Avoid installation of Masad information stealer

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

Masad virus removal guide

What is Masad?

Masad Stealer is a malicious software that, once installed, allows cyber criminals to steal a variety of information/data. Its basic version is free, however, cyber criminals can buy a full version with more features for $85. Masad Stealer is available for download on hacking forums. Having a computer infected with this malware can lead to serious problems, if there is a reason to think that Masad Stealer is installed on the system, then it should be removed as soon as possible.

Masad malware

Basically, Masad malware is mainly used to steal information stored on browsers (including passwords), cryptocurrency wallet data and various files. However, it can be used to record system information, lists of installed software and running processes, take screenshots of Desktop, steal Steam files, Discord and Telegram data, and FileZilla files. Masad is capable of stealing browser data, including autofill entries. Simply said, cyber criminals could use this malware to steal logins, passwords of various accounts and credit card information, and then make fraudulent transactions, purchases, spread malware through victim's email or social networking accounts, and so on. Also, it can be used to replace cryptocurrency wallets that are saved on clipboard with the ones that are used by cyber criminals. It means that victims might unknowingly transfer cryptocurrency to cyber criminals by pasting replaced wallet addresses. Furthermore, cyber criminals can use Masad to steal files that are stored on victim's Desktop. For example, they could steal text files that might contain personal details (like logins, passwords, banking information, and so on). Stolen Steam files could be used to steal Steam accounts and make purchases through them. As a channel to exfiltrate data stolen with Masad Stealer cyber criminals use Telegram, simply said, all stolen details get sent to them through Telegram that they use as a Command and Control channel. To sum up, this malware can be used as tool to steal a wide range of sensitive data (information). Typically, victims who have their computers infected with such malware experience financial loss, problems with privacy, identity theft, and other serious problems.

Threat Summary:
Name Masad malware
Threat Type Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
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, accounts, identity theft, monetary loss.
Removal

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There are many examples of information stealing malware, some of them are Krypton, Laturo and Qulab. Typically, cyber criminals use such malware so steal as much sensitive information as possible and them misuse it to generate revenue in various ways. Most of the times people download and install software of this type unintentionally and are unaware of its presence until they start to experience various problems.

How did Masad infiltrate my computer?

Research shows that Masad is being distributed by disguising it as some legitimate tool/software. To spread it, cyber criminals might use various unofficial websites, third party installers (or downloaders), Peer-to-Peer networks, free file hosting or freeware download pages, and so on. People who open files download via channels of this type risk to install malware like Masad. Also, it can be proliferated through various unofficial activation or/and 'cracking' tools that supposed to activate some installed software for free. Quite often cyber criminals spread malware through emails too: they send emails with files attached to them that, if opened, install malicious software. Typically, they attach PDF or Microsoft Office documents, executable files (like .exe), ZIP, RAR and other archive files, JavaScript files, etc. Also, malware can be distributed through unofficial updating tools that are designed to install malicious programs instead of updating installed ones, or exploit bugs, flaws of software that is already installed on the operating system.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We recommend to avoid using third party software downloaders/installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks and other similar tools to download files or programs. They should be downloaded from official pages and via direct links. Also, it important to update installed software using only implemented functions or tools provided by official software developers. Attachments (or web links) that are presented in irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially when they are sent from unknown/suspicious email addresses. Software 'cracking' tools are illegal and often cause computer infections, they should not be used as well. To protect systems from malware attacks, we recommend to regularly scan them with a reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software and make sure that it is always 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.

List of data targeted by Masad Stealer:

  • Cryptocurrency Wallets
  • Desktop files
  • Desktop screenshots
  • Discord/Telegram data
  • FileZilla files
  • Installed software and processes
  • PC and system information
  • Passwords saved in the web browser
  • Steam files
  • Web browser autofill data
  • Web browser cookies
  • Web browser data related to credit cards

Screenshot of Masad advertised on hacking forums:

masad stealer download website

Instant automatic removal of Masad 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 Masad 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.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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