy, finances, and other issues. You are strongly advised to uninstall this software immediately.

Laturo malware

Research shows that this malware can be used to steal various passwords, browser cookies and autofill data, credit card details, private key information from wallet.dat files, hack Telegram, Steam, Battle.net, PayPal and Amazon accounts.

Most of the stolen information/data such as credit card details or credentials of accounts such as Amazon or PayPal can be used to access personal accounts and make fraudulent money transactions or purchases. Stolen autofill data from browsers might be used to hack various accounts that people access automatically (browsers complete login and password data).

Stolen cookies might be used to gain unauthorized access to information or services within a computer system. Laturo can also be used to obtain logs recorded using a keylogging feature. In this way, cyber criminals can misuse details that were entered by a user of an infected computer whilst using the keyboard (recorded key presses).

The data can include credentials (passwords, logins) of personal accounts. With access, cyber criminals can misuse these details to generate revenue. Furthermore, Laturo can be used as a 'botnet controller' - it can recruit an infected computer into its botnet to launch attacks on other computers.

Laturo is also designed to operate as 'loader' - it can download additional malware (such as ransomware) via its command and control (C&C) server. This is a powerful loader and stealer, which can cause serious damage and, therefore, must be eliminated from the operating immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Laturo virus
Threat Type Trojan, Password-stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
Detection Names Arcabit (Trojan.Generic.DE200), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKDZ.57856), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.GVYT), Kaspersky (Trojan-Spy.Win32.SpyEyes.bjtb), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload This malware can be used to install a banking trojan, ransomware, and other high-risk malicious software.
Symptoms Programs like Laturo 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 RIG Exploit Kit
Damage Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet, additional malware payload
Malware Removal (Windows)

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There are many other malicious programs categorized as 'stealers' (programs designed to steal sensitive, personal details). Some examples are Qulab, KPOT, and Baldr. They data they steal might differ, however, a computer infected with a malicious program of this type always leads to problems relating to privacy, financial loss, identity theft, and/or other serious problems.

How did Laturo infiltrate my computer?

Laturo infects systems through the RIG Exploit Kit. Exploit kits are programs that cyber criminals/attackers use to initiate exploits against vulnerable software. They can be used to take advantage of vulnerabilities in browsers and web pages. Research shows that RIG is proliferated through deceptive ads that have been injected into legitimate (or otherwise) websites.

This exploit is one of the most successful and actively-used kits. Cyber criminals use it to proliferate malware such as Laturo stealer and also to install banking trojans, ransomware, or some lesser known cryptocurrency/coin miners.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Do not click suspicious, possibly deceptive ads displayed on legitimate or dubious websites. All files and programs should be downloaded from official websites and using direct download links. Do not use Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, unofficial sites, third party downloaders, and so on.

All installed programs should be activated and updated properly. Attempts to activate software free of charge/using third party 'cracking' tools often leads to installation of malware. Unofficial update tools can also be used to proliferate software of this type - they install malicious programs or exploit bugs/flaws of outdated installed programs.

Files attached to irrelevant emails and sent from suspicious or unknown addresses should not be trusted or opened. The same applies to web links presented in emails of this kind. Examples of files that cyber criminals use to proliferate malware through emails include Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, executable files, JavaScript files, archives such as ZIP, RAR, and so on.

Finally, computers are safer when they are regularly scanned with reputable, up-to-date anti-virus or anti-spyware software. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Screenshots of Laturo control panel:

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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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus 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:

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 the 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 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".

locate the malware file you want to remove

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.

searching for malware file on your computer

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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.

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