A mobile malware with a devastating impact has been spotted out in the wild, extracting login and financial credentials from infected users. The Trojan is detected as Android/Spy.Agent.Sl(Eset) and Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Agent.au(Kaspersky) and Android.SmsBot.539.origin(Dr.Web).
Malware researchers from ESET have reported that it can be controlled remotely instead of being completely automatic, which may make it even more effective. The primary functions of the Trojan are to obtain OS device information, login credentials that are memorized and display various web-pages to the user. The Trojan also connects to remote networks. All users who are using online banking are immediately advised to restart their device and format it after which change all of their online banking passwords.
|Name||Android Banking Trojan|
|Type||Android Banking Trojan|
|Short Description||The trojan steals financial credentials and sends SMS from the compromised device.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness login pages of his bank to pop-up on his phone.|
|Distribution Method||Via fake Flash Player for Android.|
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Android Banking Trojan – How Is It Spread
This Trojan is reported to be redistributed via malicious URLs. Such URLs may be opened by the infected device as a result of having an adware program on it that automatically opens ads on the user’s phone. Sometimes, some users have even reported adverts on apps which have contained malware, such as the Android Banking Trojan. Here is an example of a spam bot in Facebook, linking to Android malware:
After tapping on the link, the user may see a message, stating that the Flash Player of his android device requires an update, after which he downloads the malware which appears to be a “newer” version of Flash Player. However, it has nothing to do with it, and instead it infects the user and connects to the cyber-criminals’ C&C(Command and Control) server.
Android Banking Trojan In Detail
Once activated, the Android Trojan may immediately start collecting the following information from the device:
- Android version.
- Security software is installed.
- Login credentials of apps.
The Banking Trojan even can display the so-called “phishing” pages – web pages that are identical to the login pages of the banking service the user is using which may claim the user has entered his password wrong. If the user types his username and password, the data may be sent to the cyber-criminals’ servers and the page may reload to the original one. So in case you have seen this symptom and you are positive you have entered your details correctly you should immediately check your phone for the Banking Trojan.
The cyber-criminals have even designed the Trojan to control SMS messages, enabling them to bypass two-factor authentication by sending messages from the user’s smartphone without his consent. Furthermore, researchers report that the Trojan has attacked customers who are using online banking services of over 20 major banks.
Remove Android Banking Trojan from Your Phone
In case you believe your phone has been infected with this or other phone malware, we advise you to immediately change all of the passwords of the accounts you are logging in through your phone. After this, we strongly advise you wipe your phone cleanly by following our instructions below.
If you want to be protected in the future, we also recommend rooting your phone. This will enable you to configure its settings so that you stop any advertisements or redirects in the future. As a bottom line, we also recommend following the instructions given right down here.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Android Banking Trojan from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Android Banking Trojan from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Android Banking Trojan from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Android Banking Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Android Banking Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Android Banking Trojan from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Android Banking Trojan from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Android Banking Trojan from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Android Banking Trojan
Step 2: Uninstall Android Banking Trojan and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Android Banking Trojan on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Android Banking Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Android Banking Trojan from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Android Banking Trojan and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Android Banking Trojan via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Android Banking Trojan from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Android Banking Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Android Banking Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Android Banking Trojan from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Android Banking Trojan will be removed.
Eliminate Android Banking Trojan from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.