PO Copy email virus removal guide
What is PO Copy email virus?
Generally, malspam campaigns are used to trick recipients into opening a malicious attachment or a file downloaded via a malicious website. The file then infects computers with malware. In this particular case, cyber criminals send emails with an attached ".7z" archive file, which contains a malicious Microsoft Office document designed to install Agent Tesla.
This email is disguised as a message from Shyamsree Infrastructure PVT LTD, a non-government real estate company. It contains an attachment (the "PO Copy.7z" archive file), which is supposedly a purchase order (PO) copy. In fact, the file contains a malicious MS Office document which installs Agent Tesla. This malware is capable of functioning as a keylogger and can record keyboard input. Therefore, cyber criminals responsible could steal information such as credit card details, login credentials (usernames, passwords), and other sensitive, confidential data, which could be misused to steal accounts and identities, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, etc. Agent Tesla is capable of stealing information from a number of web browsers, email clients, messaging clients, VPN and FPT clients, and various download managers. Furthermore, newer Agent Tesla versions can prevent victims from accessing Task manager, System Registry, launching Command Prompt and some other Windows features. Cyber criminals can use it to take screenshots of the victim's computer screen, and steal Wi-Fi profiles and passwords as well. Possible damage caused by this malware can be avoided by leaving the attachment in this malspam campaign unopened.
|Name||Agent Tesla RAT|
|Threat Type||Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.|
|Hoax||Email disguised as message regarding a purchase order.|
|Detection Names||Cybereason (Malicious.0709ee), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Kryptik.XTY), Kaspersky (UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.C!ml), 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.|
|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 Combo Cleaner.
Some examples of other malspam campaigns are "Atlas Home Products Email Virus", "Talkline Communications Email Virus" and "Nico International Email Virus". Note that these emails are often disguised official, important messages from legitimate companies and organizations. Other examples of malware distributed in this way include Adwind, TrickBot, and Ursnif.
How did "PO Copy Email Virus" infect my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware
Software should not be downloaded or installed through third party downloaders, installers, unofficial sites, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule or other tools/sources of this kind. The safest way to download files and programs is using official websites and direct links. Irrelevant emails that contain attachments, web links and are received from unknown, suspicious addresses should not be trusted or opened. Installed software must be activated and updated through tools that are provided by the official developers. Avoid third party, unofficial tools to update or activate software. Furthermore, it is illegal to use such tools to activate any licensed software. Operating systems should be regularly scanned for threats with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware suite. If you have already opened "PO Copy Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text in this email message:
Subject: PO Copy
Please find the attached file of PO copy for your reference for Load-out
Please arrange too send the PI on immediate basis for process the payment.
Thanks & Regards
Shyamsree Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd
(SHYAM STEEL group)
Detection of the malicious attachment in VirusTotal:
Malicious Agent Tesla process running in Task Manager as "VLC Media Player":
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is PO Copy email virus?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Agent Tesla 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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus 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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.