Avoid installation of Adwind via Atlas Home Products malspam campaign

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

Atlas Home Products email virus removal guide

What is Atlas Home Products email virus?

Typically, cyber criminals use malspam campaigns with a purpose to trick recipients into opening a downloaded malicious attachment or file downloaded through a website link in a received email. When opened, that file installs some malicious software. It is common that emails sent by cyber criminals are disguised as important, official. Email in this malspam campaign is disguised as a letter from Atlas Home Products and used to distribute malicious program called Adwind.

Atlas Home Products Email Virus malware-spreading email spam campaign

Cyber criminals behind this malspam attempt to trick recipients into opening a malicious file which can be extracted from the attached "Atlas Home Products Inc RFQ_pdf.jar" (its name may vary in different variants of this malspam campaign) archive file. The file attached to this email is disguised as some document related to price quotation, although, it contains a file designed to install Adwind (also known as AlienSpy, Frutas, JSocket, Sockrat, Unrecom, jRAT). This malware can log keystrokes, collect passwords saved on browsers and grab data from web forms, access microphone, webcam, steal keys from cryptocurrency wallets and VPN certificates. Therefore, by executing file in the attached archive file users would give cyber criminals an opportunity to access sensitive information that could be misused to steal various accounts, identities, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, trick other users into installing malware on their computers, etc. Malspam campaigns like this one must be ignored (and files, website links in them left unopened).

Threat Summary:
Name Adwind trojan
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Hoax This email is disguised as a letter from Atlas Home Products, Inc.
Attachment(s) Atlas Home Products Inc RFQ_pdf.jar (its name may vary)
Detection Names Avast (Java:Malware-gen [Trj]), BitDefender (Java.Trojan.GenericGB.29141), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Java/Adwind.ASX), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Java.Agent.gen), 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 Adwind
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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There is a great number of different malspam campaigns, some examples are "Talkline Communications Email Virus", "Nico International Email Virus" and "Mundinter Email Virus". As a rule, cyber criminals use them for one purpose: to trick recipients into executing some malicious file designed to install malware that would help them to generate revenue in one or another way. Examples of malware that cyber criminals distribute through malspam are HawkEye, Gozi, TrickBot, Kryptik.

How did "Atlas Home Products Email Virus" infect my computer?

In this particular case Adwind can be successfully installed only after executing a file extracted from the attached "Atlas Home Products Inc RFQ_pdf.jar" file. Therefore, computers are safe as long as recipients do not make the aforementioned actions. More examples of files that cyber criminals attach to their emails are PDF documents, Microsoft Office documents (like Word), executable files (like .exe), other archive files (like ZIP, RAR), JavaScript files. It is worthwhile to mention that malicious documents opened with any Microsoft Office suite that was released before MS Office 2010 infect computers automatically. It is because they older versions do not ask for a permission to enable content/editing (macros commands). In other words, they do not include the Protected View mode which prevents malicious documents from installing malware automatically.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Installed software must be updated and activated with implemented functions and/or tools provided by its official developers. Third party, unofficial tools should never be used for that - they can be designed to install malware. Moreover, It is not legal to activate licensed software with unofficial activation ('cracking') tools. All files and programs should be downloaded from trustworthy (official) websites, and via direct links. It is not safe to use Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, unofficial pages, etc.. No software should be installed through third party installers as well. Furthermore, attachments and links in irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially if email of this kind are sent from unknown, suspicious addresses. One more way to keep computers safe is to regularly scan them for threats with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware suite and always keep that software up to date. If you've already opened "Atlas Home Products Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the Atlas Home Products malspam email:

Subject: Atlas Home Products, Inc. Quotation Request

 

Dear,
Kindly give us your best price quotation, based on the availability of the products.
Remember to provide the following information for us to enable us place our official purchase order:
1, Payment terms
2, Delivery date
3, Port of Loading
4, Invoice

 

best regards,
Home Gallery Philippines

 

Rea perado
Atlas Home Products, Inc.
552 Elcano St., Tondo, Manila Philippines
email:  pd5.homegallery@yahoo.com

Malicious attachment distributed via Atlas Home Products malspam detected as malicious in Virustotal:

atlas home products email virus virustotal detections

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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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