How to remove Anubis information stealer?

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

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.

Anubis malware

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 Summary:
Name Anubis malware
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
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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?

In most cases users infect computers with malware through malspam campaigns/emails, fake software updaters, untrustworthy software download channels, Trojans and unofficial activation ('cracking') tools. They get tricked into installing malware via malspam campaigns when they open a malicious email attachment (or a file downloaded via malicious link). Typically, cyber criminals attach some malicious Microsoft Office or PDF document, archive file like ZIP, RAR, executable file (like .exe) or JavaScript file. It is common that malspam campaigns are disguised as official, important letters sent from legitimate companies, organizations. When users use fake software updaters, they often allow them to exploit flaws, bugs of outdated programs that are installed on their computer, or simply install malicious software instead of updates, fixes, for the installed one. To install malware via unreliable download sources it is necessary to download a malicious file and open it. As a rule, users download such files without knowing that they are malicious - cyber criminals disguise them as regular, legitimate. Examples of unreliable download channels, sources are Peer-to-peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, freeware download, free file hosting web pages, and so on. Trojans are malicious programs that can cause damage only when they are installed on a computer. Once installed, certain Trojans can cause chain infections - install additional malware. Software 'cracking' tools (unofficial activators) are programs that supposed to illegally bypass activation of some licensed software. Although, quite often they are designed to install malicious software instead.

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:

anubis stealer admin panel login

anubis stealer admin panel

Screenshots of hacker forum used to sell Anubis:

Example 1:

anubis stealer for sale on hacker forum

Example 2:

anubis stealer for sale on hacker forum

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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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