A new type of infostealing Trojan is reported to aim at the cryptocurrency BitCoin, replacing It’s addresses with malicious ones. The Trojan creates multiple files via obfuscated executables, and it aims to stay concealed for as long as possible on the user PC. Furthermore, Coinbitclip uses multiple third-party BitCoin addresses and may use a different one for every infection. Furthermore, the Trojan most likely has something to do with the notorious game Hearthstone, resembling It’s executables. All users who actively use bitcoins are strongly advised to use an advanced anti-malware protection or use another computer for their financial transactions.
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|Short Description||The payload steals and replaces bitcoin addresses.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness unfamiliar files in the %AppData% such as Hearthstone.exe.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious web links aor attachments.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum topic about the threat to discuss Coinbitclip Trojan.|
Coinbitclip Trojan – How Does It Spread
An effective way for such type of trojans to spread is via malicious web links posted online. In the situation discovered, by Symantec researchers the game Hearthstone is copied, which means that it may target users via various third-party websites that are Blizzard or Hearthstone related and may insert the trojan via injecting a malicious code on the victim’s computer.
There may be another mean of targeting users on a massive scale. The hackers may send out massively spam emails to users that have registered on a Hearthstone related website. The mails may look like they come from Blizzard themselves and the following messages may be present in them, for example:
- “Click here to restore your password.”
- “Your account has been suspended. Click here for more information.”
- “Incoming files regarding Hearthstone.”
The mail messages might also contain an archived file as an attachment that may have the obfuscated payload of the malware.
One way or another, after it has been executed, according to Symantec researchers, the Trojan may create the following files:
- %User’s Profile%\Application Data\hearthstone\updater.exe
Furthermore, the cyber-threat may create a registry entry for the Hearthstone.exe file to run every time your Windows starts. It is located in the following Windows Registry key:
After setting up nice and comfy on your PC, the Trojan begins to automatically look for any BitCoin addresses that are copied by the user. What the Trojan does is it uses a custom database of many third-party BitCoin addresses to replace them with the currently copied address immediately after detection. What is more, the cyber-threat is smart – it uses the BitCoin address in its database closest to the actual one that has been copied to the clipboard.
This is most likely done with the one and only purpose to steal money when users convert money in bitcoins. The malware may work extremely well with ransomware threats such as TeslaCrypt 3.0 which persuade and scare users to pay for the decryption of their files in BitCoins.
Remove Coinbitclip Trojan from Your PC
Since this cyber-threat may create registry entries on your computer and may use an updater to stay hidden and change the location of the malicious files, it is strongly advisable to methodologically remove this Trojan. To do this, follow the after mentioned instructions.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Coinbitclip Trojan from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Coinbitclip Trojan from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Coinbitclip Trojan from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Coinbitclip Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Coinbitclip Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Coinbitclip Trojan from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Coinbitclip Trojan from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Coinbitclip Trojan from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Coinbitclip Trojan
Step 2: Uninstall Coinbitclip 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 Coinbitclip 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 Coinbitclip Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Coinbitclip Trojan from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Coinbitclip 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 Coinbitclip 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 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 Coinbitclip 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 Coinbitclip 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 Coinbitclip 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 Coinbitclip 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 Coinbitclip Trojan will be removed.
Eliminate Coinbitclip 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.