Forbix virus removal guide
What is Forbix?
Forbix is a malicious program and classified as a 'worm'. It can infect available drives, protect itself against removal, update itself, perform a second stage payload, and communicate through a C2 server. Generally, worms are malicious programs that can replicate to spread to other computers. They can be used to perform ransomware attacks, steal personal details such as passwords, or add infected computers to botnets. In summary, worms can be used for a number of malicious purposes.
If a worm is used to install a 'backdoor', it can allow cyber criminals to control a computer remotely (add it to a botnet), and use it to send spam or perform DoS attacks. The victim's computer could be used to send spam emails designed to trick other people into installing malicious software, visiting untrustworthy websites, and so on. 'DoS attacks' are effectively cyber attacks designed to make machines or networks inaccessible for a specific period of time. To perform these attacks, cyber criminals use infected computers that are added to a botnet. For example, other computers could be used to connect to a particular website to overload it and prevent access by other users. Furthermore, worms can be used to proliferate malicious software such as ransomware. These programs encrypt files stored on computers and force victims to pay ransoms. Typically, people who have computers infected with ransomware experience data loss. This can also lead to monetary loss. As we mentioned, Forbix can infect connected drives such as USBs. Therefore, it can spread to other computers when users insert/connect an infected drive. It can also update itself to a newer (potentially, more harmful) version. Forbix is difficult to remove - one of its capabilities is to protect itself from removal. This worm can also be used to infect computers with cryptocurrency miners. These programs use victims' computer hardware to mine cryptocurrency. Generally, these processes cause high GPU and/or CPU usage, which results in higher electricity consumption and bills. Cyber criminals who proliferate programs of this type seek to generate revenue at the victim's expense. Remove Forbix from your computer immediately.
|Detection Names||Avast (VBS:AutoRun-DM [Trj]), BitDefender (Trojan.VBE.Agent.AK), ESET-NOD32 (VBS/Agent.NJS), Kaspersky (Trojan.VBS.Autorun.al), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Payload||Worms can be used to spread malware such as ransomware, information stealers, cryptocurrency miners, and so on.|
|Symptoms||Worms 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||Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software 'cracks'.|
|Damage||Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Another example of a 'worm'-type program is Retadup. Typically, worms spread on other computers. Their purpose is to infect as many systems as possible. They are often used to infect computers with additional malware such as ransomware, malicious cryptocurrency miners, password stealers, and so on. Their payload can vary, however, installed worms mostly cause serious damage including data and financial loss.
How did Forbix infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware
Irrelevant emails that contain attachments or web links and are received from unknown/suspicious addresses should not be trusted. Typically, cyber criminals disguise them as official, however, it is not safe to open these attachments or click the links. Do not download or install software using third party downloaders/installers, or use any other dubious sources to download files or programs. The best way to achieve this is via official websites and direct download links. All installed software should be updated through tools or implemented functions provided by official software developers. Do not use unofficial tools that supposedly activate licensed software. This is illegal and using 'cracking' tools often infects computers with unwanted, malicious software. To avoid damage caused by malware, regularly scan systems with reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software. Additionally, it is important to keep such software up-to-date. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes 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 is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Malwarebytes 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:
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 the 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 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".
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.
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 Malwarebytes for Windows.