How to avoid installation of AppleJeus through JMT Trader

Also Known As: AppleJeus backdoor
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

How to remove AppleJeus from Mac?

What is AppleJeus?

AppleJeus is the name of backdoor malware that was distributed by the Lazarus group. They spread this malicious software through a fake app disguised as a cryptocurrency trading application called Celas Trade Pro. There is now a new trojanized cryptocurrency trading app called JMT Trader that operates in a similar manner - it installs the AppleJeus backdoor trojan on the victim's computer. JMT Trader can be installed on Windows and MacOS computers.

AppleJeus malware

To promote the JMT Traded application, cyber criminals have created a supposedly 'official' website and Twitter account. People who attempt to download JMT Trader are redirected to GitHub on which the Mac and Windows executables for JMT Trader are stored. This software is disguised as a legitimate application, which supposedly allows users to trade cryptocurrency on various different platforms. When installed, JMT Trader infects the computer with a backdoor Trojan called AppleJeus, but under the name of CrashReporter. To launch CrashReporter on each login, JMT Trader creates a scheduled task called JMTCrashReporter. When launched, CrashReporter communicates with a Command & Control server to receive and execute commands. It can terminate itself, download and execute files from the Command & Control server, and execute shell commands that give cyber criminals control over the infected system. The CrashReporter process runs under an identical name on Windows and MacOS operating systems. This process is separate from the JMT Trader, and thus runs in the background even if this software is not launched. Additionally, CrashReporter is a daemon, a background process that runs without any visible interface. Bear in mind that eliminating the JMT Trader application will not remove AppleJeus (CrashReporter) malware, and therefore you should scan the system with a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite (e.g., Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS) to eliminate all remnants.

To disguise Celas Trade Pro as a legitimate trading app, cyber criminals created a website and fabricated an entire company. JMT Trader also has a download website and Twitter account, which may seem legitimate. Furthermore, JMT Trader is a clone of legitimate software called QT Bitcoin Trader. The names (JMT Trader and Celas Trade Pro) appear to be the names of legitimate programs (and companies), and thus people are often tricked into downloading and installing them. The AppleJeus backdoor Trojan that is installed through these apps could be used to install additional malware (such as ransomware), steal confidential information (passwords, logins of various accounts), take screenshots, and so on. To avoid data/financial loss, identity theft, problems with privacy, and so on, we recommend that you remove JMT Trader and all files relating to CrashReporter immediately. We have provided locations of the malicious files below.

Threat Summary:
Name AppleJeus backdoor
Threat Type Backdoor, Trojan, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names (JMT Trader installer) ALYac (Trojan.OSX.Agent.39168L), GData (Generic.Trojan.Agent.UXGSUS), Ikarus (Trojan.Win32.Casdet), Kaspersky (Backdoor.OSX.Agent.s), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (CrashReporter on Mac) BitDefender (Trojan.MAC.Agent.DU), DrWeb (Mac.Trojan.Siggen.1), ESET-NOD32 (OSX/NukeSped.B), Kaspersky (HEUR:Backdoor.OSX.Agent.s), Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate the victim's computer and remain silent, and thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.
Distribution methods Supposedly official Twitter account and website, fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads, software cracking tools.
Damage Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet, installation of additional malware.
Additional Information This malware targets both Windows and MacOS users. JMT Trader extracts a secondary malicious program (CrashReporter.exe) that operates as a backdoor.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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The Internet is full of Trojans. Some examples are Casbaneiro, Bolik, and Kryptik. Typically, these programs are designed to spread other malware. People with computers infected with programs of this type experience data/financial loss, identity theft, or other problems. Tips about how to avoid being tricked into installing malware are provided below.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Cyber criminals proliferate AppleJeus malware through fake cryptocurrency trading software (JMT Trader), which can be downloaded from a supposedly 'official' website or Twitter. These pages lead to Github, on which Windows and MacOS executables are stored. When downloaded and opened, these executables install JMT Trader and a secondary malicious program (backdoor) called CrashReporter, however, this is not the only way malware is spread. Cyber criminals often use spam campaigns (emails), other untrustworthy software download channels, unofficial software activation tools, and fake updaters. Cyber criminals proliferate rogue software through spam campaigns by sending emails that contain malicious attachments. The main goal is to trick recipients into opening the attached file. If opened, this infects the system with malware. Typically, cyber criminals attach Microsoft Office documents, executable files (.exe, and others), archive fies (RAR, ZIP, and so on), and JavaScript files. Another way to proliferate malware is to use untrustworthy download sources. For example, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), freeware download and free file hosting websites, third party downloaders, supposedly official pages (such as the one used to distribute JMT Trader), and so on. People who download files or programs through tools/channels of this type risk downloading malicious files (typically, they are disguised as harmless, legitimate). When opened, these files install malware. To proliferate malware, cyber criminals often use software 'cracking' tools, which install malicious programs rather than activating paid/licensed software. Fake software updaters usually infect systems by exploiting bugs/flaws of outdated software, or by installing malicious software rather than updates.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Avoid opening attachments or links that are presented in emails sent from unknown, suspicious email addresses. If a received email seems irrelevant, do not open the included attachment or click the presented link. Download software using direct links and from trustworthy, official websites only. Avoid using third party downloaders, installers, unofficial web pages, or other untrustworthy sources. These are often used to proliferate malicious software (or other unwanted programs). Installed software should be updated and activated using tools or implemented functions that are provided by official software developers, and not third party tools. Note that it is illegal to bypass software activation using 'cracking' tools. Finally, use a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware suite and scan the operating system with it regularly. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshots of JMT Trader application:

JMT Trader create new password JMT Trader list of exchange platforms JMT Trader control panel

List of CrashReporter files:

  • /Applications/JMTTrader.app/Contents/CrashReporter (MacOS)
  • /Library/JMTTrader/CrashReporter (MacOS)
  • %AppData%\JMTTrader\CrashReporter (Windows OS)

Screenshot of JMT Trader installer asking for permission to install additional software:

JTM Trader installer asking for permissions to install additional software

CrashReporter process running in Activity Monitor:

CrashReporter.exe process in Activity Monitor

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove applejeus backdoor related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

AppleJeus backdoor removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove applejeus backdoor related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove applejeus backdoor related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove applejeus backdoor related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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