How to uninstall ApocalypseClipper?

Also Known As: ApocalypseClipper clipper
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

ApocalypseClipper virus removal guide

What is ApocalypseClipper?

ApocalypseClipper is a clipper malware, it targets cryptocurrency wallet addresses. To be more precise, it is designed to hijack cryptocurrency transactions by replacing entered wallet address entered by a user with the address owned by cyber criminals behind ApocalypseClipper. This malware is for sale on a hacker forum, it costs 549.99 Rubles.

ApocalypseClipper malware

When ApocalypseClipper is installed on the operating system, it monitors the clipboard of the infected computer. When a user copies data, computer saves it to clipboard. ApocalypseClipper detects when copied data contains cryptocurrency wallet address and then replaces it with the one owned by cyber criminals behind ApocalypseClipper. It is common that users do not enter wallet addresses manually, they copy and paste them and that is when ApocalypseClipper serves its purpose. When unsuspecting users make transactions using wallet addresses swapped by this malware, they send cryptocurrency to cyber criminals. To sum up, users who have their computers infected with this malware are exposed to risk of financial loss. Research shows that ApocalypseClipper does not use much of the system resources, which means victims may now know that they have a computer infected with it for a long period of time. Its process in Task Manager is disguised as a system process. Also, it is known that this malware is written in C/C++ programming language, it is supported on Windows 7, 8, 10 x86/x64 operating systems. It is capable of hijacking cryptocurrency transactions in these wallets: BTC, DASH, DOGE, ETH, LTC, NEO, YMONEY, PAYEER, Qiwi RU & UA, WMR, WMZ and XMR.

Threat Summary:
Name ApocalypseClipper clipper
Threat Type Clipper malware
Detection Names AVG (FileRepMetagen [Malware]), BitDefender (Gen:Heur.Mint.Zard.1), Emsisoft (Gen:Heur.Mint.Zard.1 (B)), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Banker.Win32.ClipBanker.gen), Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Clippers 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.
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More examples of malicious programs that cyber criminals use to steal cryptocurrency from their victims are E-Clipper, ProstoClipper and BitCoin Clipper. Different clippers may operate differently, although, all of them are used for the same purpose - to generate revenue in an illegal, malicious way. It is unknown how exactly cyber criminals distribute ApocalypseClipper, although, it is very likely that they use one (or more) of the methods described below.

How did ApocalypseClipper infiltrate my computer?

Usually, cyber criminals try to trick users into infecting their computers with malware by using Trojans, malspam campaigns, unreliable software, file download souces, unofficial software updating and activation tools. Trojan is a type of malware that can be designed to install other software of this kind. Although, it can cause chain infections only when it is already installed on a computer. Another popular way to distribute malicious programs is to attach some malicious file to an emails and send it to a number of users. The main purpose of cyber criminals behind malspam campaigms to deceive recipients into opening a malicious file that is designed to install malicious software. Typically, they send malicious Microsoft Office, PDF documents, JavaScript files, archive files like ZIP, RAR and executable files (.exe and other). It is worthwhile to mention that their emails can contain a malicious website link that is designed to download some malicious file. Furthermore, malware can get installed via untrustworthy file and software download channels such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, etc.), unofficial pages, free file hosting, freeware download websites, third party downloaders, etc. It happens when users download malicious files (typically, they are disguised as regular, legitimate) and open them. Third party, unofficial software updating tools cause damage either by installing malware instead of updates, fixes for installed programs or by exploiting bugs, flaws of outdated software that is installed on users computer. Unofficial activation ('cracking' tools) infect systems by installing malware instead of activating installed, licensed software for free.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Installed software must be updated and/or activated with implemented tools (or functions) that are designed by its official developers. Tools of this kind can be (and often are) used to distribute malicious software. Also, is not legal to activate licensed software with unofficial tools. Attachments (or web links) in received emails that are irrelevant should not be opened. Especially if they are received from unknown, suspicious email addresses. Software should be downloaded only from official paged and via direct links. Unofficial pages, various third party downloaders and other and other channels that are mentioned in the previous paragraph should not be used for that. Third party installers should not be used too. One more way keep a computer safe is to regularly scan it for threats with a reputable anti-spyware or antivirus software. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Screenshot of a hacker forum used to promote ApocalypseClipper:

apocalypseclipper malware promoted 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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