Meterpreter virus removal guide
What is Meterpreter?
Meterpreter is a malicious trojan-type program that allows cyber criminals to remotely control infected computers. This malware runs in computer memory without writing anything to disk. Therefore, it injects itself into compromised processes and does not create any new processes. Meterpreter can be used to send and receive files, run executable files, run various commands through command shell, take screenshots and record keystrokes. Like most programs of this type, it is distributed to steal information that could be used to generate revenue and/or infect computers with other malware.
Through sending, receiving and executing files through Meterpreter, cyber criminals can infect victims' computers with more malware including, for example, ransomware. Ransomware encrypts data so that victims cannot use or access it unless they decrypt it with tools purchased from the cyber criminals who designed the program. Meterpreter can, however, be used to install a variety of other malicious programs. Furthermore, using files from victims' computers, cyber criminals can gain access to personal files that might contain sensitive information. Furthermore, this malware can log keystrokes - recording keyboard input (keys pressed). Generally, cyber criminals use this feature to steal credentials (logins, passwords) of various accounts and other personal information that could be misused generate revenue in various ways. For example, by misusing stolen accounts to make fraudulent purchases and transactions, deceive other people into making financial transactions, proliferate scams or even malware through email and other platforms, and so on. Meterpreter can also be used to take screenshots, and therefore cyber criminals might be able to collect images of opened confidential documents, accounts that contain personal information, etc. As mentioned, Meterpreter can access command shell, which allows cyber criminals to run various commands. For example, to shut down, restart the computer, run or terminate programs (disable antivirus suites or other security software), and perform many other actions. Meterpreter is a powerful tool that can be used to cause serious problems. If you believe that this trojan-type program resides in computer memory or is injected into a compromised process, it should be eliminated immediately.
|Threat Type||Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.|
|Detection Names (MS Office document)||Avast (VBA:Downloader-EON [Trj]), BitDefender (VB:Trojan.Valyria.447), ESET-NOD32 (VBA/TrojanDropper.Agent.UR), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (Malicious Document's Payload)||Avast (Win32:SwPatch [Wrm]), BitDefender (Trojan.CryptZ.Gen), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Rozena.ED), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
More examples of malicious programs that are classified as Trojans include KBOT, Lampion and CryptBot. Software of this type is used to infect computers with other rogue programs and/or steal as much personal, sensitive information as possible. Cyber criminals proliferate them to generate revenue. Trojan-type programs often cause users of infected machines problems such as monetary, data loss, identity theft, problems relating to privacy, and other serious issues. Therefore, if a Trojan or other malware is installed on the operating system, remove it immediately.
How did Meterpreter infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware
We strongly recommend that you ignore irrelevant emails that contain attachments or web links, especially if the emails are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. The messages are usually disguised as important, official, and so on. It is not safe to download or install software via third party downloaders/installers, unofficial pages, or the other sources/tools mentioned above. All software and files should be downloaded from official websites and direct links. Installed software must be updated using only tools or implemented functions designed by official developers. Other unofficial, third party tools should not be trusted. The same applies to software 'cracking' tools - it is illegal to activate licensed software through these programs and they can cause installation of malicious programs. Have reputable anti-spyware or antivirus software installed on the operating system and scan it for threats regularly. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Malicious attachment/document distributing Meterpreter:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Meterpreter?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Meterpreter malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
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 Malwarebytes 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:
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:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart 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.
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.
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In 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.
Check 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".
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.
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 Malwarebytes for Windows.