How to prevent financial loss caused through Clipboard Hijacker?

Also Known As: Clipboard Hijacker virus
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

Clipboard Hijacker virus removal guide

What is Clipboard Hijacker?

Clipboard Hijacker is a malicious software which is used by cyber criminals who seek to make fraudulent cryptocurrency transactions. It can be achieved by simply changing cryptocurrency wallet addresses from the ones that are saved in a clipboard to other, owned by cyber criminals. Simply said, they use Clipboard Hijacker to steal cryptocurrency from other people who use cryptocurrency and make its transactions. This malware must be uninstalled immediately.

Clipboard Hijacker malware

Clipboard is a buffer in operating systems used to temporarily store data while it is being moved (typically, copied) from one place to another. For example, data copied from some document gets stored in Clipboard so that users could paste it to some another, even different kind of a document. In this particular case cyber criminals use Clipboard Hijacker to replace cryptocurrency wallet addresses that are copied to clipboard with addresses of other wallets. It is very common that people do not make transactions by entering wallet addresses manually and copy them to a clipboard. When some address is copied into clipboard, cyber criminals use Clipboard Hijacker to replace it with another address so that unsuspecting victims would transfer money to them and not another person who supposed to receive cryptocurrency. It is known that people tend not to double-check entered wallet addresses and that is how cyber criminals successfully trick them into making unintentional transactions. To prevent this from happening we advise to remove Clipboard Hijacker as soon as possible and always double-check entered addresses before making cryptocurrency transactions.

Threat Summary:
Name Clipboard Hijacker virus
Threat Type Clipboard hijaclking malware
Detection Names AegisLab (Trojan.Win32.Generic.4!c), Endgame (Malicious (high Confidence)), ESET-NOD32 (PowerShell/Rozena.EA), Kaspersky (UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic), Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Clipboard data stealers/hijackers 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.
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There are many malicious programs that are capable of replacing data saved to clipboard, a couple of other examples are Clipsa and Qulab. Having malware like Clipboard Hijacker installed on the system usually leads to financial loss (loss of cryptocurrency). It is possible that cyber criminals might use programs of this type to steal other personal information too. Either way, any malware of this or other type must be eliminated as soon as possible.

How did Clipboard Hijacker infiltrate my computer?

Typically, malware like Clipboard Hijacker is distributed using spam campaigns (emails), Trojans, untrustworthy software download sources/channels, unofficial tools that people use to activate software and fake software updaters. When cyber criminals use spam campaigns, they send emails that contain attachments. Typically, they attach Microsoft Office documents, executable files like .exe, archive files like ZIP, RAR, PDF documents and JavaScript files. They disguise these attachments and/or emails as official and important and hope that recipients will open the attached file which, if opened, installs malware. Another way to distribute malicious programs is through Trojans. Most Trojans, if installed, download and install other (malicious) programs. Examples of unreliable download channels/tools are Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule and other tools), freeware download or file hosting websites, unofficial websites, third party downloaders, etc. Cyber criminals use them to disguise infected files as harmless. When people download and open them, they install some high-risk malware. Software 'cracking' tools often download and install malicious programs instead of activating paid software or operating system for free. Fake software updating tools cause damage to systems either by exploiting bugs, flaws if some installed software that is out-of-date or install malicious software instead of updating installed one.

How to avoid installation of malware?

If received email is sent from some unknown, suspicious, untrustworthy address and it contains some attachment or web link, then we recommend not to open it. All software should be downloaded from official websites and using direct download links. All the aforementioned and similar sources should not be trusted. Installed programs or operating system must be updated through implemented functions or tools that are provided by official software developers. If installed software requires paid activation, it should not be made using third party ('cracking') tools. They are not legal and often cause installations of malware. One more way to keep computers safe is to scan them with a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software regularly and always 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.

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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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