An Android banking malware dubbed Tordow by Kaspersky researchers has been detected to obtain all types of banking credentials as well as steal login details and root devices. The creators of this malware have designed it to function primarily as banking malware giving many profitable opportunities for the cyber-criminals who are going to be using it. Users are strongly advised to read this article and learn how to protect themselves from this Android OS banking malware.
|Short Description||Android Banking Malware/Infostealer|
|Symptoms||Gives permissions to the cyber-criminals to perform malicious activities on your Android device. Full control by rooting capability.|
|Distribution Method||Copycat apps of famous ones, distributed via malicious web links.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join our forum to Discuss Tordow.|
How Does Tordow Replicate
The crooks who redistribute this trojan have very cleverly though out the process of replicating this malware infection. One of the techniques the crooks use is to download an official application, such as Pokemon Go, Vkontakte or Telegram and strip it’s code down to add a malicious script in it. Then, they re-upload the modified malicious application and upload it on shady third-party websites.
Since such websites do not have their method of self-replicating, the crooks may also link these websites and advertise the malicious links that may cause the download of such apps. This can happen in many ways, one of which is Facebook spam that advertises the app, just like My Secret Video Facebook malware does.
After the apps are installed on the device, the malware then may connect to multiple third-party web links and download the full payload of the Tordow trojan.
Tordow Trojan – What Does It Do
The malware is particularly clever in it’s actions. One action it performs is that it coordinates with the fake application which acts as a downloader. After the application downloads the malicious files, which are encrypted for obfuscation, it decrypts them on the device and executes them.
After this has been done, the malicious application may also download updates to the application adding new features to it’s currently existing ones. And the currently existing features are so many that they give the ones who have infected you a remote control like permissions:
- Full control of the SMS service.
- Full control of the phone’s calls.
- Balance checks of the phone.
- Obtaining the phone’s contacts.
- Changing the malicious server from which files are downloaded.
- Creating a lock screen on the device and showing a web page.
- Making lists that collect password and username information for different services.
- Switching down and turning off a device.
Besides those many features, this malware also has the capability of rooting the phone, meaning that the cyber-criminals may have access to more features as well, just as a root user. This, besides giving them full control to the phone’s apps, software, and hardware, it also allows them to steal all the information they wish to and input it in their automatically generated login databases.
Summary and Protection Tutorial for Tordow Banking Trojan
The Tordow banking trojan is a very dangerous threat, and the crooks who developed it are particularly clever. One reason is that they have managed to successfully focus on Android devices since mobile payment usage is becoming more frequent than ever. All users who use mobile payment methods and have installed applications from suspicious locations should secure their phone by hard resetting it, which can be easily done if you follow the instructions given below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow
Step 2: Uninstall Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow 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 Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow 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 Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow 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 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 Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow 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 Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow 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 Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow 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 Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow 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 Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow will be removed.
Eliminate Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Tordow 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.