Anubis virus removal guide
What is Anubis?
Anubis is a piece of malware classified as information stealer, it can be purchased on a hacker forum (its price starts from $100). Cyber criminals can use it as a tool to steal cryptocurrency wallets, information such as browsing cookies, passwords saved on web browsers, credit card details. Therefore, if there is any reason to suspect that this (or other malware of this type) is installed on a computer, then it should be uninstalled as soon as possible.
Since this malware can be used to collect passwords, cyber criminals behind it could steal a variety of accounts (e.g., email, social media, banking-related, file hosting accounts) and misuse them for malicious purposes. For instance, they may use stolen accounts to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, spread malspam, phishing emails, steal identities, access sensitive documents, files, etc. Also, Anubis can be used to steal browser cookies. Cyber criminals may install stolen cookies with hashed passwords on their browsers which would allow them to access various accounts without having to log into them. Furthermore, Anubis is capable of stealing credit card details and cryptocurrency wallets - they could be misused to make fraudulent transactions and/or purchases too, or cyber criminals could sell them to third parties (other cyber criminals). To sum up, victims of Anubis attack may suffer monetary loss, lose access to various personal accounts, become victims of identity theft, experience serious problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, etc.
|Threat Type||Password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Generic.DataStealer.1.F0BC09DF), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Spy.Agent.AES), Kaspersky (Trojan-Banker.MSIL.Evital.gen), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Information stealers 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, monetary loss|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
A couple of examples of other malicious programs that are classified as information stealers are Babax, StormKitty, DarkStealer. Not all of them have the same capabilities, although, most of them are used with the same purpose: to steal sensitive information that could be misused to generate revenue in some way. Methods that cyber criminals use to trick users into installing malware on their computers are described in the paragraph below.
How did Anubis infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware?
It strongly recommended not to open files attached to irrelevant emails, the same applies to website links in them. Especially if such emails are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Quite often such emails are sent by cyber criminals. Also, it is common that they disguise their emails as important, official. All files and programs should be downloaded from official and trustworthy websites, and via direct links. Third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, and other sources, tools that are mentioned in the previous paragraph should not be trusted/used. Third party installers should never be used too. Furthermore, software must be updated and/or activated only with tools (and/or implemented functions) that are designed (provided) by its official developers. Unofficial, third party tools can be and often are designed to cause installation of malicious software. Another issue with such tools is that it is not legal to use them to activate licensed programs. One more way to keep the installed operating system safe is to regularly scan it with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. Such software should be always up to date. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Screenshots of Anubis administration panel:
Screenshots of hacker forum used to sell Anubis:
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:
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.