Remove LimeRevenge remote access trojan from your operating system

Also Known As: LimeRevenge remote access trojan
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

LimeRevenge virus removal guide

What is LimeRevenge?

Discovered by PaulM, LimeRevenge is a remote access trojan (RAT). It is a new variant of RevengeRAT. This malware is designed to allow remote access to infected devices, thereby granting control over them. RAT infections are deemed to be high-risk and can cause a variety of severe issues.

LimeRevenge malware

There are a variety of ways a machine can be manipulated through RATs. These malicious programs can allow cyber criminals to manage/edit/copy system and personal files, execute shell commands, record key strokes (keylogging), allow access to connected hardware, etc. This type of trojan endangers system services, processes and files, they also enable the criminals to edit Windows Registry entries and hosts file. Shell commands can be used to cause chain infections by injecting additional malware into the system (e.g. ransomware, cryptominers, etc.). Keylogging abilities allow RATs to collect various confidential information, e.g. logins and passwords. Hence, individuals behind the infection can hijack users' financial, cryptocurrency, social networking and social media, email and other accounts. For example, access to financial (banking, savings, deposit, etc.) accounts lets them make money transfers and online purchases. The same extends to cryptocurrency accounts (which hold monetary equivalents). Control over communication and social accounts can be used for identity theft, e.g. to ask for loans from contacts under the guise of the victim. Additionally, these accounts can be implemented to spread the infection, by sending the contacts virulent files (or links leading to such). Hardware like webcams, microphones can be set to record video/audio without users' knowledge. Through them cyber criminals may obtain compromising content, which can be used for blackmail purposes. To summarize, RATS can cause chain infections, lead to great financial losses, serious privacy issues and identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is paramount to remove LimeRevenge immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name LimeRevenge remote access trojan
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Razy.516315), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Agent.BEW), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.MSIL.Revenge.gen), 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 Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software 'cracks'.
Damage Stolen passwords and banking information, identity theft, the victim's computer added to a botnet.
Removal

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SDBbotBlackRemoteDarkRAT are a few examples of other RATs. Trojan-type malicious software tends to share certain common qualities in-between. While their abilities/functions differ (e.g. information gatherers, infection spreaders, cryptocurrency miners, etc.) they all have a single purpose - to generate revenue for the cyber criminals using them. Regardless of how they operate, these infections pose a direct threat to users and their devices.

How did LimeRevenge infiltrate my computer?

Malicious content (trojans, ransomware and so on) are mainly proliferated via spam campaigns, untrustworthy download channels, illegal software activation ("cracking") tools and fake updaters. Spam campaigns are used to send out thousands of deceptive emails, containing infectious files (or links leading to them). These letters are typically disguised as "official", "important", "priority" and similarly urgent mail. There are countless guises that they wear, e.g. announcements of fantastical winnings, offers of ludicrous deals, threat alerts, warnings of unpaid bills, subpoenas - to name a few. The emails have virulent files attached to them that come in various formats, such as archive (ZIP, RAR) and executable (.exe, .run) files, Microsoft Office and PDF documents, JavaScript, etc. When they are executed, run or otherwise opened - they are triggered to initiate the processes of infecting the system. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule), unofficial and free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and other untrustworthy sources can offer malicious programs disguised as regular products and/or ordinary content bundled with malware. Software "cracking" tools can cause infections, rather than activate licensed product. Fake updaters exploit weaknesses present in outdated programs and/or install malware, instead of the promised updates.

How to avoid installation of malware?

It is recommended not to open suspicious/irrelevant emails, especially ones received from unknown senders (addresses). Any any attachments found in suspect mail must never be opened - as they are the origin of a potential infection. Users are urged to use Microsoft Office version released after year 2010. They have "Protected View" mode, which prevents malicious macros from downloading/installing malware when the document is opened. Only official and verified download channels should be used. Software should be activated and updated with tools/functions provided by genuine developers; illegal activation tools ("cracks") and third party updaters are considered to be high-risk, therefore are advised against use. It is crucial to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and kept up-to-date. Additionally, this software should be used for regular system scans and detected threat removal. 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 LimeRevenge remote access trojan: 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 LimeRevenge remote access trojan. 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 is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this 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 is an example of a suspicious program running on a 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 1Download 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 the 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 the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not 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 filename 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 remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the 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.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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