What is LatenBot?
LatentBot is malicious software written in the Delphi programming language. It is capable of operating as a keystroke logger, form grabber, cookie stealer and Remote Access/Administration Tool (RAT). Cyber criminals behind this malware can use it to generate in various ways.
If your computer is infected with LatentBot, remove this malicious software immediately, since it can cause serious problems.
The keystroke logging feature allows cyber criminals to record keys pressed. Using this technique, this malicious software can record everything the victim enters via the keyboard, including logins, passwords, credit card details, and other personal, confidential information.
Generally, cyber criminals misuse stolen information to make fraudulent purchases and transactions, hijack social media, email, and other accounts, and so on. The form grabbing feature allows them to use LatentBot to capture private information, such as usernames and passwords, directly from the browser form or page.
The main difference between form grabbing and key logging is that form grabbing provides a cleaner, better captured data structure. Cyber criminals can use both techniques for the same purpose. Furthermore, LatentBot can be used to steal cookies, which can be used to access websites and perform malicious actions.
Cyber criminals might use them to pose as the user and perform actions with associated permissions. For example, to make false posts in the user's name or even transfer money from bank accounts. Furthermore, LatentBot can operate as a Remote Administration Tool.
Therefore, cyber criminals can use it to take control over the victim's computer and perform various actions. They can use it to create, delete, rename, copy or edit files, execute various commands, change system settings, shutdown or restart a computer, monitor the victim's computing and web browsing activity, take screenshots, access the webcam, and many other actions.
Attackers commonly use RATs to steal personal information and install malware or other unwanted software (such as cryptocurrency miners, ransomware) on the operating system, which can help them to generate revenue.
|Threat Type||Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.|
|Detection Names (k8mpA8AV.vbs)||ESET-NOD32 (VBS/TrojanDownloader.Agent.SRL), Fortinet (VBS/Agent.SRL!tr.dldr), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Dropper.VBS.SDrop.gen), Symantec (ISB.Downloader!gen301), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Payload||LatenBot can be used to spread various types of malware.|
|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 Combo Cleaner.
More examples of trojan-type malware are Buerak, Grandoreiro and KBOT. This software opens 'backdoors' for other malware (thereby causing chain infections), however, LatentBot allows cyber criminals to perform other functions as well.
Victims of LatenBot attack can suffer financial and data loss, have their identities stolen, experience serious privacy issues, and other problems. Therefore, if LatentBot or other malware is installed on the operating system, eliminate it immediately.
How did LatenBot infiltrate my computer?
RIG Exploit Kit is one of a number of ways that cyber criminals use to proliferate LatentBot. Exploit kits are programs used to initiate 'exploits' against installed vulnerable software or websites, however, there are other popular ways also employed to trick people into installing malware onto operating systems.
Cyber criminals use spam campaigns, untrusted software download sources/channels, software 'cracking' tools and fake updaters. They attempt to proliferate malicious software by sending emails that contain bogus attachments or web links that, if opened, download a malicious file.
Examples of untrusted software download channels are free file hosting, freeware download websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (for example, eMule, torrent clients), third party downloaders, unofficial websites, etc. Cyber criminals use these to host and distribute malicious files.
People who open files downloaded through such channels risk installation of malicious programs. Fake software updaters infect computers by exploiting bugs/flaws of outdated software or by installing malware rather than fixes and updates. Software 'cracking' tools supposedly bypass activation of licensed software free of charge, however, they often install malware instead.
How to avoid installation of malware
Software and files should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, third party downloaders, installers, etc., are often used to proliferate malicious programs. Therefore, it is not safe to use them to download or install software.
Do not open attachments or web links in irrelevant emails received from unknown, suspicious addresses. If there is any reason to suspect that an email is received from cyber criminals, leave the contents unopened. All installed software must be updated and activated with tools/functions that are designed by official software developers.
Avoid third party, unofficial tools. Furthermore, it is illegal to activate licensed software with 'cracking' tools/unofficial activators. Scan your computer for threats regularly with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is LatenBot?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of LatenBot 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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus 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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
It is known RIG Exploit Kit is one of the ways that cyber criminals use to proliferate LatentBot. Exploit kits are programs often used to initiate 'exploits' against installed vulnerable software or websites, however, there are more popular ways to trick users into installing malware on the operating systems.
In most cases cyber criminals use spam campaigns, untrusted software download sources/channels, software 'cracking' tools and fake updaters. Very often cyber criminals attempt to proliferate malicious software by sending emails that contain malicious attachments or web links that, if opened, download some malicious file.
Examples of untrusted software download channels are various free file hosting, freeware download websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (for example, eMule, torrent clients), third party downloaders, unofficial websites, etc. Cyber criminals use them as tools to host, distribute malicious files.
People who open files that were downloaded through such channels risk to install malicious programs. Fake software updaters infect computers by exploiting bugs, flaws of some outdated software that is installed on them or by installing malware rather than fixes, updates.
Software 'cracking' tools supposedly bypass activation of various licensed software free of charge, however, they often install malware instead