Avoid installation of Agent Tesla through Afdsola Email Virus

Also Known As: Afdsola email spam virus
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

"Afdsola Email Virus" removal guide

What is "Afdsola Email Virus"?

Scammers present this scam as an email from a company that owns the afdsola.com website. It is a legitimate company which has nothing to do with this scam. To make their email look even more legitimate, scammers use a spoofing technique, they forge sender's email address (in our example they used the vginer@afdsola.com address). However, a part of these emails are sent from a possibly hijacked Iraq Government Site, mail.cosqc.gov[.]iq. Scammers spread this spam campaign with a purpose to trick people into installing Agent Tesla, a remote access tool (RAT).

Afdsola Email Virus

Cyber criminals behind this email present this scam as an email regarding some purchase/order. Recipients are asked to confirm the order (review the attached Official_Purchase Order.iso file) and send an invoice. However, the attached Official_Purchase Order.iso file contains an executable (.exe) file that, if launched, starts installation of the Agent Tesla RAT. Typically, software of this type is being used to control computers that have it installed on them remotely. The main feature which is available in Agent Tesla is keystroke logging. It means that this program can be used to record keys that are being pressed with a keyboard. In other words, to record keyboard input. Cyber criminals could use this feature to steal confidential information, for example, credentials (logins and passwords) of various accounts, including email, banking accounts, etc. Stolen accounts might be misused to make purchases, transactions, spread various malware, and so on. In order to avoid any of the possible problems (financial loss, issues with privacy, etc.) caused through this remote access tool we recommend not to open the attachment that is included in this scam. If this RAT is already installed, it should be eliminated as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Afdsola email spam virus
Threat Type Remote Access Tool
Hoax Scammers disguise this scam as a letter regarding some order (purchase).
Attachment(s) Official_Purchase Order.iso
Detection Names ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Injector.Autoit.EKA), McAfee (Trojan-AitInject.aq), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/CryptInject.BI!MTB), TrendMicro (Mal_GENISO-4), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Remote access tools/trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.
Payload Agent Tesla RAT
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 scam campaigns that are used to trick people into installing unwanted or/and malicious software are "Pipeline Supplies & Services CO.WLL Email Virus", "Indofuels Email Virus" and "Transcoal Pacific Email Virus". As a rule, recipients cause unwanted installations only if they open attached files or open files that get downloaded through included website links. Some examples of malicious programs that are/can be distributed through emails are Adwind, LokiBot, FormBook, and AZORult.

How did "Afdsola Email Virus" infect my computer?

To trick people into installing Agent Tesla, scammers attach a malicious .iso file named Official_Purchase Order.iso (its name could vary). This file contains .exe (executable) file that, if opened, infects computer with the aforementioned RAT. Nevertheless, other scammers might attach files such as Microsoft Office or PDF documents, JavaScript files, archives like ZIP, RAR, and so on. Either way, none of the attachments can cause damage if recipients leave them unopened. That is why the best option is to ignore any received scam and not to open web links that are presented in it or files that are attached to it.

How to avoid installation of malware?

If a received email is irrelevant and/or it is sent from unknown or suspicious address, then we recommend not to open a file or web link that is included in it. As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, attached files or included web links cannot cause any damage if recipients do not open them. Furthermore, installed programs should be updated using tools (or implemented functions) that are designed/provided by official developers, third party tools might be designed to spread malware. If software is not free/requires paid activation, then it should be activated properly. Unofficial activation tools that supposed to bypass activation of some software are not legal and could be designed to spread (install) malicious software. Files and programs should not be downloaded using Peer-to-Peer networks, from unofficial websites, through third party downloaders, and so on. Download sources of this kind can be used to distribute malicious files or programs. The safest way to download software is to use official websites for that. Any computer is safer if there is a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware suite installed on it. Also, we advise to scan a computer with software of this type regularly and remove detected threats immediately. If you've already opened "Afdsola Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "Afdsola Email Virus" email letter:

Subject: FW: Purchase Order – PO. 4029530
Attachment: Official_Purchase Order.iso

Greetings,

We received your quotation/offer  in July through my colleague.

Find attached herewith our Official purchase order (PO.4029530).

Kindly confirm receipt and return with order confirmation and proforma invoice.

We hope for a good partnership with you.

We can accept 50% prepayment for the order compared to the 100% required in your quotation.

Waiting for your kind reply.

Best regards,

hxxp://www.afdsola.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/AFS_RGB.png

Vicente Giner

Operations

A: EDIFICIO FAXFORM

Avda. Elche 183, Esc. B – 2ºD, 03008 Alicante, Spain

P: +34 965 103 807

M: +34 629 355 297

E: vginer@afdsola.com

W: www.afdsola.com

—————————

The content of this e-mail is confidential and intended solely for the use of the addressee. The text of this email (including any attachments) may contain information which is proprietary and or confidential or privileged in nature belonging to LOGUSS THE FASHION MANTRA and or its associates group companies subsidiaries . If you are not the addressee or the person responsible for delivering it to the addressee any disclosure copying distribution or any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance on it is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this e-mail in error please notify the sender and remove this communication entirely from your system. The recipient acknowledges that no guarantee or any warranty is given as to completeness and accuracy of the content of the email. The recipient further acknowledges that the views contained in the email message are those of the sender and may not necessarily reflect those of LOGUSS THE FASHION MANTRA. Before opening and accessing the attachment please check and scan for virus. WARNING: Computer viruses can be transmitted via email. The recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The company accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.

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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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