How to remove Meterpreter?

Also Known As: Meterpreter malware
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

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's memory without writing anything to disk. In other words, 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 being distributed with a purpose to steal various information that could be used to generate revenue and/or infect computers with other malware.

Meterpreter trojan

By being able to send, receive and execute files through Meterpreter cyber criminals can infect victim's computer with more malware, for example, ransomware. Ransomware is a type of software that encrypts data so that victims could not use, access it unless they decrypt it with a tool (or tools) that usually can be purchased only from cyber criminals who designed the program. However, Meterpreter can be used to install a variety of other types of malicious programs. Besides, by being able to receive files from victim's computer cyber criminals could get access to personal files that may contain sensitive information. Furthermore, this malware can log keystrokes, which means it can record keyboard input (pressed keys). As a rule, 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, transactions, deceive other people into making money transactions, spread various scams or even malware through email and other platforms, and so on. Also, Meterpreter can be used to take screenshots, which means cyber criminals may be able to make screenshots of opened confidential documents, accounts that contain personal information, etc. As we mentioned in the introduction, Meterpreter can access command shell as well. It allows cyber criminals to run various commands, e.g., shut down, restart a computer, run or terminate various programs (disable antivirus suite or other security software), and do many other things. Meterpreter is a powerful tool that can be used to cause a variety of serious problems. If there is a reason to believe that this trojan-type program resides in computer's memory or is injected into some compromised process, then it should be eliminated immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Meterpreter malware
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.
Removal

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More examples of malicious programs that are classified as Trojans are KBOT, Lampion and CryptBot. Usually software of this type is being used to infect computers with various other malicious programs and/or steal as much personal, sensitive information as possible. Either way, cyber criminals spread them with a purpose to generate revenue. Quite often trojan-type programs cause users of infected machines problems like monetary, data loss, identity theft, problems related to privacy, and other serious issues. Therefore, if there is any Trojan or other malware installed on the operating system, then it must be removed as soon as possible.

How did Meterpreter infiltrate my computer?

Research shows that Meterpreter is being proliferated through spam campaigns/emails. Cyber criminals send emails with malicious MS Office document in them that is designed to install Meterpreter. When opened, it asks for a permission to enable editing (macros commands. If allowed, that malicious document injects Meterpreter. More examples of files that cyber criminals often attach to their emails are archive files (like ZIP, RAR), PDF documents, executable files like .exe, and JavaScript files. Unfortunately, there are more ways to spread malware. In other cases cyber criminals do that by using untrustworthy download sources, fake software updaters and unofficial activation ('cracking') tools. Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, etc.), free file hosting, freeware download websites, unofficial pages, third party downloaders, etc., are examples of untrustworthy software download channels, tools. Cyber criminals use them as tools to host malicious files that they disguise as harmless, regular files. When downloaded and opened, those files infect systems with some malware. Fake software updating tools cause damage by installing malicious software instead of updates, fixes, or by exploiting bugs, flaws of some outdated software that is installed on the operating system. Software 'cracking' tools are programs that are used by people who seek to activate licensed software for free. However, quite often they do not bypass paid activation and are designed to spread malicious programs.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We strongly recommend to ignore irrelevant emails that contain attachments or web links, especially if such emails are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. It is worth mentioning that such emails usually are disguised as important, official, and so on. Also, it is not safe to download (or install) software via third party downloaders (or installers), unofficial pages, and other sources, tools that we mentioned in the previous paragraph. All software (and files) should be downloaded from official websites and direct links. Installed software must be updated using only tools and/or implemented functions that are designed by official developers. Other (unofficial, third party) tools should not be trusted. The same applies to various software 'cracking' tools. Besides, it is not legal to activate licensed software through them they can cause installation of malicious programs. One more important thing is to have a 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 Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Malicious attachment/document distributing Meterpreter:

Malicious attachment distributing Meterpreter

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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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