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Remove Belonard Trojan From Your PC

The Belonard Trojan is a dangerous weapon used against computer users worldwide. It infects mainly via Counter Strike in-game client vulnerabilities. Our article gives an overview of its behavior according to the collected samples and available reports, also it may be helpful in attempting to remove the virus.

Threat Summary

NameBelonard Trojan
TypeTrojan
Short DescriptionThe Belonard Trojan is a computer virus that is designed to silently infiltrate computer systems.
SymptomsThe victims may not experience any apparent symptoms of infection.
Distribution MethodSoftware Vulnerabilities, Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Scripts and others.
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Belonard Trojan – Distribution Methods

The Belonard Trojan has been detected in an ongoing attack campaign which targets a new weakness in the popular computer game Counter Strike 1.6. According to the released information this infection makes use of a newly discovered vulnerability categorized as Remote Code Execution. The evidence that this is the case comes out from the fact that several of the weaknesses were identified in game builds. Two of the weaknesses are found in the official game client and four in modified pirate versions.

The Belonard Trojan consists of 11 components and it includes several scenarios according to the given situation. Depending on the type of version the criminals are using a different injection method is employed. The usual mechanism is to use a remote code execution weakness which is launched from a hacker-controlled server. Whenever the players launch the multiplayer mode of the game they will be given a list of servers from which they can choose. If a malware one is chosen the relevant code will automatically transfer dangerous libraries to the clients.

A complex initial check s performed in order to check if any Belonard Trojan files are available on the freshly infected computer. Depending on the obtained information the required files will be downloaded, various versions are devised in order to address the current conditions.

The Belonard Trojan will install a special component that will protect the deployed files from any tampering or removal. This is done by filtering the requests, files and commands from other game servers. All user interactions are transferred via a specially designed network connection.

Other methods that can be employed by the victims include the following mechanisms:

  • Malicious Download Sites — The creation of hacker-made sites that pose as legitimate download sources is one of the most technique when spreading malware of all types. They are hosted on similar sounding domain names as well-known pages and may even use self-signed security certificates. Common variants include search engines, download portals, product landing pages and etc.
  • Email Phishing Tactics — The criminals can utilize SPAM phishing tactics in order to coerce the recipients into thinking that they have received a legitimate message from a well-known company or service. They contain stolen content from the real sources and the infections can be caused via interaction with any links, images, multimedia and etc. They can be attached directly to the emails.
  • File Sharing Networks — They are used by end users in order to share both legitimate and pirate content. The most popular option at the moment is BitTorrent.
  • Browser Hijackers — They are made by the hackers as counterfeit browser plugins, known as “hijackers” — this is the name given to them as they will change the default settings of the web browsers. They are usually found on the relevant repositories with fake user reviews and user credentials. The descriptions will promise new feature additions or performance optimizations. As soon as they are installed the relevant virus deployment will take place and any other relevant actions.

Belonard Trojan – Detailed Description

One of the first components that are run once the Trojan has infiltrated the computer is to run a data harvesting component. It can be programmed to extract information that can be grouped in the two main types of data:

  • Private Information — The engine can be programmed to extract extensive information about the victim users. This is done by looking out for specific strings such as their name, address, phone number and any stored account credentials.
  • Machine Information — There is a wide variety of information that can reveal a lot of data about the compromised machines. It includes a full list of the installed hardware components, certain user settings and current operating system conditions.

Through the initial infection this system check is made mandatory as it allows the Trojan to automatically choose the most appropriate version of the post-infection engine. It is downloaded from the malware server by the main infection engine.

What’s more interesting is that a preliminary check is done after the Trojan files have been downloaded. This is done in order to ensure that a previous infection has not happened. What will happen next is that a persistent installation will be initiated. In this particular case this is a collection of several malicious actions. The first one is the modification of the Windows Registry — it is done by creating new strings for the Belonard Trojan. This is followed by modification of configuration files and certain boot options which will make the main engine automatically to start as soon as the computer is powered on.

All of the collected information is transferred immediately to the hacker operators. A peculiar feature of this particular threat is to set up a service that takes the name of “Windows DHCP Service” which is the name of a legitimate and important network service. After this module has completed running the Trojan will start a persistent connection to a hacker-controlled server. At random periods the Trojan will launch a new search for Counter Strike game clients, the infection modules and a connection to the relevant malicious servers.

One of the dangerous components associated with this particular threat is the game modifications module. It will compare the installed clients to its own internal list of customized versions and modify the CS files accordingly by either adding in new files, modifying existing ones or altogether deleting certain parts of the game’s structure. The newly uploaded payloads will emulate fake game servers on the compromised devices. The next component will create proxies for these servers and register them with the Steam API. This means that potentially all Counter Strike 1.6 gamers are vulnerable.

As a result of the infections a large-scale botnet has been created. Security researchers were able to disable the first wave of compromised machines however we anticipate that a follow-up attack campaign may follow.

Remove Belonard Trojan Completely

To remove Belonard Trojan manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal tutorial written down below. In case this manual removal does not get rid of the miner malware completely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove Belonard Trojan from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Belonard Trojan

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Belonard 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Belonard Trojan on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Belonard Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Belonard Trojan with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Belonard Trojan from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Belonard Trojan and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Belonard Trojan:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Belonard Trojan. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Belonard Trojan. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Belonard 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Belonard Trojan. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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Remove Belonard 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.


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Erase Belonard 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.



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Uninstall Belonard 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.



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Remove Belonard 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Belonard Trojan will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Belonard 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.


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