A 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.
|Type||PoS Malware with BruteForce capabilities.|
|Short Description||The malware steals financial data from PoS systems of small businesses.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness higher network utilization in Windows Task manager while the malware is transferring information to the CnC server.|
|Distribution Method||Via other malware or programs that appear legitimate but aren’t.|
|Detection Tool||Download 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:
- Via other programs such as a program imitating Visual Studio 2012.
- Via other obfuscated malware such as a Rookit or Trojan.Downloader on a previously infected device.
- Via exploit kit carried through spam mails, similar to the one in the example picture below.
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:
The domains associated with the samples are of a various character and names:
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove TreasureHunt from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of TreasureHunt on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove TreasureHunt in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase TreasureHunt from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall TreasureHunt from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove TreasureHunt from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate TreasureHunt from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable TreasureHunt Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove TreasureHunt from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TreasureHunt
Step 2: Uninstall TreasureHunt 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 TreasureHunt 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 TreasureHunt there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of TreasureHunt from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall TreasureHunt 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 TreasureHunt 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 TreasureHunt files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as TreasureHunt, 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 TreasureHunt 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 TreasureHunt 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 TreasureHunt 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 TreasureHunt 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 TreasureHunt will be removed.
Eliminate TreasureHunt 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 TreasureHunt 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".