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Remove BlackMoon virus (Removal Instructions) - updated May 2020

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Trojans

BlackMoon banking Trojan steals people's banking information and delivers SkyStarts ransomware as a second payload

BlackMoon trojan

BlackMoon is a reference to a trojan virus, which has been first spotted on the landscape in 2014. Many cybersecurity vendors recognize it as W32/Banbra on the bases of its detection name. This specific malware example has been developed with an intention to steal the victim’s banking information by redirecting the victim to phishing websites.

This malicious cyber infection used to be extremely active until 2016 and then got idle until 2018 when experts spotted new strains of the trojan in an active development phase. The renewed BlackMoon trojan sample has been submitted on VirusTotal in autumn 2018. A year later the SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research Team released a report that the infamous banking trojan evolved into a double payload malware. 

Once installed, the renewed Trojan executes malicious activities allowing criminals to steal user's credentials and, upon a second phase, downloads SkyStars ransomware. The latter is known for encrypting personal files and appending .SKYSTARTS extension. In contrast to other ransomware-type viruses, it does not generate a ransom note, nor provides instructions on how to pay a ransom or encrypt files. ThIt mainly targets computer users in the East Asia region, mostly in Japan, China, and South Korea.

Once it gets into the victim’s computer system, it drops various infectious files. The Trojan introduces itself as a DLL file, which can be launched via the rundll32.exe executable file. This banking Trojan is designed to reroute the user to fraudulent websites whenever he/she attempts to access a search engine or an online banking portal via one of the affected web browsers. BlackMoon virus can modify all the major web browsers on Windows, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge.

Before rerouting the user to a phishing website, the Trojan showcases a message (which can be presented in Korean, Japanese, or Chinese language), which states that the user has to complete “the security certification process,” which can be finished by signing into a bank account. Of course, this is nothing more than a scam, because then the user gets rerouted to a phishing website and all information he/she enters falls into cybercriminals' hands.

This trojan can also collect information including the victim’s personal and work phone number, social security numbers, credit card details, keystrokes, passwords, and similar sensitive data. It reaches crooks’ Command and Control servers and can be used for illegal purposes immediately.

BlackMoon trojan virus
BlackMoon is a trojan virus that steals victim's credentials and then downloads SkyStars ransomware as a second payload

Questions about BlackMoon virus

If you presume that your computer has been compromised by this malware, do not wait and remove BlackMoon Banking Trojan from your PC immediately. You can check if your computer is infected with some kind of malware and remove it with anti-malware software.

We suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes malware removal tool to detect and delete spyware/malware threats from the computer. Sadly, the manual removal of this Trojan would be a time-consuming process, which eventually would end up in failure. The manual decontamination of Trojan files is practically impossible. Finally, experts highly recommend fixing trojan damage upon its removal. AV tool is not likely to restore registry entries, corrupted or deleted files, and processes. Thus, try using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego system recovery tool. 

Trojans infect PCs via hacked websites or malicious spam attachments

Reportedly, BlackMoon Trojan spreads via drive-by downloads, which means it can get into the victim’s computer system by taking advantage of vulnerabilities in outdated software. Additionally, this variant of malware can be downloaded in conjunction with fake software updates, typically Java Player or Flash Player updates.

While these programs are entirely legitimate, cybercriminals tend to exploit users’ trust in these programs by bundling infectious files with them and promoting such modified updates via insecure Internet sites. Therefore, we highly advise you to stay away from unknown websites and avoid downloading well-known software from them because such downloads can contain malicious files and severely damage your computer system.

Needless to say, you should always keep all your programs up-to-date and also protect your computer with a strong anti-malware solution. It is advisable to purchase a full package of services that your AV developers have to offer. 

A guide on how to remove BlackMoon malware from the computer system

BlackMoon virus is a highly dangerous computer threat, and you should NOT try to deal with it unless you are an IT expert. It is a well-programmed piece of software, which tends to hide its executive files under safe-sounding filenames.

BlackMoon removal should be done automatically, using powerful anti-malware software. We recommend scanning the entire computer system a few times to ensure this threat is entirely removed. Then we suggest changing all your passwords, logins, PINs, and other essential information to prevent cybercriminals from stealing your money from your bank accounts.

We recommend using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner program to remove BlackMoon virus. Do not fall for panic if you cannot load AV scanner as long as you try. Trojan may be blocking AV load processes, so you may need to restart your PC into Safe Mode with Networking. 

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To remove BlackMoon virus, follow these steps:

Remove BlackMoon using Safe Mode with Networking

To disable malicious processes run by BlackMoon banking trojan, please restart your machine into Safe Mode. The guide below explains how to do that in a comprehensive manner.

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove BlackMoon

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete BlackMoon removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove BlackMoon using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of BlackMoon. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that BlackMoon removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from BlackMoon and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Rento says:
    July 25th, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I wish my computer stays safe and sound… I have the anti-spyware software, but is it enough?

  2. Bellie says:
    July 25th, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Cant believe scammers go this far and certain authorities cannot catch them easily. This wold has gone too far

  3. Kay says:
    July 25th, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Stay safe, guys. My cousins computer has been compromised, she said she couldnt access her bank account. I suppose that is frightening experience…

  4. mAYOR says:
    July 25th, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I have just changed all my passwords just to be sure! Such trojans scare the hell out of me. I dont wanna give my savings to cyber criminals! I will also scan my PC with some antimalware program right now as well.

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