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Avoid installation of Agent Tesla via Inditron Enterprises malspam email

Also Known As: Agent Tesla RAT
Type: Trojan
Damage level: Severe

What is Inditron Enterprises email virus?

Generally, malspam emails such as this one are disguised as important messages from legitimate companies and contain a website link or attachment. The main purpose of these emails is to trick recipients into downloading and opening a malicious file, which then installs rogue software.

This email is disguised as a message from Inditron Enterprises (a company that has nothing do to with this malspam campaign) and is used to deceive users into installing a remote administration Trojan (RAT) called Agent Tesla.

Inditron Enterprises email virus malware-spreading email spam campaign

This malspam email is a short message stating that the recipient should check the attached document (swift copy) and confirm a payment. If clicked, the image in this email opens a download link for "swift copy.lha", a compressed archive file that contains another file designed to install Agent Tesla.

This remote administration Trojan is designed record keyboard input (log keystrokes), steal login credentials saved on various web browsers, email and messaging clients, FTP, VPN clients, and download managers.

Additionally, it is capable of blocking access to the Task Manager, Registry, and preventing victims from executing commands via the Command Prompt and using other Windows features.

Usually, cyber criminals employ malware such as Agent Tesla to obtain login credentials (for example, usernames, email addresses, passwords), credit card details and other sensitive information that can be misused for malicious purposes.

For example, to steal identities, make fraudulent purchases and transactions, deliver malicious software via email, and use stolen accounts to trick other people into making money transactions.

Threat Summary:
Name Agent Tesla RAT
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Hoax Message regarding a payment confirmation.
Attachment(s) Image file that is designed to open a downlaod link for a malicious swift copy.lha file.
Detection Names (swift copy.lha)
Avast (Win32:TrojanX-gen [Trj]), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKDZ.71532), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Kryptik.YTT), Kaspersky (HEUR:Backdoor.MSIL.Androm.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 Agent Tesla
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)

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To summarize, once a computer is infected with Agent Tesla RAT, users might become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, experience problems relating to online privacy and web browsing safety, lose access to various accounts, and encounter other serious problems.

Some examples of other malware distributed via malspam are "$100 Amazon Gift Card Email Virus", "CDP Email Virus" and "Ministro Dell'Economia E Delle Finanze Email Virus".

How did "Inditron Enterprises email virus" infect my computer?

As mentioned, Agent Tesla is installed via this malspam email only when recipients click the included image and execute a malicious file included in the malicious "swift copy.lha" archive file.

Some examples of files that cyber criminals attach to their emails are malicious Microsoft Office documents (e.g., Word, Excel), PDF documents, other archive files such as RAR, ZIP, executable files (.exe), JavaScript files.

Note that if a malicious document is opened with MS Office versions released before 2010, the document infects computers with the aforementioned malware automatically, since older versions do not include Protected View mode (they do not need permission to enable macros commands to install malware).

How to avoid installation of malware?

To avoid malware spread via spam mail, you are strongly advised against opening suspicious or irrelevant emails, especially those with any attachments or links present within them. Additionally, use Microsoft Office versions released after 2010.

Malicious programs also proliferate through untrusted download channels (e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders), illegal software activation ("cracking") tools, and fake updaters.

Therefore, only download from official/verified sources and activate and update software with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers. To ensure device integrity and user privacy, have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and kept updated.

Furthermore, use these programs to run regular system scans and to remove detected/potential threats. If you have already opened "Inditron Enterprises email virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the Inditron Enterprises malspam email:

Subject: please confirm the payment

Hello Dear,

The payment was made on Friday, 20th.
Please see attached the swift copy & arrange delivery.

Best regards.

SHUBHAM SALGAON
PURCHASE EXECUTIVE
Mob no.8459662255
Inditron Enterprises
82/1, Bajirao Dhavde Industrial Estate, NDA Road, Shivne, Pune - 23
Tel. : 020 25290088; 25290310; 25290311
Email ID - shubhms@inditron.in

The information contained in this electronic transmission message and any of its attachments is intended for addressee(s) only and may contain confidential information. If you are not the addressee(s), please notify the sender and delete this message completely. Any views expressed herein are those of the individual sender except where the sender specifically states it to be the views of Unilever.
Unilever is neither liable for incomplete transmission of this electronic message nor for any delay in its receipt. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any disclosure, reproduction, distribution or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this electronic message is strictly prohibited.

Malicious attachment distributed via Inditron Enterprises malspam campaign:

inditron enterprises email virus swift copy.tha file detected as malicious

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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 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:

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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.

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