Symantec has discovered a new attack of the Trojan.Swort, spread via MERS-themed emails. MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – a respiratory virus that is new to humans. The exploitation of the MERS theme is likely provoked by the recent increase of cases in South Korea. Taking advantage of viral outbreaks is not new to attackers. A similar email campaign ‘inspired’ by the Ebola virus was spotted last year.
Symantec Report on Trojan.Swort
Trojan.Swort is a Trojan horse with a low risk level. It has been discovered on October 24, 2014, and is recently revived in the MERS-theme malicious email campaign. As stated by Symantec, Trojan.Swort must be executed manually. After its execution, the threat downloads arbitrary code and compromises the system’s security. Trojan.Swort affects the following Windows versions:
→Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Specifications of the MERS-themed Malicious Email Campaign
As already mentioned, the dangerous virus has immersed in South Korea. More than 100 people have been contaminated, and an additional 2,000 patients have been put under quarantine.
Just recently, Symantec has gathered a malevolent sample from external sources, discovering that the threat has been spreading via emails. The file itself is an .exe file that imitates a Microsoft Word document. Interestingly enough, the file name is written in Korean and is translated as it follows:
→“MERS_List of hospital and infected patient.docx.exe”
Fortunately, the campaign is far from sophisticated and is a simple Trojan downloader known as Trojan.Swort. Symantec researchers have reported that the configured remote host is not responsive. Similar attacks may reoccur since the MERS threat is rapidly becoming a global problem, currently affecting Asian countries.
Trojan.Swort Removal Options
Security researchers remind users to be very careful when opening emails from unknown sources. Frequently updating the anti-malware solution is a crucial safety tip. In case users want to be sure that their computers have not been affected by Trojan.Swort, running a full system scan is highly recommended.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Trojan.Swort from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Trojan.Swort from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Trojan.Swort from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Trojan.Swort from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Trojan.Swort from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Trojan.Swort from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Trojan.Swort from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Trojan.Swort from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Trojan.Swort
Step 2: Uninstall Trojan.Swort 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 Trojan.Swort 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.Swort there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Trojan.Swort from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Trojan.Swort 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 Trojan.Swort 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 Trojan.Swort files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Trojan.Swort, 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 Trojan.Swort 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.Swort 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.Swort 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.Swort 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.Swort will be removed.
Eliminate Trojan.Swort 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.