Security researchers at Dr.Web have reported a new Trojan, dubbed BackDoor.TeamViewer.49. According to the security firm, the threat is designed to install TeamViewer on targeted systems. Why is BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 doing that? To transmit web traffic to specific servers through using the host as a proxy server. The Trojan was discovered and analyzed just recently, and its distribution process is quite complex and multi-stage.
|Short Description||The Trojan is used to relay Web traffic and hide the cyber criminals’ real IP address.|
|Symptoms||The victim installs a malicious Flash update package.|
|Distribution Method||Via a Trojan dropper and a malicious Flash update package.|
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Technical Specifications of BackDoor.TeamViewer.49
Dr.Web reports that the Trojan is spread with the help of a Trojan dropper – Trojan.MulDrop6.39120. Softpedia says that the Trojan’s initial infection takes place via a corrupted Adobe Flash update package. In fact, Trojan.MulDrop6.39120 is spread online bundled with the Flash package. Once the potential victim installs the Flash update, the Trojan dropper is installed along with the TeamViewer app.
Contrary to what you may think TeamViewer is dropped for – taking over the compromised computer, obtaining sensitive information – it’s used for something else.
Cyber criminals replace TeamViewer’s avicap32.dll with a malicious version containing BackDoor.TeamViewer.49.
The Trojan’s main payload is incorporated into the avicap32.dll library. Trojan.MulDrop6.39120 runs TeamViewer that automatically loads the library to the computer’s memory. All lines, imports, and functions of TeamViewer’s process are actively implemented by this malicious library. The most critical parts of the Trojan’s code are encrypted with base64 and RC4.
Once TeamViewer is set and running, BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 connects to a command & control server using an encrypted channel, and awaits instructions. According to Dr.Web’s research, the analyzed versions mainly operate as a Web proxy, relaying traffic it receives from the command server to the Internet. This is how cyber criminals mask their real IP address.
Dr.Web also reports that the Trojan can execute the following commands received over HTTPS:
- disconnect—terminate the connection;
- idle—maintain the connection;
- updips—update the auth_ip list with the one specified in the command received;
- connect—connect to the specified host server. The command must consist of the following parameters:
- ip—host server’s IP address;
- auth_swith—use authorization. If the value is set to “1”, the Trojan receives the auth_login and auth_pass parameters. If the value is “0”, the Trojan gets the auth_ip parameter. Otherwise, the connection will not be established;
- auth_ip—IP authentication;
How Can Users Protect Their PCs from BackDoor.TeamViewer.49?
As with other Trojans, the most secure way to prevent an infection is via having an active anti-malware protection on the system. If you have been affected, refer to the removal steps below to try and remove the Trojan completely.
- Guide 1: How to Remove BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BackDoor.TeamViewer.49
Step 2: Uninstall BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 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 BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 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 BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 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 BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 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 BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 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 BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 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 BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 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 BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 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 BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 will be removed.
Eliminate BackDoor.TeamViewer.49 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.