Spymel is the name given by Zscaler researchers to a newly found Trojan horse. The Trojan can spy on all user activity. It may log keystrokes and steal information on a compromised computer and send the data to a remote location.
|Short Description||The Trojan is an infostealer type. It connects to a Command and Control server to receive and execute commands. All gathered information is sent back to the attacker.|
|Symptoms||The Trojan steals data, including keystroke information. It can spy on all user activity.|
|Distribution Method||Targeted Attacks, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Spymel|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Spymel.|
Spymel Trojan – Delivery
Another delivery method is by installing the Trojan manually as software pretending to be helpful. Instead, you are getting the malware injected into your computer. What is known to spread such infections are browser exploits, such as plugins, extensions, or suspicious sites with malicious code on them.
Spymel Trojan – Technical Information
Spymel is classified as a Trojan horse. The Trojan is an infostealer type. The malware executable containing the files and settings of Spymel has a clever design. According to Zscaler researchers, it tries to conceal its origin and also gain authenticity by hiding behind stolen certificates of the software publisher SBO Invest. That way, security programs may not have detected it a few days ago, when it was discovered to be its first attack.
Once executed on a compromised machine, the Spymel Trojan begins creating files masked as the Windows’ svchost process:
To remain persistant and run itself and its settings with every start of Windows, the Trojan makes the following registry entries:
After these operations, the Trojan will modify Windows Firewall settings, and connect remotely to a Command and Control server. The location of the server is with the address 220.127.116.11 on port 1216, hidden in the Spymel Trojan’s settings:
When connected to the remote server, all gathered information will be sent to it, including keystroke logs. From that Command and Control server, the Spymel Trojan can receive commands that do the following actions:
- Send information of user names, OS, started processes, video module flag, titles of active windows.
- Send information about drives in system.
- Send information about folders and files for certain locations.
- Delete a file or folder.
- Execute a specific file.
- Rename a specific file or folder.
- Uninstall itself.
- Upload logs of keystrokes to the Command and Control server.
- Upload requested files to the Command and Control server.
- Search for a string in all keylogging files.
- Delete a keylogging file.
- Send a Desktop screenshot.
- Download files from a URL.
- Switch video recording On and Off.
- Provide settings of video recording for explicit processes.
To make matters worse, the Trojan has a protection implemented in itself called ProtectMe, which makes shutting Spymel down manually, impossible, while that protection is intact. Its purpose is to look for and close all tools like TaskMgr, Procexp, ProcessHacker and Taskkill, which are all used for process termination.
Spymel Trojan – Removal
The Trojan horse can spy on you, gain access to all kinds of data on your computer and also may infect you with different malware if left untouched. All gathered information can be sent back to hackers, and be used for profit. To completely get rid of the Spymel Trojan horse from your computer, carefully follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below.
Manually delete Spymel
Note! Substantial notification about the Spymel threat: Manual removal of Spymel requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
Automatically remove Spymel from your computer
- Guide 1: How to Remove Spymel from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Spymel from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Spymel from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Spymel from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Spymel from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Spymel from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Spymel from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Spymel from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Spymel
Step 2: Uninstall Spymel 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 Spymel 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 Spymel there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Spymel from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Spymel 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 Spymel 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 Spymel files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Spymel, 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 Spymel 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 Spymel 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 Spymel 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 Spymel 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 Spymel will be removed.
Eliminate Spymel 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.