Infections by a trojan, called Marcher, that hijacks applications via privilege escalation techniques has been reported to cause an immense amount of data collection and in the same time remaining undetected by security software.
The trojan has been reported by Softpedia researchers to be causing the infection via sending out phishing SMS messages as a part of the attack. These messages have an embedded web link that leads to a fraudulent version of an application that is popular, similar like an SMS advertisement. Once the user taps on this web link, the infection gains certain privileges. This happens by the app connecting you to a fraudulent Google Play Store site whose content is not safe. From there a fake app is downloaded which gains permissions by requesting them from the user.
Besides the admin privileges, the Marcher virus also obtains read and write permissions and can even tap onto the user’s call. The virus keeps notifying the user until he or she accepts the permissions and they are an unusual amount.
After the infection, the Marcher virus has been coded to perform an authentication via SMS forwarding, which most banks send out on the phones via the apps. It also has mechanisms that allow it to make a customized fake Window when a banking application has been run on a given Android device. The phishing Window is rather the same as most of the applications for banking out there, some of which are:
- Bank Austria
- DiBA Banking
- DKB Banking
- Lloyds Bank
- Bank of Scotland
- Banco de Brasil
- ING Direct Australia Banking
There are also applications targeted that support online payment, like the Play Store, Facebook and other social media apps.
How Do I Protect Myself?
Since this virus uses a very dangerous evasive and obfuscation techniques that can bypass most Android protection phones, we advise you to avoid using such applications in the future and mostly use PC’s with a more secure OS (Linux, for example) to perform your online transactions. You can also get a separate phone that has a SIM card only for mobile internet and use it only for transactions. You can also secure the phone additionally by adding different applications, like BetterGuard mobile security app, for example.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Marcher from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Marcher on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Marcher in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Marcher from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Marcher from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Marcher from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Marcher from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Marcher Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Marcher from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Marcher
Step 2: Uninstall Marcher 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 Marcher 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 Marcher there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Marcher from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Marcher 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 Marcher 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 Marcher files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Marcher, 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 Marcher 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 Marcher 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 Marcher 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 Marcher 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 Marcher will be removed.
Eliminate Marcher 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 Marcher 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".