The Zeus Sphinx Trojan is a banking Trojan which is rated as advanced when compared with other viruses of this type. The released information about it shows that the hackers are experienced and may have created other Trojans in the past. Usually virus infections like this one are made by interacting with an infected file — this can be either a macro-infected document or a hacker-made software installer. 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 Zeus Sphinx Trojan will be installed.
This particular threat is known for being spread via phishing email messages. It targets mainly companies and businesses. After the infection has been made the Zeus Sphinx Trojan can download other threats, launch multiple dangerous modules and steal files.
|Name||Zeus Sphinx 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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Zeus Sphinx Trojan — Overview
Zeus Sphinx as an example of the Zeus family of threats is an upgraded version of a previously-known Trojan. The infections were detected in a live campaign which is a few years after the massive attacks which were set against financial targets. This was made possible due to a leak of the source code in several developer communities. This has allowed different for different hacking groups to take advantage of the codebase and create their own custom versions.
The main method of distribution in the current version of the Zeus Sphinx Trojan is to launch a coordinated phishing campaign by sending out fake documents. They are designed to look like information regarding government relief payments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This is regarded by the hackers as an effective strategy as many other similar threats have also resorted to the use of Coronavirus-related warning messages.
Such threats can also be spread by the use of related web content — this can be specially created websites that contain warnings and messages. They can be hosted on domain names that sound like government agencies and they can be linked in the email messages. These pages can also link to other malware and phishing pages.
The prepared documents are of the common DOC and DOCX file formats. When they are opened a password prompt will appear — depending on the format of the phishing campaign the password will be placed in the email message or the website hosting the virus file. When the credentials are entered the built-in scripts will start a Trojan download operation which will begin the infection.
One of the first actions which will be done by the malware is to ensure a persistent environment — the Trojan will modify key configuration files and settings in order to always run when the system is started. According to the available information the Zeus Sphinx Trojan is also capable of accessing and modifying the Windows Registry — this means that existing values can be edited and new ones created. This will lead to performance issues, data loss and other problems. Any Registry values that are related to the virus threat will be placed in a folder placed in the %APPDATA%.
The Zeus Sphinx Trojan will be run via a system process (explorer.exe) and web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. This means that all actions will appear as made by the users. This may not raise any alerts of security software such as intrusion detection engines, firewalls and etc. The main goal of this threat is to monitor the users behavior and servers mainly as a banking Trojan. This means that the main engine will monitor the users and when they access an online web banking service it will modify user fields so that transactions will go to the hackers instead of the specified recipients. This process will also hijack any user credentials that are used to access online services. At any time the infection sequence may change — adding in new features, modifying existing configurations and infecting the systems with other malware. Popular options include file-encrypting ransomware or web miners.
How to Remove Zeus Sphinx Trojan
In order to fully remove Zeus Sphinx 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 Zeus Sphinx 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 Zeus Sphinx 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 Zeus Sphinx Trojan from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Zeus Sphinx Trojan on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Zeus Sphinx Trojan in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Zeus Sphinx Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Zeus Sphinx Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Zeus Sphinx Trojan from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Zeus Sphinx Trojan from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Zeus Sphinx Trojan Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Zeus Sphinx Trojan from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Zeus Sphinx Trojan
Step 2: Uninstall Zeus Sphinx Trojan and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Zeus Sphinx 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 Zeus Sphinx Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Zeus Sphinx Trojan from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Zeus Sphinx 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.
- 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 Zeus Sphinx Trojan via Step 1 above:
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 Zeus Sphinx Trojan files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Zeus Sphinx Trojan, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Zeus Sphinx 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 Zeus Sphinx 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 Zeus Sphinx 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 Zeus Sphinx 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 Zeus Sphinx Trojan will be removed.
Eliminate Zeus Sphinx 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Zeus Sphinx Trojan from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".