The new version of the POS malware is not only created exclusively to attack Point-of-Sale systems but also to be sold in the underground markets as well. However, unlike your typical point of sale trojan, the FastPOS, like it’s name suggests focuses on speed. Since it’s coding and focus is primarily oriented towards, that it sacrifices many obfuscating components and this makes it much easier to be detected.
First discovered back in 2015, the virus has only had support for single processor architecture. Now, the case is different; FastPOS has 32 as well as 64-bit processor architecture.
The virus originally consists of two main modules – one for memory scrapping and one for obtaining the keystrokes of the POS machine (keylogger).
Furthermore, researchers at TrendMicro have detected traffic coming through via HTTP stream and the malware to steal credit card details from the POS as well. This is possible primarily because several key issues were disregarded, as the lack of protection of the files themselves.
What makes infections by FastPOS so successful Is the new strategy used during the infection process. The virus takes advantage primarily of a mechanism in Windows, known as Mailslots. These type of files are similar to .tmp (temporary) files, and they are existent solely in the random access memory of Windows PC’s. The modules of the virus are automatically executed once an infection is performed after which they cause an injection to legitimate Windows processes.
What is very interesting about FastPOS is the methods it uses to extract financial information and other credentials from the affected computer. To do this, the FastPOS malware uses scripts that call the malicious modules to immediately send information as soon as an action is performed on a given machine. This makes this tool very dangerous, meaning that as soon as it detects a debit card being inserted, it immediately sends out information to the C&C (Command and Control) server held by the black hat hackers.
Conclusion on FastPOS and It’s Dangers
Similar to other POS malware, like LogPOS, this type of virus also uses these mailslots files to steal information. However, unlike the other viruses this type of malware is focused on immediate response, which requires almost constant communication with it’s C&C servers. This means that with the proper protection software, this malware can be stopped even before having caused any damages.
- Guide 1: How to Remove FastPOS from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FastPOS on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FastPOS in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FastPOS from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FastPOS from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FastPOS from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FastPOS from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable FastPOS Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove FastPOS from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FastPOS
Step 2: Uninstall FastPOS 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 FastPOS 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 FastPOS there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FastPOS from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FastPOS 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 FastPOS 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 FastPOS files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as FastPOS, 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 FastPOS 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 FastPOS 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 FastPOS 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 FastPOS 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 FastPOS will be removed.
Eliminate FastPOS 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 FastPOS 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".