Ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze email virus removal guide
What is Ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze email virus?
Typically, cyber criminals behind malspam emails like this one attempt to trick recipients into downloading and executing a malicious attachment (or opening a file that can be downloaded via provided website link) that is designed to install malware. This particular email has a ZIP file attached to it which contains a malicious MS Excel document which is designed to install Ursnif (also known as Gozi, Dreambot and IFSB).
Ursnif is the name of a malicious program that can record keystrokes, collect saved logins/passwords, web browsing activity, system information, and some other data. Typically, cyber criminals use such programs to steal personal accounts, identities, credit card details, and other sensitive information. They misuse stolen accounts and/or sensitive information to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, access personal files, spend malspam emails, and for other malicious purposes. It means that users who would have their computers infected with Ursnif may become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, lose access to various personal accounts, and/or encounter other serious problems. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to trust emails like this one and leave files or links in them unopened.
|Threat Type||Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.|
|Hoax||Letter from the Minister of Economy and Finance|
|Attachment(s)||sviluppo_economico_12__420.zip (its name may vary)|
|Detection Names (sviluppo_economico_12__420.xlsb)||Alibaba (TrojanDownloader:VBA/MalDoc.ali1000101), Cyren (XF/SneakyBin.O.gen!Camelot), ESET-NOD32 (DOC/Kryptik.Q), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.MSOffice.SAgent.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.|
|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.
A couple of examples of other similar malspam campaigns are "Teco New Order Email Virus", "Tasco Email Virus" and "Transcrop Bank Email Virus". It is worthwhile to mention that in mo cases cyber criminals disguise such emails as official letters from legitimate companies, organizations or other entities. Examples of malware that was or still is distributed this way are Agent Tesla, Dridex and Adwind.
How did "Ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze email virus" infect my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware?
Website links and files in irrelevant emails that are sent from suspicious, unknown email addresses should not be opened. It is common that such emails are disguised as official letters from legitimate companies, however, more often they are used to deliver malware. Files, programs should be downloaded only from official sites and via direct download links. Other sources, tools like third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial sites, free file hosting pages, etc., should not be used. The same applies to third party installers. Installed programs have to be updated (and activated, if it is required) with tools and/or implemented functions that are designed by their official developers. Third party, unofficial tools should never be used for that - most of them are designed to distribute malware. Also, it is not legal to use unofficial activation tools or installers for pirated software. And lastly, a computer should be scanned for malware and other threats regularly, it should be done by using an up-to-date and reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. If you've already opened file in the Ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze email, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "Ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze email virus" email letter:
Subject: documento 948
Oggetto: Progetto riapertura parziale dell'attivita commerciale e produttiva
ai fini della ripartenza dell'economia: indicazioni per le attivita
Il ministro dell'economia e delle finanze;
DISPONE URGENTEMENTE ai titolari di attivita di verificare mediante
l'archivio allegato a questa e-mail le ultime modifiche effettuate al decreto
e l'eventuale presenza della loro tipologia di impresa
all'interno dei nuovi elenchi di imprese sospese, ed eventuali modalita
associate, in modo da gestire le riaperture con un ragionevole anticipo.
Le disposizioni del presente decreto verranno rese effettive in data
Il Ministro dello sviluppo economico
Firmato digitalmente da: STEFANO PATUANELLI
Organizzazione : MISE/763649992911978
Malicious attachment distributed via Ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze email virus spam campaign:
Malicious Excel document detected as a threat in Virustotal:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze email virus?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Ursnif 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.