How to protect a system from Amadey attack?

Also Known As: Amadey bot
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

Amadey virus removal guide

What is Amadey?

Amadey is the name of a malicious software, it is categorized as a trojan. Cyber criminals can purchase it on a Russian dark web forum. Amadey can be used to perform various malicious tasks: to download and install (execute) other malware, steal personal information, log keystrokes, send spam from a victim's computer and add infected computer to a botnet. If a system is infected with Amadey, then we strongly recommend to remove this malware as soon as possible.

Amadey malware

Since cyber criminals can use Amadey to download and execute various files, it means that they can inject already infected computers with even more malware. For example, they may download and install ransomware. Software of this type is usually designed to encrypt files that are stored on victim's computer and deny access to them unless a ransom is paid. Ransomware victims usually experience problems like data and financial loss, because it is impossible to decrypt files without the tools that only ransomware developers have. However, ransomware is just one example of malware that can be installed using the Amadey program. Furthermore, Amadey can be used as a tool to steal various credentials like logins and passwords of various accounts. They could use it to steal email, Facebook, banking, crypto wallet and other accounts. By having access to them cyber criminals could make purchases, transactions, send fraudulent emails, and so on. Another Amadey feature is keystroke logging. It is a process that records keys pressed on a keyboard. It means that every login, password and other personal detail entered with a keyboard can be recorded and sent to a remote server that is controlled by cyber criminals. Stolen details can be used for various malicious purposes. However, most cyber criminals keyloggers to steal victim's credentials. Moreover, computers that are infected with Amadey can be used to send spam. These emails could be used to trick other people (recipients) into making money transactions, install malware on their computers and so on. As we mentioned in the introduction, Amadey can add infected computers to a botnet as well. It means that they might use other computers to perform DDoS attacks. Typically, by performing these attacks cyber criminals seek to make networks (websites) or devices unavailable so that other people could not access them. These attacks might disrupt services temporarily or permanently. Now matter how cyber criminals may decide to use Amadey, it should be removed from systems immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Amadey bot
Threat Type Trojan, Botnet, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware, Keylogger
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.31664374), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/TrojanDownloader.Agent.EGF), Kaspersky (Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Dapato.prmr), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload Amadey can be used to install different malware like ransomware, Trojan and so on.
Symptoms Inability to start the computer in Safe Mode, open Registry Editor and Task Manager, increased disk and network activity.
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, installation of additional malware, victims computer used to send spam to other people.
Removal

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Other examples of high-risk malware that can be used for malicious purposes are Krypton Stealer, Stalk and Laturo. Typically, cyber criminals spread various malware with a purpose to generate as much revenue as possible. Either way, people who have their computers infected with programs of this type usually experience serious privacy issues, monetary or/and data loss, identity theft and other problems. Any installed malware must be uninstalled from the operating system as soon as possible.

How did Amadey infiltrate my computer?

Typically, cyber criminals proliferate malware through emails (spam campaigns), fake software updating tools, unreliable file or software download channels, Trojans and unofficial software activation tools. To spread malicious programs through emails, they attach malicious files and send them to a number of people. Typically, they send files like Microsoft Office documents or PDF documents, archive files like RAR, ZIP, executable files (like .exe), JavaScript files, and so on. They successfully infect computers when people open those attachments. Fake updating tools usually are designed to exploit bugs, flaws of outdated software that is installed on a computer, or to download malware instead of updates, fixes and so on. Tools/channels like Peer-to-Peer networks eMule, torrent clients, etc.), third party downloaders, installers, freeware download and free file hosting websites, and other similar sources can be used to spread malicious programs too. Cyber criminals upload infected files that are disguised as legitimate and hope that people will download and open them. If opened, these files install one or another high-risk malware. Trojans, if installed, spread (download and install) other malicious programs. Typically, these programs are designed to cause chain infections. Unofficial software activation tools (also known as 'cracking' tools) are used with a purpose to activate paid software for free. Nevertheless, these tools often infect computers with malware instead of activating licensed programs.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We strongly recommend not to open files or click links that are attached/presented in irrelevant emails, especially if they are sent from unknown or suspicious address. All software and files should be downloaded from official websites, it is also recommended to use only direct download links. Third party downloaders, installers and other sources that we mentioned above can contain malware. Installed programs must be updated using implemented functions or tools that are provided by official developers. If installed software requires paid activation, it should not be activated with some third party 'cracking' tool. It is not legal to use them and they often are designed to cause installations of malicious programs. And finally, operating system should be scanned with a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software regularly. It is important to always keep such software 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.

Amadey administration panel:

amadey administration panel

Update September 19, 2019 - Cyber criminals have recently started distributing Amadey malware via email spam campaign that targets US tax payers. The entire email basically contains a deceptive message stating that recipient is eligible for a tax refund and that he/she has to login to a website (by using a provided one-time login/password) in order to receive it. The said site contains a message claiming that recipient has "one pending refund" and encourages to download a document, print and sign it, and then return it via email or website form. However, all this is a mere scam - the downloaded document is actually an archive (.zip file) which contains a malicious VBS script designed to inject Amadey into the system. In order to create the impression of legitimacy, threat actors (Amadey's developers) present these emails as notifications from Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Instant automatic removal of Amadey bot: 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 Amadey bot. 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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