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TreasureHunt PoS Malware Description and Removal

shutterstock_278999798A new malicious virus has been detected and reported to attack PoS systems of primarily small businesses. The malware enters the user PC via spam mails, and it carefully selects what kind of information to collect from infected users. The malware has been reported by researchers to be associated with the hacker group BearsInc. This particular type of malware is also focused on attacking via php, and it collects information after which corresponds with the cyber-crooks CNC (command and control) servers.

NameTreasureHunt
TypePoS Malware with BruteForce capabilities.
Short DescriptionThe malware steals financial data from PoS systems of small businesses.
SymptomsThe user may witness higher network utilization in Windows Task manager while the malware is transferring information to the CnC server.
Distribution MethodVia other malware or programs that appear legitimate but aren’t.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User Experience Join our forum to discuss TreasureHunt.

TreasureHunt PoS Malware – Distribution

It is widely believed that this malware may be distributed by several different methods:

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All users are strongly advised to follow simple security tips (LINKKK) to avoid such occurrences in the future.

TreasureHunt PoS Malware – How Does It Work

This malware uses the so-called “gate.php” object which it uses in the following command to send intercepted financial information:

→ POST /gate.php?report=true

Researchers at Fireeye have identified the following samples in different domains of the “gate.php” object:

→ megastock/gate.php
sdfsgsdsdssdf/gate.php
wp-content/temp/gate.php
noth/gate.php
/southcal/gate.php
/gate.php
/alabol/gate.php
/nothcal/gate.php

The domains associated with the samples are of a various character and names:

  • millionjam(.)eu
  • cortykopl(.)com
  • 91.232.29.83
  • it71092781-cy2892378-load887238(.)com
  • 179.43.160.34
  • 3sipiojt(.)com
  • seatrip888(.)eu
  • friltopyes(.)com

The collected information may be credit card numbers, online banking passwords, bitcoin addresses and account passwords.

Not only this, but this malicious threat may also use a BruteForce type of attack to break into different user accounts. It may have pre-set combinations of user names and passwords in a large file which may be used from a distance to discover the password.

Remove TreasureHunt PoS Malware

To detect whether or not you have this threat on your PoS device, you should scan it with an advanced anti-malware software. In case, any threat of this type is detected it is advisable to act immediately and change ALL of your financial credentials and any account credentials on this device and any other device on your PoS network. Furthermore, it is strongly recommended to reconfigure your network changing some values and resetting it in case there is any device connected to it.

After that, we strongly advise you to follow the steps mentioned in this article. They will make sure you effectively isolate after which remove this cyber-threat from your computer. In the end, we would definitely recommend following the security tips mentioned in the red link in the “Distribution” section of this article.

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TreasureHunt

1. Boot Your PC Into Safe Mode

1. For Windows 7,XP and Vista. 2. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
2. Select one of the two options provided below:

For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

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For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

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3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.

4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

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While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu

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Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.

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Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.

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Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.

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Step 6: Click on Restart.
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Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.

2. Remove TreasureHunt with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

2. Remove TreasureHunt with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove TreasureHunt.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove TreasureHunt.
Step 1:Click on the “Download” button to proceed to SpyHunter’s download page.

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It is highly recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter.

Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any TreasureHunt files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

3. Back up your data to secure it against infections by TreasureHunt in the future

3. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

To back up your files via Windows and prevent any future intrusions, follow these instructions:

1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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2-Type Backup And Restore
3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by .
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1-Press Windows button + R
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2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from .

1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from is on.
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Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by should be restored.

Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Remove TreasureHunt Using Other Alternative Tools

Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareSTOPZilla Anti Malware
1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove TreasureHunt.
Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.

2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all TreasureHunt associated files automatically.

Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to delete them permanently.
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Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove TreasureHunt.
Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all TreasureHunt associated files completely.
Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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