The New Agent Tesla Trojan is a malware threat which is rated as advanced when compared with other viruses of this type. Usually Trojan infections like this one are made by launching automated hacking toolkits or creating infected files. They are often made by taking the legitimate files from their official sources and modifying them with the necessary virus code. Other data can also be affected. All kinds of other data may be used as well — this includes malicious plugins for web browsers and etc. If any are found then the New Agent Tesla Trojan will be installed.
This particular threat is known for being spread using a multitude of weaknesses. The attacks are set against users worldwide. After the infection has been made the New Agent Tesla Trojan can download other threats, launch multiple dangerous modules and steal files.
|Name||New Agent Tesla Trojan|
|Type||Malware, Trojan, Miner|
|Short Description||A dangerous malware which can launch a miner and start a Trojan module.|
|Symptoms||The victims may notice performance issues and can get infected with other malware.|
|Distribution Method||Common distribution tactics and direct web attacks.|
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New Agent Tesla Trojan — Overview
A New Agent Tesla Trojan sample has been detected in an active attack campaign. This appears to be a new release of the old and known threat which has been used by many hacking groups in the past. This new version adds in new functionality hence many add in the “New Agent Tesla” instead of the plain Agent Tesla name of the Trojan.
The first versions were created for the modern Microsoft Windows operating systems using the .NET framework and associated programming languages. The first large-scale attacks happened back in 2014 where many networks were targeted using it. According to the numerous reports which give details about it the modl of distribution is based on a subscription model. This means that the developers are selling “licenses” to use a given version of the New Agent Tesla Trojan to buyers which are individual hackers or criminal groups. Depending on the price and details custom additions can be included.
The current version of the New Agent Tesla Trojan is being spread by a phishing campaign. The victims are tricked by email messages that impersonate shipping messages. These notifications will have built-in file attachments: macro-infected documents or executable files. the captured samples have included a file called Delivery Report.exe which when run will start the infection process. In comparison with other similar droppers this one has a rich feature set and the actual virus installation code is heavily obfuscated. This means that most security software may not detect the presence of the Trojan and its components.
As soon as the main engine is loaded onto the target computers several malware actions will be started. One of the first ones is the starting up of several memory injections to system processes. This will allow the main engine to interact with the operating system and the user-installed applications.
The sample reports indicate that the next action which will be started will be to look for specific software installed on the compromised machines. The captured versions associated with the New Agent Tesla Trojan will look for FTP client applications which are used for file transfer. Not only can they be manipulated, but also stored credentials can be hijacked. This data gathering is extended to different types of applications including the following:
- Web Browsers — Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft IE & Edge, Apple Safari, Tencent QQBrowser, Opera Browser, Yandex Browser, 360 Browser, Iridium Browser, Comodo Dragon, CoolNovo, Chromium, Torch Browser, 7 Star Browser, Amigo Browser, Brave, CentBrowser, Chedot, Coccoc, Elements Browser, Epic Privacy, Kometa, Orbitum, Sputnik, Uran, Vivaldi, Citrio, Liebao Browser, Sleipnir 6, QIP Surf Browser, Coowon Browser, SeaMonkey , Flock Browser, UCBrowser , BlackHawk Browser, CyberFox Browser, KMeleon Browser, IceCat Browser, IceDragon Browser, PaleMoon Browser, WaterFox Browser and Falkon Browser
- Instant Messenger and Email Clients –Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Aerofox Foxmail, Opera Mail, IncrediMail, Pocomail, Qualcomm Eudora, The Bat! Email, Postbox, Claws Mail, Becky! Internet Mail, Trillian Messenger and ICQ Transport
- File Transfer and VPN Programs — OpenVPN, FileZilla, Ipswitch WS_FTP, WinSCP, CoreFTP, FTP Navigator, FlashFXP, SmartFTP, CFTP, FTPGetter, DownloadManager and Coowon jDownloader
After this is complete changes to the Windows Registry will be made as well. This will include both editing of the system values and those belonging to Office applications. In them the New Agent Tesla Trojan will also attempt to hijack and replace sensitive data. This will complete the first part of the process which will be further enhanced by an automated script. It will collect information about the operating system and installed hardware parts. All of this information will be compressed in a report which will be automatically sent to the hacker operators.
Trojan horse infections are used to take over control of the host machines and also to allow the hackers to spy on the users and steal their data. In addition this particular new version is released with additional functionality that prevents the users from accessing recovery options. This will render most manual user removal instructions non-working as the users will not be able to access common Windows functionality; opening the task manager, Windows UAC controls, Control Panel, System Registry and etc. The remote attackers will be able to constantly monitor the computers, take screenshots, record user input (keyboard and mouse movement) and can shutdown the hosts at any time.
How to Remove New Agent Tesla Trojan
In order to fully remove New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla or programs, related to it, we suggest what most security experts advise – to download and run a scan of your computer with a reputable anti-malware program. Downloading this software will not only save you some time, but will remove all of New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla Trojan from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of New Agent Tesla Trojan from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove New Agent Tesla Trojan from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase New Agent Tesla Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall New Agent Tesla Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove New Agent Tesla Trojan from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate New Agent Tesla Trojan from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove New Agent Tesla Trojan from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove New Agent Tesla Trojan
Step 2: Uninstall New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of New Agent Tesla Trojan from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla 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 New Agent Tesla Trojan will be removed.
Eliminate New Agent Tesla 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.