A remote access Trojan family dubbed Aveo, that targets primarily Japanese speaking users has been reported by malware researchers to cause infections on a massive scale. This type of Trojans is particularly dangerous since it can gain complete remote control of the computers it infects and steal information from them, spy on the user, steal files, install other malware and even crash the operating system of the computer. To learn how to be able to remove Aveo remote access Trojan and protect yourself and your data from it, we advise you to read this article thoroughly.
|Short Description||The Aveo trojan family drops multiple files and gains Read and Write permissions over Windows computers and sends information to a remote C&C server.|
|Distribution Method||Via a malicious file disguised as a Microsoft Excel document.|
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How is Aveo Trojan Spread?
To be widespread, Aveo uses a payload carrying .exe file that has the Microsoft Excel icon and resembles a legitimate document. This file may be sent out to users via e-mail networks as well as on social media messages and even uploaded on file-sharing networks. Cyber-criminals may even pay for spam-bots that may redistribute it’s drive by download via malicious web links spammed as a referral spam on various websites to reach more and more potential victims.
Aveo Trojan – Technical Information
Palo Alto researchers have established that as soon as it has been executed, the Aveo trojan drops several different files on the victim computer in the %Program Files% folder:
- Ram.exe – the malware itself.
- Cave workshop participants.xls – a decoy file that is opened with Excel to not raise any suspicion of infection.
- Mshelp32.exe – a script.
- Stting32.ini – used by the cleanup script.
The Aveo Trojan is also reported to connect remotely to a domain to which it communicates:
The domain is reported by researchers to have associations with an e-mail address, named firstname.lastname@example.org. This e-mail address or the domain itself may be associated with the following IP addresses:
The addresses themselves are believed to be hosted in the US, and there were more domains that were associated with this contact information:
After infection, the Aveo malware will also send this information to it’s server:
- Unique hash identifier.
- IP Address.
- OS version.
- Ansi identification code.
The Aveo ransomware may also modify the Windows Registry Editor, more specifically insert values in the following key:
In addition to this, the virus also can:
- Insert commands in the Windows shell.
- Get file information.
- Read and Write permissions.
- Drive information.
- Execute DIR commands for certain paths.
Aveo RAT – Conclusion, Removal, and Protection
As a bottom line, this Trojan family has been created by someone who knew what they were doing, and the purpose of why they were created is not clear yet. One scenario may be massive online information theft campaign, which may be done either for profit or political agendas. Whatever the case may be, Aveo RAT has no place on your computer, and it’s removal is strongly advisable. For maximum effectiveness and permanent removal of the Aveo RAT, we advise you to follow carefully the step-by-step instructions, outlined in this article. They are carefully designed so that they help you remove Aveo properly and stay protected in the future as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Aveo from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Aveo from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Aveo from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Aveo from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Aveo from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Aveo from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Aveo from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Aveo from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Aveo
Step 2: Uninstall Aveo 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 Aveo 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 Aveo there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Aveo from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Aveo 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 Aveo 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 Aveo 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 Aveo 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 Aveo 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 Aveo 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 Aveo will be removed.
Eliminate Aveo 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.