How to protect computers from being infected with Laturo?

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

Laturo virus removal guide

What is Laturo?

Laturo is a malicious program that cyber criminals use to steal sensitive information. Their main goal is to steal as much as possible information that could be used to generate revenue in fraudulent ways. People who have their computers infected with this malware may experience serious problems related to privacy, finances and other issues. It is strongly recommended to uninstall this software as soon as possible.

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 like credit card details or credentials of accounts like Amazon or PayPal can be used to access personal accounts and make fraudulent money transactions or purchases. Stolen autofill data from browsers could be used to hack various accounts that people access automatically (browsers fill in login and password data). Stolen cookies could be used to gain unauthorized access to information or services in a computer system. Laturo can be used to obtain logs recorded using a keylogging feature too. It means that cyber criminals could misuse details that were entered by a user of the infected computer while he was using a keyboard (pressing keys on it). Recorded data can include various credentials (passwords, logins) of personal accounts, by having access to them cyber criminals could misuse them to generate revenue too. Furthermore, Laturo can be used as a botnet controller, it can recruit infected computer into its botnet to launch attacks on other computers. Laturo is also designed to operate as loader, it can download additional malware (like ransomware) via its command and control (C&C) server. It is a quite powerful loader and stealer that can cause victims serious damage, for this reason it 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 could be used to install banking trojan, ransomware and other high-risk malicious software.
Symptoms Programs like Laturo are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent 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
Removal

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There are many other malicious programs that can be categorized as stealers (programs that are designed to steal sensitive, persona details). A couple of examples are Qulab, KPOT and Baldr. They might be used to steal different data, however, having a computer infected with a malicious program of this type always leads to problems related to privacy, financial loss, identity theft and/or other serious problems.

How did Laturo infiltrate my computer?

It is known that Laturo infects systems through the RIG Exploit Kit. Exploit kits are programs that cyber criminals/attackers use to initiate exploits agains vulnerable software. They can be used to take advantage of vulnerabilities in browsers and web pages too. Research shows that RIG is being spread through deceptive ads that have been injected into legitimate (or not) websites. This exploit is known as one of the most successful and actively used kits. Cyber criminals use it to spread not only malware like Laturo stealer but to install banking trojans, ransomware or some less known cryptocurrency/coin miners too.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We do not recommend to click suspicious, possibly deceptive ads that are displayed on both legitimate and questionable websites. All files and programs should be downloaded from official websites and using direct download links and not using Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, unofficial sites, third party downloaders and so on. All installed programs should be activated and updated properly. Attempts to activate software for free/using third party 'cracking' tools often lead to installations of various malware. Unofficial updating tools can be used to spread software of this type too, they either install malicious programs or exploit bugs, flaws of outdated installed programs. Files attached to irrelevant emails that are sent from suspicious or unknown addresses should not be trusted and opened. The same applies to web links that are presented in emails of this kind. Examples of files that cyber criminals use to spread malware through emails are Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, executable files, JavaScript files, archives like ZIP, RAR and so on. And finally, computers are safer when they are regularly scanned with a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software that is always 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.

Screenshots of Laturo control panel:

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Instant automatic removal of Laturo 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 Laturo 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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