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.
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 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
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?
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:
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:
- What is ApocalypseClipper?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of ApocalypseClipper 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 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.