How to get rid of Lampion banking Trojan?

Also Known As: Lampion virus
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

Lampion virus removal guide

What is Lampion?

Lampion is a name of a malicious program, a banking Trojan which cyber criminals spread by sending emails that contain a link that downloads an archive file (ZIP) with malicious files in it. Since Lampion is a banking Trojan, cyber criminals designed it to steal information that could be used to make fraudulent transactions and other data. The image below is a screenshot of an email that is used to trick people into infecting systems with Lampion, however, they could be using other templates as well. We strongly recommend to ignore this email and not to open the file that gets downloaded through the included link.

Lampion malware

When a malicious URL in the email sent by cyber criminals is clicked, then a ZIP file gets downloaded. It contains PDF document, .vbs (Visual Basic Script) and .txt (Text) files. If executed, that .vbs file downloads a couple of other files that are named P-19-2.dll and 0.zip. The P-19-2.dll is the Lampion Trojan itself, a Dynamic-link library file which is responsible for stealing sensitive information and sending it to the Command & Control server controlled by cyber criminals/attackers. Lampion collects data from infected system's clipboard and installed browsers. Also, cyber criminals can access information about their victims and their systems such as operating system version, computer name, installed antivirus suite, country and other details. By having access to victim's clipboard attackers can use Lampion to steal any information that is saved on it. It is possible that saved data could be a password of some personal account or other personal detail. Furthermore, this banking Trojan is designed to collect data from browsers such as logins, passwords, autofill data, and other sensitive information. Such details could be misused to steal various accounts and clients, e.g., social media accounts, email clients, banking-related accounts, and so on. Typically, cyber criminals use them to generate revenue by making fraudulent transactions, purchases, spreading other malware (e.g., ransomware), etc. If there is a reason to believe that Lampion (or any other type of malware) is already installed on the operating system, then it should be eliminated immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Lampion virus
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Detection Names Avast (Win32:BankerX-gen [Trj]), Avira (HEUR/AGEN.1038501), DrWeb (BackDoor.Banker.62), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Tiggre!plock), 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.
Damage Stolen passwords and banking information (loss of other sensitive information), identity theft.
Removal

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Other examples of banking Trojans are Mispadu, Bolik and Casbaneiro. Typically, cyber criminals who seek to trick people into infecting their computers with such programs have one main goal: to steal as much sensitive information as possible. In most cases victims experience financial loss, get their identities stolen, encounter problems related to privacy, browsing safety, and so on.

How did Lampion infiltrate my computer?

This particular Trojan is being distributed through emails. To be more precise, via web links in them that are designed to download ZIP file which contains malicious files. If executed, one of those files (Visual Basic Script file) starts the infection chain of the Lampion malware. It is very common for cyber criminals to spread malicious software by sending emails with malicious files or web links in them. More examples of files that they often attach are Microsoft Office Documents, JavaScript files and executable files (like .exe). In one way or another, none of those attachments can do any damage/install malware if recipients leave them unopened.

How to avoid installation of malware?

If some email is received from questionable address, it is irrelevant and it contains some attachment (or website link), then it should not be trusted. The best way to avoid damage caused by such emails is to ignore them and leave their contents unopened. Furthermore, all software should be downloaded via direct links and from trustworthy, official websites. We advise against downloading files and programs from unofficial pages, through Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, etc. Third party installers cannot be trusted too. Installed programs should be updated with tools or functions that are designed by official developers, it is not safe do that by using some third party, fake updaters. The same goes for activation of licensed software. Besides, it is not legal to activate it with 'cracking' (unofficial) tools. We also recommend to have a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware suite installed and scan operating system with it regularly. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text in email that is used to trick people into installing Lampion:

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Estimado Contribuinte: SITUAÇÃO IRREGULAR

O sistema detectou e gerou um alerta sobre um débito - ano 2018 -
Este email foi gerado durante o processo de emissão da factura
electrónica para o lado negativo e remetido para você de acordo
com a legislação em vigor. Ao mesmo tempo, indicamos que os endereços
electrónicos dos destinatários de e-mails são obtidos, exclusivamente,
de bases de dados AT e não são divulgados a terceiros.

Leia com atenção:

O prazo para entrega da Declaração de Rendimentos, de Imposto sobre o
Rendimento das Pessoas Singulares (IRS) - Modelo 3, decorre de 1 de abril a 30 de
junho. É neste período que são entregues as declarações relativas aos rendimentos
do ano anterior e a outros elementos informativos relevantes para a sua concreta
situação tributária. A informação constante das declarações submetidas É validada
pela Administração Tributária e Aduaneira (AT). Após a entrega da declaração, caso
receba um alerta com a designação de Divergência, isso significa que AT detetou,
nos dados que declarou, um ou mais valores de Rendimentos, Retenções na Fonte, e/ou
Deduções diferentes do(s) que consta(m) na base de dados.

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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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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