SkinnyBoy virus removal guide
What is SkinnyBoy?
It is known that SkinnyBoy was used in targeted attacks (in spear phishing campaigns targeting military and government institutions). At the current moment this malware is delivered using emails that contain malicious Microsoft Word document. SkinnyBoy is designed to collect information about the victims and distribute other malicious software. Although, it is unknown what type of malware SkinnyBoy is used to install. It could be ransomware, a remote access trojan, cryptocurrency miner, or some another malicious software.
As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, SkinnyBoy collects certain information. It is known that it gathers file names of files (or folders) stored on a Desktop and in the Program Files folder. Also, it gathers file names of files or folders in the following AppData folders: Administrative Tools, Roaming, Templates, and Temp. SkinnyBoy sends extracted information to the C2 (Command and Control) server. Furthermore, it extracts a DLL file that retrieves a file designed to download the main payload (malware). It is likely that SkinnyBoy's payload is ransomware, a remote access trojan, cryptocurrency miner, or another malicious software. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files (makes them inaccessible, unusable). Victims cannot use their files unless they are decrypted with the right software (or key) purchased from the attackers. Threat actors monetize ransomware by getting paid for tools that can restore access to encrypted files.
Remote access trojans (RATs) provide the attackers with full remote control over infected computers. In most cases, RATs are used to steal sensitive information such as credit card details (e.g., cardholder name, CVV code, expiry date) login credentials (e.g., usernames, email addresses, passwords), social security numbers, and other information that could be used to make unauthorized purchases, transactions, steal identities, hijack online accounts, etc. It is also popular to use RATs to distribute malicious programs (install additional malware on computers). Cryptocurrency miners use hardware such as processors (CPUs), graphics cards (GPUs), and other hardware. They use it to solve mathematical problems/cryptographic equations. Cybercriminals try to trick users into installing crypto miners so they could use hardware installed on their computers to mine cryptocurrency instead of using their own hardware.
|Threat Type||Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.36866116), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Agent.ADBC), MaxSecure (Trojan.Malware.300983.susgen), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/AceLog.B!dha), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Payload||SkinnyBoy's payload is currently unknown|
|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)||
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In conclusion, threat actors use SkinnyBoy as a tool to extract information and infect computers with additional malware. A couple of examples of other malicious programs that are capable of installing other programs of this kind are Purple Fox, Project Plague, and Adrozek. It is common that malicious programs like SkinnyBoy are designed to look like legitimate programs, and users do not know that they have them installed on their computers for days, weeks, or even longer.
How did SkinnyBoy infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware?
It is strongly recommended not to open files or links in emails that are not relevant, and the sender is unknown, suspicious. It is common for emails of this kind to be used by cybercriminals as tools to deliver malware - they contain malicious files and links. It is important to remember that emails used to deliver malware are disguised as official, important letters. Also, it is advisable to download files and programs from official pages and via direct links. It is not safe to download them from unofficial pages, via Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, third-party downloaders, etc. One more important thing is not to update or active software with third-party, unofficial tools. It is common those tools are bundled with malware (used to distribute malicious software). Also, it is illegal to activate licensed software with 'cracking' tools. Installed software has to be activated, updated with tools, functions that the official software developers provide. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
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- What is SkinnyBoy?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of SkinnyBoy 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.