A recent security notice reveals that a dangerous new malware has hit mobile devices — the Rotexy Android Trojan. The reason why it is deemed a critical threat is that it leads to several different types of abusive actions and is thus classified as a hybrid threat.
Rotexy Android Trojan Classified as a Hybrid and Very Dangerous Mobile Malware
The Rotexy Android Trojan has been found to spread mainly by an organized [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/remove-smishing-scam-landing-pages-protect/”]smishing landing pages scam. This is a popular hacker tactic that relies on impersonating well-known companies or services and sends fake notifications via SMS messages. The targets will be coerced into opening up links or downloading certain applications from a repository using different typical scenarios. Popular examples are software update notifications or feature additions to the devices.
Once the Trojan code is deployed it will start the infection engine which runs these two processes:
- Security Bypass — It will scan for any anti-virus or virtual machine hosts and disable their real-time engines. This is done in order to avoid detection.
- Persistent Installation — The Trojan will install itself in a way which makes it very difficult to remove using manual methods. This is done by modifying system components, configuration files and boot options.
Following the successful initialization it will initiate a connection to a hacker-controlled server which will allow the criminal operators to spy on the users in real-time. The analysis shows that all correspondences and phone contacts are forwarded to the hackers in real-time.
The Rotexy Android Trojan exhibits an interesting scam tactic of enticing the victims into thinking that they have received a money transfer. They are requested to “validate” their credit card information by presenting a field. To make it look like a legitimate service it includes a credit card validation check which makes sure that the entered details are correct. As soon as they are entered correctly the details will be sent to the criminal operators.
Some configurations and samples of the Trojan have been found to also institute a lockscreen which displays a phishing page and extorts the victims to pay a “fine for viewing prohibited videos”. This is a typical scareware tactic that is often used by ransomware infections.
How To Remove Rotexy Android Infections
The security reports indicate that it is possible to remove active infections of the current configuration associated with the Rotexy Android Trojan. This means that any updates or future releases will probably use a different mechanism and will require specialist help. However taking advantage of the fact that the infected devices are controlled via SMS messages the analysts have developed a way to remove active infections.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Rotexy Android Trojan from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Rotexy Android Trojan on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Rotexy Android Trojan in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Rotexy Android Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Rotexy Android Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Rotexy Android Trojan from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Rotexy Android Trojan from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Rotexy Android Trojan Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Rotexy Android Trojan from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Rotexy Android Trojan
Step 2: Uninstall Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Rotexy Android Trojan from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android Trojan files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android Trojan will be removed.
Eliminate Rotexy Android 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 Rotexy Android 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".