Avoid installation of InnfiRAT

Also Known As: InnfiRAT remote access tool
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

InnfiRAT virus removal guide

What is InnfiRAT?

InnfiRAT is the name of a remote access or administration tool (RAT). Typically, software of this type is used to control connected computers remotely. However, there are many cases where cyber criminals seek to trick users into installing RATs so they could use them to perform malicious actions. In order to avoid any serious problems that can be caused with a software of this type we strongly recommend to uninstall it form the system as soon as possible.

InnfiRAT malware

Typically, cyber criminals use RATs to steal personal information that could be used to generate revenue in one or another way. Research shows that cyber criminals who spread InnfiRAT seek to steal cryptocurrency wallet information, they target Bitcoin, Litecoin and possibly other wallets. Stolen wallets can be used to make fraudulent transactions, which cyber criminals can empty cryptocurrency wallets by transferring cryptocurrency to other wallets that are owned by them or other parties. Furthermore, InnfiRAT is capable of stealing browser cookies from browsers such as Chrome, Mozilla, Opera (and others), usernames and passwords that are stored on browsers, session data, and so on. Obtained credentials can be used to steal email, banking, social networking and other accounts. Stolen accounts may be used to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, send spam to other people, extract money from people who are in victim's contact lists, and so on. Another feature that is available on InnfiRAT is screenshot grabbing. It means that cyber criminals can use it to make screenshots of opened system, browser or other windows anytime they want. Taken screenshots might contain personal details that could be misused for malicious purposes as well. InnfiRAT sends all stolen data to its C&C (command and control) server, cyber criminals can use that server to perform malicious actions on a infected computer. For example, they could install additional malware like ransomware. Ransomware is a high-risk malware that usually is designed to encrypt files. Simply said, to lock victim's files using strong encryption algorithm that could not be decrypted without the right software. Typically, cyber criminals are the only ones who have that software and they force victims to buy it from them by paying a particular amount of ransom. Furthermore, InnfiRAT can be used to steal information such as victim's IP address, city, region, country, etc, and running processes. It can kill processes whose name contains strings such as "chrome", "firefox", "opera", "browser" an others. InnfiRAT is quite a powerful tool that can help cyber criminals to generate revenue using misused data in a variety of ways. To avoid data, financial loss, identity theft, having various accounts stolen or/and computer infected with other malware, and other problems it is required to uninstall this RAT immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name InnfiRAT remote access tool
Threat Type Remote Access Trojan
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Razy.230300), ESET-NOD32 (MSIL/PSW.Agent.QOA), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.MSIL.Generic), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload InnfiRAT can be used to install various types of malware.
Symptoms RATs infiltrate computers in a stealthy way 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, cryptocurrency wallets, passwords of various accounts, identity theft, installation of additional malware.
Removal

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There are many remote access tools (RATs), however, even legitimate ones can be used by cyber criminals who seek to generate revenue in malicious ways. Examples of other RATs are Gh0st, Poison Ivy and NetWire. Different RATs can be used for different purposes/include different features. Either way, most of the times victims experience problems related to privacy, browsing safety, finances, identity theft and so on. If there is any RAT installed on a system and it was not installed intentionally, then it should be uninstalled as soon as possible.

How did InnfiRAT infiltrate my computer?

In most cases cyber criminals spread malware (or legitimate software that could be used for malicious purposes) through spam campaigns, unofficial file or software download channels/tools, fake software updating and software 'cracking' (activation) tools. To spread malware through spam campaigns they send emails to a number of people, these emails contain malicious attachments such as Microsoft Office documents, PDF documents, archive files (like ZIP, RAR), executable files like .exe or JavaScript files. When someone opens it, then it causes installation of one or another malicious program. Examples of untrustworthy, questionable software download sources/channels are freeware download websites, free file hosting pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and so on) and other similar tools. Cyber criminals use them to disguise malicious files as legitimate. People who download files using those channels risk to download that, if opened, will install malicious software. Fake software updating tools (updaters) cause damage when they download malware instead updating installed programs or exploit bugs, flaws of outdated software that is installed on a computer. People who use unofficial activation tools to activate software for free often infect computers with malware too. There are many tools of this type that are designed to install malware and do not activate any programs.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We recommend to download, install, update software and browse the Internet carefully. It is not recommended to download any files or programs using questionable sources. They should be downloaded from official and trustworthy websites. It is also important to update installed programs only through implemented functions or tools that are designed by official software developers. Furthermore, unofficial activation tools often lead to installation of some malware, besides, it is not even legal to use tools of this type. Attachments that are included in irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially if they are sent from unknown addresses. Typically, cyber criminals disguise these emails as important, official and so on. One more way to avoid damage caused by malicious programs is to regularly scan the operating system with a reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software and always remove detected threats as soon as possible. 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 InnfiRAT remote access tool: 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 InnfiRAT remote access tool. 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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