Removal instructions for programs belonging to the Eternity malware family

Also Known As: Eternity virus
Type: Trojan
Damage level: Severe

What is Eternity malware?

Discovered by Cyble Research Labs, Eternity is the name of a malware family. Actively sold on the Web, Eternity's developers use the Telegram IM (Instant Messaging) service to sell their malicious wares, as well as provide support and customization to buyers. Telegram can also be employed by the attackers using Eternity programs as their C&C (Command and Control) server and proliferation tool.

Currently, this malware family consists of a stealer, worm, miner, clipper, ransomware, and DDoS bot.

Eternity malware detections on VirusTotal

Eternity malware overview

At the time of research, Eternity developers are active in updating and supporting their software. Therefore, in addition to these programs being customizable, the infections can vary from victim to victim. For example, cyber criminals purchasing the malicious program can opt to include AntiVM capabilities in their build - which enable the malware to detect whether it is being launched in a virtual environment.

It is noteworthy that the Eternity malicious programs have a tendency to be lightweight (small size), which puts less strain on systems and ensures that detection due to severely impacted system performance would be an unlikely scenario.

As mentioned in the introduction, multiple malicious programs comprise the Eternity malware family. Stealers are a type of software designed to extract and exfiltrate data from the infected machine and installed applications. Eternity stealer can obtain the following information from systems - Credential Manager, Vault, and Network passwords.

This program also targets various applications: browsers, password managers, email clients, messengers, offline cryptowallets (cold wallets), cryptocurrency browser extensions, VPNs, FTPs, and gaming-related apps (full list). From browsers, it can extract - Internet cookies, access tokens, browsing histories, bookmarks, autofill data, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.

Malicious software classified as a worm operates by spreading itself through infected devices via files, networks, and removable storage devices. Eternity worm also functions as a dropper - i.e., infects content with a malicious payload. This worm can spread through local files (extensions list), shares made within the local network, Cloud drives, USB flash drives, complied Python projects, and messenger spam to victims' channels and contacts.

Cryptocurrency miners are programs that abuse system resources to generate cryptocurrency. According to the promotional material of Eternity miner, it is lightweight, does not overstrain the infected system, can be invisible on Windows Task Manager, and automatically restart if its process is terminated. Eternity's miner is designed to generate Monero cryptocurrency, but is it possible that it will mine others in the future.

Clippers replace the data copied into the system's clipboard (copy-paste buffer). Eternity clipper detects when the victim copies a Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, or Zcash cryptocurrency wallet address into the clipboard and replaces it with one owned by the attackers. Hence, when a victim makes an outgoing transaction - the cryptocurrency is transferred to the cyber criminals rather than the intended recipient. Much like Eternity's miner, this clipper is lightweight, and it can be hidden on Task Manager.

Ransomware is a type of malware that generates profit through ransoms obtained by encrypting victims' files and/or locking their devices' screens. Eternity ransomware is customizable and light; more information on it can be found in our article on it.

DDoS bots are malicious programs capable of launching Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks (DDoS attacks) - wherein a machine, network, website, or service responses are affected or overloaded to the point of crashing - thereby rendering them unavailable to genuine users. At the time of writing, Eternity DDoS bot is still in development.

To summarize, these infections can lead to permanent data loss, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft. If you suspect that your system is already infected with Eternity malware, we strongly advise using an anti-virus to remove it without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Eternity virus
Threat Type Malware, Trojan, Stealer, Worm, Clipper, Cryptocurrency Miner, Ransomware, DDoS Bot.
Detection Names (Stealer) Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Razy.979644), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Packed.VMProtect.ACR), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-PSW.MSIL.Growtopia.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Skeeyah.A!rfn), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Clipper) Avast (Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.GenericKD.48969991), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/ClipBanker.AAJ), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Banker.MSIL.ClipBanker.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:MSIL/ClipBanker.DI!MTB), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Ransomware) Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Bulz.171562), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Filecoder.ADX), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Ransom.MSIL.Crypmod.gen), Microsoft (Ransom:MSIL/CryptoLocker.DF!MTB), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Worm) Avast (Win32:DropperX-gen [Drp]), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Lazy.165364), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/TrojanDropper.Agent.F), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.MSIL.Miner.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:MSIL/AgentTesla.DA!MTB), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Distribution methods Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software 'cracks'.
Damage Stolen passwords and banking information, identity theft, permanent data loss, the victim's computer added to a botnet.
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Similar malware examples

We have analyzed thousands of malware samples; BurmillaStealerium, and 000 Stealer are just a few examples of stealers, Phorpiex (Trik)ForbixStalk - worms, SapphireKratos Silent MinerMuse - cryptominers, AllcomeExtended ClipperFrost Clipper - clippers, KekpopLockDataErrz - ransomware, and NetDookaLittle ThiefSpectre - programs capable of deploying DDoS attacks.

It must be emphasized that regardless of how malware operates, its presence on a system endangers device integrity and user safety. Therefore, it is crucial to eliminate all threats immediately upon detection.

How did Eternity infiltrate my computer?

Since Eternity malware is offered for sale both on its Tor network website and Telegram - exactly how it is distributed depends on the cyber criminals using it at the time.

Eternity worm is capable of self-spreading via local networks, local files, USB flash drives, compiled Python projects, Cloud storage drives, as well as Telegram and Discord spam. This worm can also drop malicious payloads.

Eternity stealer targets emails, messenger clients, and other social accounts - which can also be used to proliferate the malware further.

In general, the most common malware proliferation methods include: drive-by (stealthy and deceptive) downloads, malicious attachments and links in spam emails/messages, dubious download sources (e.g., freeware and third-party websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.), illegal program activation tools ("cracks"), fake updates, and online scams.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We strongly advise exercising caution with incoming mail. The attachments and links present in suspect/irrelevant emails and messages - must not be opened, as that can result in a system infection.

Additionally, all downloads must be performed from official and verified channels. Another recommendation is to always activate and update software with tools provided by legitimate developers, since illegal activation tools ("cracks") and fake updates can contain malware.

We must emphasize the importance of having a dependable anti-virus installed and updated. Security programs must be used to perform regular system scans and to remove detected threats and issues. 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.

Screenshot of file encrypted by Eternity ransomware (no additional extension):

Eternity ransomware encrypted files

Appearance of the ransom note created by Eternity ransomware (GIF):

Eternity ransomware ransom note appearance (GIF)

Text presented in this message:

Eternity 2.0

All your files belong to us!
- files have been encrypted

The harddisks of your computer have been encrypted with an Military grade encryption algorithm.

1. Send us your ID and sendme.eternityraas at getyourfilesback_s@protonmail.com or at telegram @RecoverdataU
2. You will recieve a personal Monero for payment, payment rate is 800$
3. Once payment has been completed, send another email to us stating by `PAID`we will check to see if payment has been paid.
4. You will receive a text file with your KEY
*Do not interrupt the decryption process it only depend on the amount of file to decrypt.
*Do not attempt to decrypt your files with any software as it is obselete and will not work, and may cost you more to unlock your files.
*Do not change file names, mess with the files, or run decryption software as it will cost you more to unlock your files and there is a high chance you will lose your files forever.
*Do not send `PAID` to us without paying, price will rise for disobedience.The payment rate will increase by 500$ so be carefull

by Eternity group

Price: 800$ in Monero
Email: getyourfilesback_s@protonmail.com
Telegram: @RecoverdataU
Info: monero.org

ID: -
by Eternity group

Enter password
[Please decrypt them!]

Screenshot of the Tor website used to promote Eternity malware:

Eternity malware promoted on Tor website

List of applications targeted by Eternity stealer;

  • Browsers (selected, +20 more): Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Chromium, Opera, Internet Explorer, Vivaldi, etc.
  • Password managers (selected, +10 more): 1Password, BitWarden, KeePass, LastPass, NordPass, RoboForm, etc.
  • Email clients: FoxMail, Thunderbird, Outlook, MailBird, PostBox.
  • Messenger clients: Telegram, Discord, Pidgin, WhatsApp, Signal, RamBox.
  • Offline cryptocurrency wallets (cold wallets): Atomic, Binance, BitcoinCore, Coinomi, DashCore, DogeCore, Electrum, Exodus, Guarda, Jaxx, LiteCore, MoneroCore, Wasabi, Zcash.
  • Browser cryptocurrency extensions (selected, +30 more): BinanceChain, Coinbase Wallet, MetaMask.
  • VPN (Virtual Private Network) clients: AzireVPN, EarthVPN, NordVPN, OpenVPN, ProtonVPN, WindscribeVPN.
  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol) clients: FileZilla, CoreFTP, CyberDuck, Snowflake, WinSCP.
  • Gaming-related software: OBS (broadcasting keys), Steam (sessions), Twitch (sessions).

Features used by Eternity worm to self-proliferate:

  • Local Files - .EXE, .ZIP, .BAT, .JAR, .PY, .DOCX, .XLSX, .PPTX, .PDF, .PNG, .MP3, .MP4;
  • Local network shares;
  • USB flash drives;
  • Cloud drives - GoogleDrive, DropBox, OneDrive;
  • Compiled Python projects;
  • Messenger spam - Telegram, Discord.

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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:

Malware process running in the Task Manager

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:

Autoruns application appearance

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.

Run Windows 7 or Windows XP in 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.

Run Windows 8 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.

Run Windows 10 in 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 archive and run Autoruns.exe application

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.

Refresh Autoruns application results

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".

Delete malware in Autoruns

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.

Search for malware and delete 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

My computer is infected with Eternity malware, should I format my storage device to get rid of it?

No, such drastic measures are unnecessary for Eternity malware removal.

What are the biggest issues that Eternity malware can cause?

Eternity is the name of a malware family, which comprises malicious programs with different functionalities. The abilities of a malignant program and the cyber criminals' aims dictate the threats the infection poses. In summary, the entirety of Eternity malicious programs can cause decreased system performance, permanent data loss, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

What is the purpose of Eternity malware?

Typically, malware is employed as a tool to generate revenue. However, these programs can also be used to amuse the cyber criminals, disrupt processes (e.g., websites, services, companies, etc.), carry out personal vendettas, or even launch a politically/geopolitically motivated attack.

How did Eternity malware infiltrate my computer?

Malware is primarily spread through drive-by downloads, spam emails and messages, unofficial and freeware sites, P2P sharing networks, online scams, illegal program activation ("cracking") tools, and fake updates. Eternity worm specifically (which can inject additional malicious programs) is capable of self proliferating via local files, local networks, removable storage devices (USB flash drives), Cloud drives, compiled Python projects, and messenger clients.

Will Combo Cleaner protect me from malware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can detect and eliminate nearly all known malware infections. It has to be stressed that running a full system scan is paramount - since sophisticated malicious software usually hides deep within systems.

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