How to remove Raccoon stealer from the operating system?

Also Known As: Malicious Cyberpunk 2077 installer
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Cyberpunk 2077 virus removal guide

What is Cyberpunk 2077 virus?

Cyberpunk 2077 is a 2020 action role-playing video game, one of the most anticipated games of the year that was released on 10 December. It is common that cyber criminals exploit the popularity of games to distribute malware and Cyberpunk 2077 is not an exception. In this particular case cyber criminals promote a supposedly pirated versions of the Cyberpunk 2077 game, these cracked versions are bundled with Raccoon stealer, a trojan-type malware.

Cyberpunk 2077 malware

It is common that various hacked or cracked games (or other software) downloaded via torrent clients, file-sharing sites, untrustworthy pages, etc., are infected with malware or malicious code. As mentioned in the first paragraph, cyber criminals behind this particular malware campaign offer users to download a supposedly free (cracked) version of Cyberpunk 2077 game which is actually a downloader and installer for the Raccoon stealer.

Raccoon (also known as Legion, Mohazo, and Racealer) is trojan-type malware that steals sensitive information from web browsers such as saved passwords, cookies, crypto wallet data and autofill data. Also, it collects data such as IP addresses and geolocations, and can be used to download and execute files. Stolen information could be misused for various malicious purposes, for example, to steal personal accounts (including email, banking, social media and other accounts), make fraudulent purchases, steal identities, trick other users into making money transactions, and so on. Moreover, Raccoon could be used to infect computers with additional malware, for example, Trojans of other types, ransomware, cryptocurrency miners.

Threat Summary:
Name Malicious Cyberpunk 2077 installer
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Detection Names (Downloaded Malicious File) Avast (Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj]), AVG (Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.HIIT), Fortinet (W32/Kryptik.GWXD!tr), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Azorult.FW!MTB), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload Raccoon
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.
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In conclusion, users who use installers for pirated software (including games) often unknowingly infect their computers with various high-risk malware. Some more examples of malware that can be distributed this way are Omfl, FormBook, Ursnif, FRAT. If there is any reason to believe that a computer is already infected with Raccoon stealer or any other malware, then installed malware should be removed as soon as possible.

How did Cyberpunk 2077 infiltrate my computer?

In this case cyber criminals attempt to trick users into installing Raccoon stealer via downloader/installer for pirated version of the Cyberpunk 2077 that can be downloaded via certain website (screenshot of that website can be found below). Although, there are more ways to distribute malware. It is common that cyber criminals use malspam emails (emails that contain malicious attachments or download links for malicious files), other unreliable file, software download sources (like Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, third party downloaders), fake software updating tools, unofficial software activation tools, certain Trojans for that as well.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Files (like MS Office documents, executable files, archive files, JavaScript files) and links in irrelevant emails that are received from unknown addresses should not be opened. Files and programs should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct download links. Other sources (like unofficial pages, P2P networks, third party downloaders) should not be used. Third party installers should not be used as well. Furthermore, installed software has to be updated and activated by using tools or implemented functions that are provided by its official developers. None of the unofficial, third party tools are trustworthy. Also, it is not legal to use unofficial tools to activate licensed software, or use installers for pirated/hacked software. Additionally, the operating system should be scanned for threats regularly. It should be done by using a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Download website for the malicious Cyberpunk 2077 downloader/installer that is designed to distribute Raccoon:

cyberpunk 2077 virus download page for malicious game installer

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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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