Duqu also known as Duqu 2.0, W32.Duqu and W32.Duqu.B is classified as a collection of malware found in September 2011 by a security team from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. It is a sophisticated threat that has even hit the Kaspersky Lab. Duqu 2.0 is even meaner and more refined than its previous version and has intelligence gathering modules targeted at telecommunication operators around the world. Duqu 2.0 may be called a sophisticated cyber-espionage platform.
Malware researchers classify it as a remote access Trojan (RAT) that executes intelligence gathering attacks in the information security, telecoms and electronics sectors.
A similar threat with a numerous module platforrm is Regin Malware.
Duqu 2.0 General Description
Even though worms and Trojan horses are different types of malicious software, both of them can install a backdoor on a computer. Once installed, an RAT such as Duqu provides cybercriminals with indefinite access to the infected endpoints. Duqu is designed to harvest sensitive data and transfer it to its creators via C&C (Command & Control) servers. Attackers may aim at obtaining confidential information about the targeted company and its products and services. Previous targets of the Duqu malware include several telecom operators and electronic equipment manufacturers based in Europe, North Africa, and South East Asia. Other countries that have been targeted by Duqu’s creators are the USA, UK, India, and Hong Kong.
The term Duqu, according to Wikipedia, may be about:
- Duqu malware – a variety of software components that provide malicious services to cybercriminals such as information stealing capabilities, kernel drivers, and injection tools.
- Duqu flaw – a flaw in Microsoft Windows that is applied in malicious files to execute malware components of Duqu. Presently, one flaw is unveiled, a TTF related problem in win32k.sys.
- Operation Duqu – the process of using Duqu for unknown and potentially harmful goals. The process is considered related to Operation Stuxnet.
Duqu 2.0 Distribution Technique
Being a computer worm, Duqu does not contain any code, so it doesn’t have to drop its malicious files onto the system. However, it can still sneak into the PC and stay on the disk. It may have entered the system through spam emails and illegal software versions. Duqu is quite harmful towards companies due to its capabilities to exploit security vulnerabilities. Enterprise computers should have a powerful anti-malware solution that guards their systems against information stealers.
Duqu 2.0 Removal Options
A trustworthy anti-malware program will detect and delete Duqu 2.0. Since worms such as Duqu endure in the system indefinitely and do not attach to existing programs, manual removal is not regarded an option.
Keep in mind that once a system has been infected by Duqu 2.0, it can be re-infected even after the system is rebooted. Luckily, to avoid future attacks by Duqu, anti-malware giants Symantec and Kaspersky have added immediate detection with the hope to freeze a new Duqu activity.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Duqu 2.0 from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Duqu 2.0 from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Duqu 2.0 from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Duqu 2.0 from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Duqu 2.0 from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Duqu 2.0 from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Duqu 2.0 from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Duqu 2.0 from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Duqu 2.0
Step 2: Uninstall Duqu 2.0 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 Duqu 2.0 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 Duqu 2.0 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Duqu 2.0 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Duqu 2.0 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 Duqu 2.0 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 Duqu 2.0 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 Duqu 2.0 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 Duqu 2.0 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 Duqu 2.0 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 Duqu 2.0 will be removed.
Eliminate Duqu 2.0 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.