Protect systems from installation of Torpig trojan

Also Known As: Torpig malware
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Torpig virus removal guide

What is Torpig?

Torpig is the name of a trojan-type malware which targets Microsoft Windows users. Research shows that this malicious program injects a component which operates as a keystroke logger (record pressed keys). Additionally, it can be used to download and execute various files that infect computers with other malware. Torpig can be used to cause serious damage, it should be removed from the operating system as soon as possible.

Torpig malware

Keylogging feature allows malicious programs to record keys that are being pressed on a keyboard. It means that cyber criminals can use software of this type to steal credentials like logins and passwords of various personal accounts like banking, Facebook, email, and so on. Stolen accounts may be used to make transactions, purchases, perform email fraud, etc. These actions can cause victims financial problems, privacy, browsing safety issues, cyber criminals could use recorded details to steal identities, and so forth. Furthermore, it is known that Torpig can be used to download and execute various files, for example, files that are designed to install ransomware, or other malware. Programs like ransomware cause data and financial loss by encrypting files and allowing cyber criminals to force victims to pay a ransom (purchase decryption tools from them). Cyber criminals may use Torpig to infect computers with other high-risk malware like Emotet, LokiBot, Laturo, and so on. Either way, executed files could be used to cause serious additional damage. These are the two main reasons why Torpig should be removed from the infected systems immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Torpig malware
Threat Type Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
Detection Names Antiy-AVL (Trojan[Backdoor]/Win32.Sinowal), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Zusy.61111), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.BICY), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload Keystroke logger, malware downloader and loader.
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.
Removal

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More examples of high-risk malware (trojan-type programs) are Glubteba, Nymeria and Ave Maria. Different trojans might be used for different purposes, either way, cyber criminals distribute to generate as much revenue as possible. Typically, they achieve it by stealing sensitive information, infecting computers with other malware, and so on. Any trojan-type software, if installed on the operating system, should be eliminated as soon as possible.

How did Torpig infiltrate my computer?

Operating systems can be infected with malware in various ways. Typically, cyber criminals spread software of this type through spam campaigns/emails, unreliable download channels, and fake software activation or updating tools. To infect systems through emails, they send emails that contain attached malicious files and hope that recipients will open them. If opened, these files install one or another malicious program. To spread such programs they send Microsoft Office or PDF documents, archive files like ZIP, RAR, executable files like .exe, JavaScript files, and so on. These files cannot infect any system if recipients leave them unopened. Furthermore, malicious files can be distributed through untrustworthy download channels too. Cyber criminals use these channels to disguise these files as legitimate and harmless and seek to trick people into downloading and opening them. If opened, these files install malware. Examples of channels that can be used to proliferate such software are unofficial websites, freeware or free file hosting pages, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, and other similar download sources. Fake software activation ('cracking') tools supposed to help their users to activate licensed programs for free. Unfortunately, these tools are often designed by cyber criminals who seek to trick people into installing malware. Fake/unofficial updating tools damage systems either by exploiting bugs/flaws of installed software that is out-of-date or simply installing malicious software instead of updating outdated one (downloading updates).

How to avoid installation of malware?

We advise to be very careful with attachments or links that are presented in irrelevant emails, especially if they are received from unknown or suspicious addresses. The safest way to deal with them is to simply leave them unopened. Another important thing is to download programs and files from official, trustworthy websites and using directs links. Tools/channels like party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, and other similar tools can be used to distribute malicious programs, that is why it is not a good idea to use them when willing to download or install some program. Installed software should be updated regularly, however, it should be done with tools or implemented functions that are provided by official software developers. Installed software or operating system should not be activated through 'cracking' tools. First, it is not legal and second, these tools often are designed to infect computers with malicious programs. And finally, it is important to scan operating system for threats with a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software regularly. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Instant automatic removal of Torpig malware: 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 Torpig malware. 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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