This article has been created in order to explain what is the Zombieboy Trojan and how to remove this worm Trojan from your computer completely.
A new Trojan, going by the detection Trojan.Zombieboy has been discovered by security researchers. The Trojan has been reported to take advantage of critical Windows activities, which may be risky if not updated. The Trojan.Zombieboy is also the type of malware, that aims to propagate onto other computers besides the main PC it has infected automatically since the virus is also a worm. If your computer has been infected by the Zombieboy Trojan, we recommend that you read this article so that it will help you remove this Trojan from your PC.
|Type||Trojan, Worm, Botnet|
|Short Description||Infects your computer silently, possibly steals the sensitive data in it and spreads to all the computers in your LAN.|
|Symptoms||No symptoms besides the files, created by the virus (See “Technical Analysis” underneath).|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Other infected devices with this virus.|
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Trojan.Zombieboy – How Does it Spread
The main strategy used by this malware to spread is by inserting malicious files from computer to computer on local networks. There are two main vulnerabilities used by this Worm and according to Symantec they are reported to be:
→ Microsoft Windows SMB Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2017-0143)
Microsoft Windows SMB Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2017-0146)
The Trojan may use those vulnerabilities together with it’s infection file, which may come under different forms of seemingly legitimate files online:
- As an e-mail attachment that appears like a document of some sort.
- As a fake setup of program.
- Fake game patch.
- Key generator.
- Fake system license activator.
- Fraudulent license activators.
Zombieboy Worm Trojan – Technical Analysis
According to Symantec researchers, the malware has been reported to create the following files and folders (if not created) on the victim’s computer:
Then, the Trojan may set various different registry entries in the Run, RunOnce and System registry sub-keys on the infected machine. The virus’s main goal is to create those entries in order to run automatically on system start. The malware then may begin to perform a wide variety of techniques and methods with the clear purpose to victimize the devices on the network of the infected computer and make those devices part of a zombie network, also known as botnet. This network is under the control of the cyber-criminals who are behind the Zombieboy Trojan. The main goal of Zombieboy as a Trojan is to perform the following activities on the computers infected by it, if the crooks controlling the virus activate them:
- Take screenshots on your computer.
- Log the keystrokes you type.
- Obtain information about your online activities.
- Gather system and network information.
- Gather data about your personal accounts.
- Steal your passwords.
- Steal files from your computer.
- Activate your web camera.
- Spread to other computers via flash drive or via your LAN.
Remove Zombieboy Worm Trojan from Windows
The Zombieboy Worm Trojan can be removed from Windows either manually or automatically. We have suggested solutions for both methods in the removal instructions for Zombieboy underneath this article. They have been created to help you delete this Trojan by firstly isolating it and then removing all of the malicious files and objects related to it. Since manual removal of Zombieboy Trojan is not entirely a guarantee for a removal, because the virus may leave behind leftover files that might reinfect your PC, experts often advise to remove such advanced threats with a specific anti-malware software. Such type of program will scan your computer for all Zombieboy-related files and objects and make sure that they are gone. The software will also stay on your PC and safeguard it, using real-time shielding technologies.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Zombieboy Trojan from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Zombieboy Trojan on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Zombieboy Trojan in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Zombieboy Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Zombieboy Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Zombieboy Trojan from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Zombieboy Trojan from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Zombieboy Trojan Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
About the Zombieboy Trojan Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Zombieboy Trojan how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on Zombieboy Trojan?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the Zombieboy Trojan threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates
How to Remove Zombieboy Trojan from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Zombieboy Trojan
Step 2: Uninstall Zombieboy 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 Zombieboy 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 Zombieboy Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.
3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Step 4: Scan for Zombieboy Trojan with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.
2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.
3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.
4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.
Video Removal Guide for Zombieboy Trojan (Windows).
Get rid of Zombieboy Trojan from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Zombieboy 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:
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:
3.In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Zombieboy Trojan:
4.Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.
5.In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Zombieboy Trojan. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.
6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference.
Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Zombieboy Trojan. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.
7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:
- 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 Zombieboy 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:
1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:
2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:
3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Zombieboy Trojan. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.
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 Zombieboy Trojan files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Zombieboy 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.
Video Removal Guide for Zombieboy Trojan (Mac)
Remove Zombieboy 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 Zombieboy 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 Zombieboy 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 Zombieboy 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 Zombieboy Trojan will be removed.
Eliminate Zombieboy 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 Zombieboy 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".
Zombieboy Trojan FAQ
What is Zombieboy Trojan?
The Zombieboy Trojan threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What are the symptoms of Zombieboy Trojan?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.
What types of Unwanted Programs are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to do if I have a "virus" like Zombieboy Trojan?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.
How to secure my passwords and other data from Zombieboy Trojan?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.