How to prevent Legion Loader from causing any damage?

Also Known As: Legion Loader virus
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Legion Loader virus removal guide

What is Legion Loader?

Legion Loader is a malicious program that is designed to infect systems with about two or three (or more) other programs of this kind. Research shows that Legion Loader is used to spread information stealers (like Vidar, Predator the Thief and Raccoon Stealer), backdoors, cryptocurrency stealer and a cryptocurrency miner. Legion Loader can cause a lot of problems, if a system is infected with this malware or any other malicious software that got installed through, then it should be removed from the system as soon possible.

Legion Loader malware detections in VirusTotal

All the aforementioned information stealers are designed to record details that could be used to generate revenue in one or another way. For example, Vidar can steal IP addresses, browsing history, cryptocurrency wallets, saved passwords, data from messaging clients, and so on. Also, this malware can take screenshots and infect systems with the GandCrab 5.0.4 ransomware. Predator the Thief is capable of recording cookies, saved logins, passwords, and other information save on web browsers. Also, it is capable of stealing credentials of Steam, Discord, FileZilla, and WinFTP clients. Racoon Stealer can be used to steal passwords, browser cookies and auto-fill data that is saved on victims browser, also, it can be used as tool to steal cryptocurrency wallet details. What all these malicious programs have in common is that cyber criminals behind them use them to steal sensitive information. As a rule, they target information that could be misused to make fraudulent transactions, purchases, and perform actions that could help them to generate revenue and would cause victims financial loss. Furthermore, one of the Legion Loader's payloads is some backdoor. Software of this type allows cyber criminals to control infected machines remotely, it provides them with remote access to a victim's computer. Typically, backdoors are used to infect computers with additional malware and perform other malicious tasks. Furthermore, Legion Loader contains a built-in PowerShell-based cryptocurrency stealer that checks for used cryptocurrency wallets and steals wallet files and stored cryptocurrency related credentials. It uploads all stolen information to a command and control (C&C server) controlled by cyber criminals. One more thing that Legion Loader is capable of is installation a cryptocurrency miner. Programs of this type use computer hardware to mine cryptocurrency. In most cases this process causes high GPU and/or CPU usage, it causes higher electricity consumption which leads to higher electricity bills. Generally speaking, software of this kind is being distributed with a purpose to generate revenue at the victim's expense.

Threat Summary:
Name Legion Loader virus
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Detection Names Avast (Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Ulise.88848), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/TrojanDownloader.Agent.EWC), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Generic), Full List (VirusTotal)
Malicious Process Name(s) eupanda.exe (the process name may vary)
Payload Vidar, Predator the Thief and Raccoon Stealer information stealers, cryptocurrnecy miner and stealer, backdoor.
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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People who have a computer infected with Legion Loader are exposed to risk of identity theft, monetary and/or data loss, problems related to privacy, installation of other malware, and so on. Legion Loader is a high-risk malware and it should be removed as soon as possible. It is unknown how exactly cyber criminals spread it, however, it is very likely that they do that by using one or another popular malware distribution method.

How did Legion Loader infiltrate my computer?

In most cases cyber criminals spread malicious software by using spam campaigns (emails), fake software updaters, untrustworthy software download channels and tools, Trojans, and unofficial activation ('cracking') tools. When they seek to infect computers by using spam campaigns, they send emails that contain malicious attachments or web links that download malicious files. Examples of files that they attach to emails are Microsoft Office, PDF documents, executable files (like .exe), JavaScript files and archives like ZIP, RAR, etc. If opened, those attachments cause installation of some malicious software. Fake software updating tools usually infect systems by exploiting flaws, bugs, or other vulnerabilities of outdated programs that are installed on the operating system, by installing malicious programs instead of updating installed ones. Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), third party downloaders, freeware and free file hosting pages and other similar download channels/sources are often used to proliferate malware too. Systems get infected when people download and open a malicious file that was uploaded by cyber criminals. Typically, such files are disguised as harmless, legitimate. Trojans are malicious programs that often are designed to cause chain infections. It means that if a system is already infected with a Trojan, then this malicious program will cause installation of additional malware. Unofficial activation ('cracking') tools are programs that supposed to activate other, paid (licensed) software for free. Simply said, to bypass paid activations. However, quite often these tools are designed by cyber criminals who seek to spread various malware. People who use such tools risk to infect systems with one or another high-risk malware.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Irrelevant emails that contain attachments and/or web links should not be trusted, especially if they are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Files attached to them might be designed to infect a computer with some malware. All software should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct download links, other channels/tools cannot be trusted. Updates should not be installed through third party tools, the only safe way to update installed software is by using tools and/or implemented functions that are designed by official developers. Also, installed software should not be activated through third party tools. It is not legal and may cause installation of malware. One more way to keep systems safe is to regularly scan them with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. It is important to make sure that installed software of this type 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.

Legion Loader process in Task Manager ("eupanda.exe")

Legion Loader malware eupanda.exe malicious process running in Task Manager

Instant automatic removal of Legion Loader virus: 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 Legion Loader virus. 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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