|Short Description||The Trojans scans the system for banking and card information.|
|Symptoms||Registry entries are added, a subkey is added as well.|
|Distribution Method||Not clear yet, but possibly spam, unsafe browsing, etc.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Infostealer.Centerpos|
Trojans are malicious programs that enter the computer in a stealth manner and steal information from it. There are even cases of Trojan horses residing silently in the system and waiting for a signal to be executed. The only way to stay protected against such threats is having enhanced security – an active AV solution, a firewall. In addition, using legitimate programs instead of counterfeit software is another way to keep the system guarded against malicious intruders. However, even the most tech-savvy users can make a mistake and end up with a Trojan. What is more, the presence of Trojan horses in the malware world has been stronger than ever before. Infostealer.Centerpos is a fresh example of a Trojan attack that is currently active in the wild.
Infostealer.Centerpos Technical Details
Information stealers such as Centerpos are usually designed to affect a range of operating systems. In the present case, as reported by Symantec, the following Windows versions can be attacked by the Trojan:
→Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Infostealer.Centerpos Distribution and Payload
Once Infostealer.Centerpos is executed, it will connect to a remote location such as:
Then, several malicious files will be downloaded onto the system as part of the Trojan’s payload:
Trojans horses typically add new registry entries to the Windows registry to make sure they run undisrupted.
Here is a list of some of the values added by Infostealer.Centerpos:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_CENTERPOINT\”NextInstance” = “1”
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_CENTERPOINT\0000\”Service” = “CenterPoint”
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_CENTERPOINT\0000\”Legacy” = “1”
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_CENTERPOINT\0000\”ConfigFlags” = “0”
A registry subkey to register itself as a service is also created:
Finally, Infostealer.Centerpos will scan all of the running processes on the affected system to locate payment card data. Once the valuable data is found, it will be send to a remote server.
Infostealer.Centerpos Removal Options
As you may have guessed, the most secure way to deal with such threats is by using legitimate and powerful anti-malware software. An AV program will immediately locate the Trojan and remove it. However, our research team has created a removal guide that applies to Trojan horses. You can find it below.
Step 1: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Infostealer.Centerpos.
Removing Infostealer.Centerpos from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing Infostealer.Centerpos from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Infostealer.Centerpos.
Step 2: Remove Infostealer.Centerpos automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Infostealer.Centerpos associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Infostealer.Centerpos from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Infostealer.Centerpos from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Infostealer.Centerpos from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Infostealer.Centerpos from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Infostealer.Centerpos from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Infostealer.Centerpos from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Infostealer.Centerpos from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Infostealer.Centerpos from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Infostealer.Centerpos
Step 2: Uninstall Infostealer.Centerpos 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 Infostealer.Centerpos 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 Infostealer.Centerpos there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Infostealer.Centerpos from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Infostealer.Centerpos 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 Infostealer.Centerpos 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 Infostealer.Centerpos 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 Infostealer.Centerpos 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 Infostealer.Centerpos 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 Infostealer.Centerpos 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 Infostealer.Centerpos will be removed.
Eliminate Infostealer.Centerpos 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.