Avoid installation of TrickBot via You must go to the law court email

Also Known As: TrickBot trojan
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

"You must go to the law court Email Virus" removal guide

What is "You must go to the law court Email Virus"?

Typically, cyber criminals behind such emails (malspam) attempt to deceive users into installing malware on their computers through the attached malicious file or website link. It is common that emails of this type are disguised as important, official. To make them look more legitimate, cyber criminals exploit names of widely known companies, organizations. This particular email is disguised as a letter regarding some subpoena, it contains a malicious attachment which is designed to install a Trojan called TrickBot.

You must go to the law court Email Virus malware-spreading email spam campaign

Cyber criminals behind this malspam campaign attempt to trick recipients into believing that they have received a letter from U.S. Department of Justice. As stated in this email, whoever received it must go to the court and bring documents that can be found in the attached file. The file attached to this email is a malicious Microsoft Excel which is designed to install TrickBot. Although, this document can install malware only if users enable macros commands (editing/content) in it. TrickBot is designed to operate as an information stealer. It is capable of collecting sensitive information by hijacking web browsers and modifying opened websites. When victims enter login credentials (usernames, emails, passwords, etc.) on modified websites, then TrickBot sends them to cyber criminals. Moreover, this Trojan can hijack applications such as WinSCP, Microsoft Outlook, Filezilla too. It can steal saved passwords, autofill data and other sensitive information that is saved on them. Usually cyber criminals use such malicious programs to steal email, social networking, banking and other personal accounts, cryptocurrency wallets, etc., and misuse them to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, spread malware further, trick other people into transferring them money, and so on. It is worthwhile to mention that there are TrickBot versions that can lock victim's screen. In one way or another, it is strongly recommended not to open the file attached to this malspam and more importantly, not enable macros commands in it.

Threat Summary:
Name TrickBot trojan
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Hoax This email is disguised as a court summons
Attachment(s) Case_3731201912-2020-001178.xls (its name may vary)
Detection Names DrWeb (Exploit.Siggen2.6138), ESET-NOD32 (DOC/Kryptik.L), Fortinet (MSExcel/Sneaky.AJ!tr), Ikarus (Trojan.Office.Doc), Full List Of Detections (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.
Payload TrickBot
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.
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A couple more examples of similar malspam are "Inland Revenue Exchange System Email Virus", "Agenzia Entrate Email Virus", and "Wacker Email Virus". In most cases the main purpose of cyber criminals behind it is to deceive a recipient into executing a malicious file that would infect a computer with some high-risk malware. Examples of other malicious programs that cyber criminals attempt to proliferate via malspam are NetWire, Kryptik, Ursnif and Adwind.

How did "You must go to the law court Email Virus" infect my computer?

Malspam is effective when recipients execute a malicious file that is attached to the email (or open a malicious website link and execute downloaded malicious file). In this particular case TrickBot can infect computers only if recipients open the attached malicious Microsoft Excel file and give it a permission to enable content (macros commands). Some examples of other files that cyber criminals attach to their emails are PDF documents, other Microsoft Office documents (like Word), executable files (like .exe), archive files (like ZIP, RAR), JavaScript files. It is worthwhile to mention that malicious documents opened with Microsoft Office that was released before year 2010 infect computers automatically. It is because those older versions to not have the Protected View mode which is designed to prevent malicious files from installing malware.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Programs and files should not be downloaded (or installed) through third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients), unofficial pages, and other channels of this kiund. The safest way to achieve it is by using official websites and direct links. Attachments and website links in irrelevant emails that are sent from unknown, suspicious addresses should not be opened - such emails often are sent by cyber criminals. It is common that they disguise such emails as important, official. Furthermore, it is important update and/or activate software with tools that are designed by official software developers and not some third party, unofficial activators or updaters. Such tools often are designed to cause installation of malware. Besides, it is not legal to use any third party, unofficial tools to activate licensed software. One more way to keep computers safe is to regularly scan them for threats with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. If you've already opened "You must go to the law court Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "You must go to the law court Email Virus" email letter:

Subject: Your Subpoena




You must go to the law court.


Case id: 3731201912-2020-001178


Date: 07/05/20


You have right to view the details of the charge attached.


You must prepare all the necessary documents that are listed in the attached file.


You have 14 days. If you do not prepare the documents, the court will take place without your particiation.


U.S. Department of Justice
950 PA Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Malicious attachment distributed via "You must go to the law court Email Virus" spam campaign:

Malicious attachment distributed through You must go to the law court Email Virus spam campaign

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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 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:

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 Malwarebytes for Windows.

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