An unauthorized backdoor access to your system can compromise it in many ways, downloading malicious software onto it being the worst one. Be alert, because a new backdoor identified as Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A has been reported by security experts at Microsoft.
|Short Description||Once installed, the backdoor can perform a range of malicious activities, including downloading malware and including your PC in a botnet.|
|Symptoms||Files such as %TEMP%\puwuladrur.bat are created on the system.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks, Bundled Downloads.|
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The threat level of Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A is defined as severe, which means that the likeliness of becoming infected with malware is quite high. Having in mind the high infection rates of ransomware such as Locky and Cerber, the payload of any backdoor operation can definitely lead to the encryption of your data.
Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A Distribution Methods
Even though the exact distribution method of this backdoor hasn’t been outlined yet, backdoors are usually spread via the same paths. The most likely ways that may have infected your system include:
- Spam email messages containing malicious attachments;
- Spam email messages containing malicious links;
- Via instant messengers;
- Being redirected to malicious pages deployed for drive-by downloads;
- Bundled downloads of freeware and torrents (p2p networks).
Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A Technical Overview
Microsoft security researchers report that once Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A is installed, it can create various files on your computer, one of them being:
The backdoor also uses code injection to make its detection and removal more difficult. The threat can inject code into running processes, too.
As already mentioned in the beginning, the payload of the whole operation is permitting unauthorized access to the system. Once such access is obtained, any or all of the following malicious activities can take place:
- Deleting and creating files;
- Downloading and running files (malware);
- Uploading files;
- Logging keystrokes and stealing sensitive information;
- Modifying system settings;
- Running or stopping applications;
- Spreading malware to other computers (becoming part of a botnet);
Note. According to Virustotal, Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A has other aliases:
→Atros3.AIAX [AVG]; Gen:Variant.Zusy.189561 [BitDefender]; UnclassifiedMalware [Comodo]; a variant of MSIL/Injector.OZF [ESET-NOD32]; Gen:Variant.Zusy.189561 (B) [Emsisoft]; F-Secure [Gen:Variant.Zusy.189561]; Trojan.Win32.IRCbot.aanp [Kaspersky];
Trojan.IRCBot.MSIL [Malwarebytes]; Trojan-FIHN!F76F76B0B477 [McAfee];
Trojan.Gen [Symantec], etc.
Trojan.IRCBot has already been analyzed by Enigma Software security researchers. It is indeed a backdoor Trojan that connects to an IRC server to receive commands. The backdoor can propagate via network shares, spam-emails and bundled downloads.
How Can I Remove Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A from My System?
Backdoor Trojans can be very stealthy and damaging to your system. That is why the most secure way to remove such threats is by installing and running a trustworthy anti-malware program. If your knowledge of Windows is above average, you can follow the manual removal steps. No matter what you choose to do, keep in mind that automatic anti-malware protection is highly recommend. The threat landscape is more dangerous than ever.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A
Step 2: Uninstall Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A 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:Win32/Kirts.A 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:Win32/Kirts.A there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A 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:Win32/Kirts.A 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 Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A 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:Win32/Kirts.A 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:Win32/Kirts.A 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:Win32/Kirts.A 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:Win32/Kirts.A will be removed.
Eliminate Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Backdoor:Win32/Kirts.A from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".