The Beendoor Trojan is a dangerous hacking tool which is well-known by the criminals in the underground communities at least since 2016. It is believed that it is made by a criminal collective based in Pakistan. Ever since it has been used in several targeted attack campaigns. It became famous when it was used in a phishing campaign against Indian government facilities, including military facilities. The attacks are carefully planned as they target such servers.
So far one of the main methods of distribution is the spread of infected documents across all popular formats — text files, spreadsheets, databases and etc. When the users interact with the shown links, pop-ups and other content will redirect to a malicious page or directly launch the virus infection.
The criminals will take advantage of the CVE-2012-0158 exploit — ListView, ListView2, TreeView and TreeView2 controls in MSCOMCTL.OCX in the Common Controls in Microsoft Office 2003 SP3, 2007 SP2 and SP3, and 2010 Gold and SP1; Office 2003 Web Components SP3; SQL Server 2000 SP4, 2005 SP4, and 2008 SP2, SP3, and R2; BizTalk Server 2002 SP1; Commerce Server 2002 SP4, 2007 SP2, and 2009 Gold and R2; Visual FoxPro 8.0 SP1 and 9.0 SP2; and Visual Basic 6.0 Runtime allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted (a) web site, (b) Office document, or (c) .rtf file that triggers “system state” corruption, as exploited in the wild in April 2012, aka “MSCOMCTL.OCX RCE Vulnerability.
The CVE-2012-0158 exploit by nature allows the hackers to run dangerous code directly, create other files on the local machines and load various web content. The most common mechanism employed by the criminals is to redirect the victims to a certain hacker-controlled page which will download a malware to the affected hosts automatically.
As soon as the Beendoor Trojan is installed on the target machine it will allow the criminals to institute various actions against the victims. Some of them include the following:
- Scheduled Task Creation — The Beendoor Trojan can take the form of a XMPP library and inject itself in a service which will automatically start itself as soon as the computer is booted. Some of the services under which the Trojan uses as a mask include the following: ‘wmplayer.exe,’ ‘wmplayer.exe, ‘svchost.exe,’ ‘word.exe,’ and ‘winupdate.exe’.
- Files Retrieval — The Trojan can be configured to automatically harvest certain files or allow the operators to retrieve of their own choice.
- Surveillance — The Trojan allows the hacker to take over control of the computers. This will allow the criminals to spy on the users at any given time and meddle with their systems.
One of the most dangerous aspects of the made Beendoor Trojan infections is the fact that it is very small in size taking just 40 KB. Over the time several modifications to the base engine have been made and not all security solutions can detect its signatures. We anticipate that future versions might also include a security bypass function which will scan for the presence of applications that can block the malware installation: anti-virus programs, firewalls, virtual machine hosts and sandbox environments. Other malicious behavior can be set in future releases. Some of the known signatures so far include the following:
Spyware ( 004e1d811 )
|Type||Malware, Scam Hacking Program|
|Short Description||It is installed silently by other payload droppers.|
|Symptoms||The victims may notice performance issues and can get infected with other malware.|
|Distribution Method||Mainly via download sites and file sharing networks.|
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Beendoor – How Did I Get It
The Beendoor Trojan can be spread using a variety of different tactics. There are many variants of it which are spread using various collectives. There may be many versions using the Beendoor name and alternatives as well. This allows the criminal collectives to launch a multitude of attacks bearing different versions of the malware.
One of the main techniques is the coordination of phishing email messages which coerce the victims to interact with the included content. They are designed to appear as legitimate notifications sent from well-known services and companies. The Beendoor Trojan files can be either attached or inserted as text links.
Hacker-made sites that pose as legitimate download portals, search engines and software product pages will scam the users into downloading and running the application. They are generally hosted on domains that sound similar to popular sources and may include self-signed security certificates.
To increase the number of infected victims the criminals can also place the Beendoor Trojan in payload carriers such as macro-infected documents and malware application bundles. They are widely downloaded from the Internet by end users and may be found on file-sharing sites as well like BitTorrent.
Such infections can also be spread via browser hijackers which are dangerous web browser extensions that are usually uploaded to the repositories of the most popular browsers.
Beendoor – What Does It Do
The Beendoor Trojan upon execution will start its infection process as soon as the infection occurs. Its main goal is to start a secure and persistent connection to a hacker-controlled server. It allows the criminals to take over control of the affected computers, steal their data and deploy other threats.
Such malware can execute many different tactics depending on the exact attack campaign. Most of them are used in order to serve as payload carriers for other threats. Popular options are the following:
- Data Theft — The Beendoor Trojan may include an information harvesting ability which is capable of acquiring data that ca directly expose the identity of the victim users.
- Machine Identification — Many similar threats are programmed to extract the list of installed hardware components ,specific operating system environment values and user settngs which are then processed by a special algorithm that will output an unique infection ID that is to be assigned to each different computer.
- Windows Registry Changes — The Beendoor Trojan can create entries for itself in the Windows Registry which can make its removal more difficult. If it edits existing values then serious performance issues can arise. Data loss and errors are a common side effect of this operation.
- Boot Menu Options Modification — Some Beendoor Trojan versions can modify the boot options in order to automatically start themselves when the computer is powered on. By disabling access to these options manual user removal guides can become worthless.
- Data Removal — The engine can be configured to locate and delete files such as system backups, restore files and shadow volume copies. This makes recovery much more difficult and in this case the use of a data recovery solution needs to be used.
Any future Beendoor variants can include other malicious actions as per the hacker’s instructions.
How to Remove Beendoor Trojan
In order to fully remove Beendoor from your computer system, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. If the first two manual removal steps do not seem to work and you still see Beendoor or programs, related to it, we suggest what most security experts advise – to download and run a scan of your comptuer with a reputable anti-malware program. Downloading this software will not only save you some time, but will remove all of Beendoor files and programs related to it and will protect your computer against such intrusive apps and malware in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Beendoor Trojan from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Beendoor Trojan from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Beendoor Trojan from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Beendoor Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Beendoor Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Beendoor Trojan from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Beendoor Trojan from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Beendoor Trojan from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Beendoor Trojan
Step 2: Uninstall Beendoor Trojan 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 Beendoor Trojan 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 Beendoor Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Beendoor Trojan from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Beendoor Trojan 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 Beendoor Trojan 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 Beendoor Trojan files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Beendoor Trojan, 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 Beendoor Trojan 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 Beendoor Trojan 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 Beendoor Trojan 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 Beendoor Trojan 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 Beendoor Trojan will be removed.
Eliminate Beendoor Trojan 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.