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How to remove ElectroRAT from the operating system

Also Known As: ElectroRAT Remote Access Trojan
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Severe

What is ElectroRAT?

ElectroRAT is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) written in the Go programming language and designed to target Windows, MacOS, and Linux users. Cyber criminals behind ElectroRAT target mainly cryptocurrency users. This RAT is distributed via the trojanized Jamm, eTrader, and DaoPoker applications.

ElectroRAT scam

The aforementioned Jamm and eTrader apps are cryptocurrency trade management applications, and DaoPoker is a cryptocurrency poker app. All three are related to cryptocurrency.

The download websites for these apps were/are promoted by fake users on certain cryptocurrency and blockchain-related forums, and via Twitter and Telegram. Once opened, each of the trojanized apps loads a graphical user interface (GUI) and starts ElectroRAT (which runs hidden in the system background).

ElectroRAT has capabilities such as uploading files from disk, downloading files and executing commands on the victim’s computer, keylogging (keystroke logging) and taking screenshots.

Malware with keylogging features allows cyber criminals to record keyboard input, which is employed to steal personal information that victims enter. For example, credit card details, login credentials (email addresses, usernames, passwords), and other sensitive information, which could be used to steal various accounts and identities, to make fraudulent purchases and transactions, send malspam, and for other malicious purposes.

ElectroRAT can also be used to steal files stored on the victim's computer. For example, it could download and execute malicious files designed to install malware for this purpose.

Threat Summary:
Name ElectroRAT Remote Access Trojan
Threat Type Remote Access Trojan
Detection Names (eTrader-0.1.0_mchos.dmg) AegisLab (Trojan.OSX.Generic.4!c), BitDefender (Trojan.MAC.Agent.IV), GData (Trojan.MAC.Agent.IV), Kaspersky (HEUR:Backdoor.Linux.Electro.gen), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (eTrader app) AegisLab (Trojan.Multi.Generic.4!c), BitDefender (Trojan.MAC.Agent.IV), FireEye (Trojan.MAC.Agent.IV), MAX (Malware (ai Score=81)), Full List (VirusTotal)
Malicious Process Name(s) mdworker (its name may vary)
Symptoms Remote Access 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.
Additional Information This RAT targets Windows, MacOS and Linux users
Distribution methods Trojanized Jamm, eTrade and DaoPoker apps.
Damage Stolen passwords and banking information, identity theft, installation of additional malware, monetary and data loss.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Since cyber criminals behind ElectroRAT target mainly cryptocurrency users, victims could lose access to their cryptocurrency wallets or other crypto-related accounts, however, accounts of other types could be targeted as well.

In any case, victims of ElectroRAT attack should remove this malware immediately, change their passwords, and move their cryptocurrency to another wallet.

More RAT examples are Eleanor and Proton.

How did malware install on my computer?

As mentioned, ElectroRAT is distributed via trojanized Jamm, eTrader and DaoPoker applications that were/are promoted on various cryptocurrency and blockchain-related forums, Twitter and Telegram. Note that the apps are designed to run on Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems.

Some examples of other ways used by cyber criminals to distribute malware are malspam campaigns (emails with malicious attachments or links within them), unofficial software activation ('cracking') tools, specific Trojans, and unofficial software updating tools.

How to avoid installation of malware

To avoid infecting the system with malware spread through spam mail, you are strongly advised not to open suspicious or irrelevant emails, especially those with any attachments or links present in them. Use official and verified download channels.

Additionally, all programs must be activated and updated with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers, since illegal activation tools ("cracks") and third party updaters commonly proliferate malicious software.

To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is paramount to have reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware software installed and kept updated. Furthermore, use these programs to run regular system scans and to remove detected/potential threats.

Do not trust irrelevant emails that contain attachments or website links, especially if received from unknown, suspicious addresses.

Fake update tools infect systems by installing malicious programs rather than updates/fixes for installed software, or by exploiting bugs/flaws of outdated software that is installed on the computer.

Further encryption of any unaffected files can be prevented by uninstalling the ransomware, however, already compromised files remain encrypted even after removal of the rogue software and can only be recovered from a backup.

If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Installer for the trojanized eTrader app:

electrorat malware etrader installer

GUI of the trojanized eTrader:

electrorat malware trojanized etrader app

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove electrorat remote access trojan related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

ElectroRAT Remote Access Trojan removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove electrorat remote access trojan related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove electrorat remote access trojan related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove electrorat remote access trojan related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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