One of the first ever mobile doxware viruses embedded in an app installing ransomware, calling itself Charger has been detected by malware researchers. The application was directly available in Google Play Store for Android devices under the name EnergyRescue. Upon being activated, similar to most apps, it obtains permissions over messages and other administrative privileges.
If installed, this app is able to lock the Android device completely. When the device has been locked, the Charger ransomware app wants the victim to pay around 200$ or 0.2 BitCoin as a ransom payoff.
A brief transcript of the note, even suggest it to be a completely new invention – the first mobile doxware app. This is due to cyber-criminals threatening to leak the information from the device, like photos messages and other stolen information to the black market. The lockscreen note is the following:
“You need to pay for us, otherwise we will sell portion of your personal information on black market every 30 minutes.”
What Does Charger Doxware Do?
In addition to being a doxware application, this program also perform the traditional for such malware activities, such as detecting the location of the device and not activating it in case it is from a specific country.
Another activity of Charger doxware is to become a harder reverse engineering malware, encoding strings in to binaries. In addition to this, EasySecurityPlanet reports that the Charger mobile doxware threat will load a code which cannot be penetrated for analysis. This code is loaded along with multiple commands and it is different to distinguish which ones work and which do not. This makes researching the threat significantly more difficult. The malware alos performs a check up whether or not it is ran on a virtual drive, like Nox App Player for example.
Luckily the application was detected by malware researchers and eventually removed short after. However, Google Play Store has millions of applications out there and if Cyber-Criminals can create this application which can run successfully on almost a quarter of the Android devices out there, it is important to be extremely careful. But according to experts the Android devices themselves who may be affected will likely be ones who are not regularly supported. This is why advices are to buy a device which has a longer support period, since it will be regularly patched and updated.
Follow the below instructions for additional help.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Doxware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Doxware on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Doxware in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Doxware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Doxware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Doxware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Doxware from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Doxware Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Doxware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Doxware
Step 2: Uninstall Doxware 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 Doxware 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 Doxware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Doxware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Doxware 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 Doxware 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 Doxware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Doxware, 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 Doxware 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 Doxware 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 Doxware 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 Doxware 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 Doxware will be removed.
Eliminate Doxware 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 Doxware 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".