Avoid installation of Adwind via the Atlas Home Products malspam campaign

Also Known As: Atlas Home Products spam
Damage level: Severe

What is Atlas Home Products email virus?

Typically, cyber criminals use malspam campaigns to trick recipients into opening a downloaded malicious attachment, or file downloaded through a website link, in a received email. When opened, the file installs malicious software. Commonly, emails sent by cyber criminals are disguised as important and official.

The email in this malspam campaign is disguised as a message from Atlas Home Products and used to distribute a malicious program called Adwind.

Atlas Home Products Email Virus malware-spreading email spam campaign

Cyber criminals behind this malspam campaign 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 a document relating to a quotation, however, it contains a file designed to install Adwind (also known as AlienSpy, Frutas, JSocket, Sockrat, Unrecom, and jRAT).

This malware can log keystrokes, collect passwords saved on browsers, grab data from web forms, access the microphone and webcam, and also steal keys from cryptocurrency wallets and VPN certificates.

Therefore, by executing the file in the attached archive, users give cyber criminals an opportunity to access sensitive information, which could be misused to steal various accounts, identities, make fraudulent purchases and transactions, trick other users into installing malware onto their computers, etc.

Ignore all malspam emails such as this, and leave files and website links associated with them unopened.

Threat Summary:
Name Atlas Home Products spam
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 are many different malspam campaigns. Some examples are "Talkline Communications Email Virus", "Nico International Email Virus" and "Mundinter Email Virus". Cyber criminals use them to trick recipients into executing a malicious file designed to install malware, which enables them to generate revenue in various ways.

Examples of malware that cyber criminals distribute through malspam are HawkEye, Gozi, TrickBot, and 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 take this action.

More examples of files that cyber criminals attach to their emails are PDF documents, Microsoft Office documents (Word), executable files (.exe), other archive files (ZIP, RAR), and JavaScript files.

Note that malicious documents opened with any Microsoft Office suite that was released before MS Office 2010 infect computers automatically, since older versions do not demand permission to enable content/editing (macros commands). I.e., 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 tools provided by the official developers. Third party, unofficial tools should never be used, as they can be designed to install malware. Furthermore, It is illegal 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.

Do not open attachments and links in irrelevant emails, especially if the emails are sent from unknown, suspicious addresses. Keep computers safe by regularly scanning them for threats with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware suite, and keep the software up to date.

If you have already opened "Atlas Home Products Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the Atlas Home Products malspam email:

Subject: Atlas Home Products, Inc. Quotation Request


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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Types of malicious emails:

Phishing email icon Phishing Emails

Most commonly, cybercriminals use deceptive emails to trick Internet users into giving away their sensitive private information, for example, login information for various online services, email accounts, or online banking information.

Such attacks are called phishing. In a phishing attack, cybercriminals usually send an email message with some popular service logo (for example, Microsoft, DHL, Amazon, Netflix), create urgency (wrong shipping address, expired password, etc.), and place a link which they hope their potential victims will click on.

After clicking the link presented in such email message, victims are redirected to a fake website that looks identical or extremely similar to the original one. Victims are then asked to enter their password, credit card details, or some other information that gets stolen by cybercriminals.

Email-virus icon Emails with Malicious Attachments

Another popular attack vector is email spam with malicious attachments that infect users' computers with malware. Malicious attachments usually carry trojans that are capable of stealing passwords, banking information, and other sensitive information.

In such attacks, cybercriminals' main goal is to trick their potential victims into opening an infected email attachment. To achieve this goal, email messages usually talk about recently received invoices, faxes, or voice messages.

If a potential victim falls for the lure and opens the attachment, their computers get infected, and cybercriminals can collect a lot of sensitive information.

While it's a more complicated method to steal personal information (spam filters and antivirus programs usually detect such attempts), if successful, cybercriminals can get a much wider array of data and can collect information for a long period of time.

Sextortion email icon Sextortion Emails

This is a type of phishing. In this case, users receive an email claiming that a cybercriminal could access the webcam of the potential victim and has a video recording of one's masturbation.

To get rid of the video, victims are asked to pay a ransom (usually using Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency). Nevertheless, all of these claims are false - users who receive such emails should ignore and delete them.

How to spot a malicious email?

While cyber criminals try to make their lure emails look trustworthy, here are some things that you should look for when trying to spot a phishing email:

  • Check the sender's ("from") email address: Hover your mouse over the "from" address and check if it's legitimate. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft, be sure to check if the email address is @microsoft.com and not something suspicious like @m1crosoft.com, @microsfot.com, @account-security-noreply.com, etc.
  • Check for generic greetings: If the greeting in the email is "Dear user", "Dear @youremail.com", "Dear valued customer", this should raise suspiciousness. Most commonly, companies call you by your name. Lack of this information could signal a phishing attempt.
  • Check the links in the email: Hover your mouse over the link presented in the email, if the link that appears seems suspicious, don't click it. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft and the link in the email shows that it will go to firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0... you shouldn't trust it. It's best not to click any links in the emails but to visit the company website that sent you the email in the first place.
  • Don't blindly trust email attachments: Most commonly, legitimate companies will ask you to log in to their website and to view any documents there; if you received an email with an attachment, it's a good idea to scan it with an antivirus application. Infected email attachments are a common attack vector used by cybercriminals.

To minimise the risk of opening phishing and malicious emails we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows

Example of a spam email:

Example of an email spam

What to do if you fell for an email scam?

  • If you clicked on a link in a phishing email and entered your password - be sure to change your password as soon as possible. Usually, cybercriminals collect stolen credentials and then sell them to other groups that use them for malicious purposes. If you change your password in a timely manner, there's a chance that criminals won't have enough time to do any damage.
  • If you entered your credit card information - contact your bank as soon as possible and explain the situation. There's a good chance that you will need to cancel your compromised credit card and get a new one.
  • If you see any signs of identity theft - you should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission. This institution will collect information about your situation and create a personal recovery plan.
  • If you opened a malicious attachment - your computer is probably infected, you should scan it with a reputable antivirus application. For this purpose, we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
  • Help other Internet users - report phishing emails to Anti-Phishing Working Group, FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, National Fraud Information Center and U.S. Department of Justice.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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