|Type||Remote Access Trojan|
|Short Description||Aims to infect the computer and remain silently on the victim’s computer in order to allow hackers to control it from distance.|
|Symptoms||The CrossRAT Trojan is generally designed to remain silent, but new files may be created on your PC plus infected computers may act strangely.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious web links, infected e-mail attachments as well as fake setup files and programs.|
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CrossRAT Trojan – How Does It Infect
The CrossRAT Trojan may enter your computer via many different methods, the main suspect of which is via a malicious web redirect to a page which automatically downloads and runs the .jar files which causes the infection. One sample of the malicious file, infecting with the CrossRAT Trojan has been reported to have the following technical parameters according to VirusTotal:
→ SHA-256 15af5bbf3c8d5e5db41fd7c3d722e8b247b40f2da747d5c334f7fd80b715a649
The bad news here is that no system is secure, even Linux OS. This suggests that very experienced malware writers may be behind this remote access Trojan.
The main method by which you may have come into contact with the CrossRAT trojan is if you have visited a web page, which causes an automatic browser redirect to a web page which can infect you simply by you having to visit it.
Another way by which you may become a victim of this Trojan horse is if you have opened a file, which you believe is legitimate and it contains the CrossRAT infection script which causes the infection by you opening the file. Such files are often fake setups of programs, fake key generators, game cracks and other software you may have downloaded via Torrent websites.
The last but not least important method by which this Trojan may have infected your computer is if you have opened an e-mail attachment, like an infected Microsoft Office document, believing it is a legitimate invoice, receipt for purchase online or other form of seemingly legitimate file. Such e-mails often pretend to come from companies from the likes of eBay, PayPal, DHL and other reputable names.
CrossRAT Trojan – Analysis
Remote access Trojans are not a new concept. However, when we see a RAT which is compatible with the three most widely used operating systems in the world – Windows, MacOS and Linux, it is definitely a cause for alarm. Furthermore, the EFF have established that the Trojan has been created and supported by the Dark Caracal hacker group, which may be based on Lebanon in order to spy on government employees and journalists in more than 20 countries all over the globe.
The CrossRAT Trojan has many capabilities, the primary of which are:
- To evade conventional anti-virus software protection.
- To manipulate the files on the computers it infects.
- To run DDL files which may contain other viruses, like miner malware or ransomware.
According to a technical report by ex-NSA hacker Partrick Wardle, the activity of the malware once it infects your computer is very sophisticated and experienced developers are behind it. Once this Trojan finds itself in a computer system, it perform the following steps:
1-Scans the infected computer in order to establish the OS it’s running, the security software installed on it.
2-Uses the information from scanning the infected PC in order to infect it with the tools which are most likely to be undetectable.
3-Assumes administrative access to gain full control of the infected machine.
The CrossRAT Trojan can be identified on different computers based on different modifications it performs on different OS’s. Here are it’s main symptoms that give it away:
It is advisable to immediately take action in case you see any hints of having CrossRAT on your computer and if you see any of the detections we have described in the “Detect and Remove” section below to perform the following activities as described methodically:
1. Stop your Internet Access.
2. Change all of your passwords on your online accounts from a secure PC.
3. Move all of your important files on a flash drive from your PC or use other method to transfer them.
4. After having done those, follow the instructions from the “Detect and Remove” paragraph below.
CrossRAT Trojan – How to Detect and Remove
CrossRAT Trojan is detected by most antivirus engines under the following names:
In order to remove this virus, you should follow the manual or automatic removal instructions down below. They are specifically designed in order to help you to delete this virus methodologically. Be advised that if you feel unsure to delete the CrossRAT Trojan manually, experts strongly advise to do so automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware tool as it is likely the best option to fully erase this malware and secure your computer at a click of a button.
- Guide 1: How to Remove CrossRAT from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of CrossRAT from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove CrossRAT from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase CrossRAT from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall CrossRAT from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove CrossRAT from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate CrossRAT from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove CrossRAT from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CrossRAT
Step 2: Uninstall CrossRAT 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 CrossRAT 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 CrossRAT there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of CrossRAT from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall CrossRAT 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 CrossRAT 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 CrossRAT files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as CrossRAT, 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 CrossRAT 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 CrossRAT 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 CrossRAT 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 CrossRAT 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 CrossRAT will be removed.
Eliminate CrossRAT 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.