How to remove GrandSteal malware from the operating system?

Also Known As: GrandSteal malware
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

GrandSteal virus removal guide

What is GrandSteal?

GrandSteal is a piece of malicious software, which primarily operates by exfiltrating (i.e. stealing) information stored on infected devices. It has been observed spreading through spam campaigns, targeting German and Austrian organizations, via infectious file attachments disguised as CVs. This malware is considered to be high-risk and can lead lead to various severe issues.

GrandSteal malware (detection on VirusTotal)

GrandSteal has a variety of malicious abilities. As a stealer, it targets several products, such as: browsers, cryptowallets, communication/messaging and file transfer/storage software. This malicious program can exfiltrate different data from Chromium browsers, specifically information from the browser's SQlite database. The data can be: browser cookies, autofills (i.e. automatically filled fields in websites, e.g. names, surnames, addresses, email addresses, etc.) and credit card details. GrandSteal can also steal information from the Gecko browser engine, which was developed by Mozilla and is used in Firefox browsers, Thunderbird email client and countless other products/projects. Much like with Chromium, it can locate and steal browser cookies, account credentials (log-ins and passwords) and other important information. The cryptocurrency wallets that can be stolen are: Bitcoin, Bytecoin, Dash, Electrum, Ethereum, Exodus, Litecoin and Monero. From the Discord application and Telegram messenger - GrandSteal attempts to recover previous communication sessions and extract information from them. The targeted file transfer/storage software is FileZilla. Additionally, this malware can steal files from users' Personal Directories, e.g. Desktop, Favorites and Personal folders. GrandSteal also targets RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) credentials, which can potentially be used to gain further access and control over the infected system. The stolen data can be misused in a variety of ways. To summarize, the threats posed by GrandSteal include (but are not limited to) - severe privacy issues, significant financial issues and identity theft. To ensure device and data integrity, as well as user safety - this malware must be removed immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name GrandSteal malware
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Detection Names (GrandSteal - pxpx.exe)
Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.41126147), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Generik.EGCZUXZ), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.MSIL.Steamilik.gen), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (infectious attachments)
Avast (Other:Malware-gen [Trj]), BitDefender (VB:Trojan.VBA.Downloader.UY), ESET-NOD32 (VBA/TrojanDownloader.Agent.RPE), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Downloader.Script.Generic), Full List (VirusTotal - 190720_Bewerbung_Kaufm_Angestellte_.doc and VirusTotal - 180718_arbeitszeugnisse_aktuell.doc)
Malicious Process Name(s) pxpx.exe (the process name may vary depending on the malicious executable).
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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BaldrBeblohMegumin are a few other examples of information-stealing malware. Malicious software can have various heinous abilities, e.g. data exfiltration, download/installation of additional malware, remote access, cryptocurrency mining, data encryption and countless others. Despite the diversity of their abilities, all malicious programs have but one purpose - to generate revenue for their developers. Therefore, regardless of how they operate, it is crucial to eliminate all malicious content immediately upon detection.

How did GrandSteal infiltrate my computer?

As mentioned in the introduction, GrandSteal has spread via spam campaigns. The emails used to proliferate this malicious program have been presented as job applications, the attachments as CVs - respectively. Spam campaigns are a common way of malware proliferation. Infections are caused through the virulent files attached (or links, which lead to them). Such files come in variety of formats, e.g. Microsoft Office and PDF documents, archive and executable files, JavaScript, etc. When they are executed, run or otherwise opened - it initiates the infection process. For example, once opened - MS Office documents request users to enable macro commands (i.e. enable editing), after being enabled - malicious macros begin downloading/installing malware. However, the infection process begins automatically when the document is opened in Microsoft Office programs released before 2010. Other popular sources of infection are trojans, illegal activation ("cracking") tools, fake updaters and untrustworthy download channels. Trojans are malicious programs, cable of causing chain infections. Rather than activate licensed product, illegal activation tools ("cracks") can download/install malware. Illegitimate updaters infect systems by exploiting weaknesses of outdated software and/or simply installing malicious programs instead of the updates. Free file-hosting and unofficial sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - are deemed to be untrustworthy and can they can offer malicious content for downloading.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Suspicious and/or irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially ones received from unknown/suspect senders (addresses). Any attachments (or links) present in such letters must never be opened - as doing so can result in an infection. It is recommended to only use official and verified download sources. It is just as important to activate and update programs using functions/tools provided by legitimate developers. To ensure device/user safety, it is paramount to have a dependable anti-virus/anti-spyware installed and kept up-to-date. Furthermore, this software should be used to run regular system scans and removal of detected/potential threats. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Screenshot of deceptive email used to spread GrandSteal malware:

GrandSteal virus distributing email

Text presented in this email letter:

Sehr geehrter Damen und Herren

durch Ihre Stellenanzeige erfuhr ich, dass Sie eine Bürokauffrau suchen.
Gern möchte ich mich als berufserfahrene Bewerberin vorstellen.

Ich war seit März 2009 als kaufmännische Angestellte-Sachbearbeiterin bei der Firma Kubon und Sagner GmbH in verschiedenen Bürotätigkeiten beschäftigt. Als Assistentin des kaufmännischen Leiters erledigte ich Stammdatenpflege, Korrespondenz und betreute ich die Telefonzentrale. Nach meinem Erziehungsurlaub übernahm ich die technischen Organisation der E-Mail und Print Werbung für unsere Bücher und Zeitschriften. Seit 2011 arbeitete ich in der Buch- und Zeitschriftenabteilung, zuständig für die Überwachung des Marktes auf neue wissenschaftliche Publikationen und Wareneinkauf. Rekrutierung neuer Lieferanten, Pflege der Kundenkontakte sowie Rechnungslegung und Preisbildung. Seit 4.6.2018 war ich über einer Zeitfirma im Auftrag von Referat für Gensundheit und Umwelt als kaufmännische Sachbearbeiterin in der Abteilung Städtische Friedhöfe befristet angestellt.
Aufgrund meinem langen Berufserfahrungen bin ich in der Lage, mich schnell auch in neue Tätigkeitsgebiete einzuarbeiten und nach kurzer Zeit eigenverantwortlich und selbständig zu arbeiten. Ich bin zuverlässig, teamfähig, verfüge über MS Office-Kenntnisse und schnelles Schreiben am PC.
Gern möchte ich Sie in einem Vorstellungsgespräch persönlich von meinen Stärken überzeugen. Über eine Einladung von Ihnen freue ich mich daher ganz besonders.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
--
Gesendet mit der GMX iPhone App

Appearance of the infectious attachment - "190720_Bewerbung_Kaufm_Angestellte_.doc" (GIF):

Malicious attachment distributing GrandSteal (190720_Bewerbung_Kaufm_Angestellte_.doc)

Text presented in this document:

SYSTEM ERROR: 0xc004f069 (syntax error: 0xc004f069-90-IsaDLL#211%)

The program can’t  start because api-ms-win-crt-stdio-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer.
For reinstalling the program file to fix the problem, please restart command:

For more information, please visit :
hxxp://support.microsoft.com/kb/899921
hxxp://support.microsoft.com/kb/902312

Microsoft © 2020
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ANGABEN ZUR PERSON

St.Augustinus Straße 20, 81825 München
+49 176 23893559
ANGESTREBTE AUSBILDUNGKauffrau für E-Commerce

SCHUL- UND BER UNG
01.10.2017–HeuteBachelorstudium Publizistik&Kommunikationswissenschaften
Hauptuni Wien, Wien (Österreich)
2014–2016 Allgemeine Hochschulreife
Städtisches Lion-Feuchtwanger- Gymnasium, München (Deutschland)
2013–2014 Mittlere Hochschulreife
Adalbert-Stifter-Realschule, München (Deutschland)
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Appearance of the infectious attachment - "180718_arbeitszeugnisse_aktuell.doc" (GIF):

Malicious attachment distributing GrandSteal (180718_arbeitszeugnisse_aktuell.doc)

Text presented in this document:

SYSTEM ERROR: 0xc004f069 (syntax error: 0xc004f069-90-IsaDLL#211%)

The program can’t  start because api-ms-win-crt-stdio-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer.
For reinstalling the program file to fix the problem, please restart command:
 
 
For more information, please visit :
hxxp://support.microsoft.com/kb/899921
hxxp://support.microsoft.com/kb/902312

Microsoft © 2020

München, den 07.02.2020

Bewerbung als Kaufmännische Mitarbeiterin

Sehr geehrter Dame and Herren,

Sie suchen eine entscheidungsfreudige kaufmännische Mitarbeiterin,         ...

Ob telefonisch oder persönlich, im Kontakt mit Kunden sorge ich aufgrund meines sympathischen Auftretens für eine angenehme Gesprächsatmosphäre, gebe angemessen         ...Ascher-Noerpel im Kundenservice hervorheben.

Dort lag mein Schwerpunkt in der:
•    Bearbeitung von Kundenanfragen z.B. Reklamation
•            ...Kontrolle und Abrechnung doppelter Anfahrten
•    Überarbeitung + Kontrolle von         ...und stelle den Kunden stets in den Mittelpunkt. Mein Umfeld schätzt meine Zuverlässigkeit und mein Verantwortungsbewusstsein, ich gelte als ehrlich, ausdauernd und zielstrebig.
Ich bin vielseitig interessiert, sehe neue Aufgaben als Herausforderung und zeige viel Engagement und Eigeninitiative.

Die Betreuung meiner Kinder ist durch die Schule gesichert.

Sollten Ihnen meine         ...zur Verfügung

  1. 05/2016 - 06/2019 Umschulung zur Kauffrau für Büromanagement (IHK) Drexler Seminare GmbH, München Wahlqualifikation: • Kaufmännische Steuerung und Kontrolle • Kaufmännische Abläufe in kleinen und mittleren      05/2017 – 07/2018 Pflichtpraktikum im Rahmen der Umschulung zur Kauffrau für Büromanagement, grapho metronic Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH • Beschaffung und Vertrieb von Waren und Dienstleistungen • Fakturieren von Rechnungen • Stammdatenpflege im ERP-System     beitung • Korrespondenz und      , Weimar 08/1999 – 08/2001 Kontrolleurin und Energieabrechnung, Energozentr AG, Pawlodar 09/1994 – 04/1999 Sekretärin, Techwest GmbH, Pawlodar Berufsausbildung Studium 09/1987 – 06/1994 Studium der Fachrichtung Elektrotechnik, Staatliche technische Universität Pawlodar, Kasachstan Abschluss: Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) Natalya Eckardt Freienfelsstraße 13, 81249 München 089 21594576, 0152 04396030 natalya.eckardt@freenet.de Schulische Ausbildung 09/1977 – 06/1987 Realschule Pawlodar, Abschluss: Mittlere Reife Sonstige Kenntnisse Sprachen Russisch      Englisch Grundkenntnisse IT MS Office      Persönliche Daten Name, Vorname Eckardt, Natalya Geburtsdatum und Ort 08.09.1970 in Pawlodar,      deutsch Familienstand verheiratet, 2 Kinder (*1988, *2007)

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Screenshot of GrandSteal malware's process on Windows Task Manager ("pxpx.exe"):

GrandSteal virus process on task manager (pxpx.exe)

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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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