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Remove Brexit email virus (Removal Guide) - Improved Instructions

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Brexit email virus – an email scam which can end up with the infamous Ursnif trojan 

Brexit email virus

Brexit email virus is a malicious scam campaign which has been used to distribute the infamous Ursnif Trojan horse. The scam relies on The United Kingdom's decision to separate itself from the European Union.[1] Hackers decided to misuse this information and set up malicious emails carrying the malware inside. The Ursnif virus or other malware gets into the system via the Brexit_Barometer.exe executable which is sent in the message offering to view all the latest details about these events, such as changes in the market field, fluctuation of the currency rate, and so on. To receive such relevant information, users are urged to click on the “Latest Brexit Update” button which executes the beforementioned file and installs Ursnif on the Windows OS. Additionally, after such a stealth installation, Brexit scam virus launches the Android ADB API process running in Task Manager.[2] Even though it is a legitimate process, the trojan misuses it to carry out malicious activities. This email scam is almost identical to Gmail virus which has been using for several years now.

Name Brexit email virus
Type Malware
Sub-type Gmail virus
Executable Brexit_Barometer.exe
Related malware Ursnif trojan
Related processes Android ADB API
Targeted OS Windows
Detection software Run Reimage to find and eliminate the potential damage caused by Brexit scam

Criminals who distribute Brexit email virus use a very popular scamming technique – email spam. A big variety of users do not even consider that such messages might be malware-related and decide to use the useful features that it offers. However, we recommend being extremely careful if this scam ever shows up on your computer screen.

By opening the attached executable which is sent by Brexit virus email, you take a big risk of infecting your Windows computer with the trojan. If such a thing happens, the malware might perform various dubious and damaging activities on your machine. For example, it can start slowing down your system, misusing resources, or injecting other viruses.

However, that is not all that can be performed by Ursnif. Such malware might also relate to data theft. If you complete all actions that are written in the Brexit scam message and get the trojan installed, be prepared that the virus might start collecting information about the machine's user and all other found sensitive details.

If you have opened the rogue email message but did not execute any file, you should be safe. However, in some cases, these type of scams might relate to Gmail viruses. This means that malicious activity can also be performed on your computer only with one click on the Brexit email virus message.

If your computer system has been messed up with lately, you should perform a full system scan with an anti-malware tool such as Reimage and try to detect the problem. If the scam is the cause, remove Brexit email virus by using reputable computer tools only as manual elimination might bring only more harm if performed by a less-experienced user.

Make sure that you do not execute any rogue executables or keep the message opened. Also, make sure that you perform the Brexit email virus removal as soon as possible if you spot any malicious-looking signs on your computer. Additionally, you can reboot the PC to Safe Mode with Networking to ensure that all malware-laden actions were disabled.

Brexit email malware
Brexit scam virus is malware spreading around thru spammy messages which drop the Brexit_Barometer.exe file as the infection payload

Brexit-themed virus distribution methods and specifications

According to cybersecurity experts from Virusai.lt,[3] most of the malware is distributed via rogue email messages and their harmful attachments/hyperlinks. This time, the case is exactly the same. According to all the latest news about Brexit, a big variety of cybercriminals have decided to misuse it for their own illegitimate purposes.

Brexit spam is one of the examples. Such malware is provided as an email message which appears to be a scam and tries to trick users into pressing the “Latest Brexit Update” button to execute Ursnif trojan. However, there is a possibility that a big number of similar scams are lurking in the cyberspace and waiting to be opened.

There are also other ways in which you can get infected with a Brexit-themed virus. Such malware can be distributed via infected pop-up notifications that appear while entering specific pages. Additionally, you can get infected with trojans,[4] ransomware, and other malware via third-party networks, e.g. peer-to-peer ones, and indirect download links.

Brexit email virus removal guide for Windows users

If you have opened the dubious scamming email message and spotted rogue activities on your computer, there might be a chance that some type of malware might have reached your system just right after opening the email. To make sure, you can perform a system scan with a reputable antimalware tool such as Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes. If the software detects the malware as a cause, you should take quick actions to remove Brexit email virus from the system immediately.

After the Brexit email virus removal is performed, you can use the below-provided guidelines to reboot your computer system to Safe Mode with Networking or activate the System Restore feature in order to disable all malware-related activities. For further protection in the future, make sure that you always have a reputable antivirus tool working, do not open any questionable email messages, and avoid accessing unknown pages on the Internet sphere.

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To remove Brexit email virus, follow these steps:

Remove Brexit email using Safe Mode with Networking

Use Safe Mode with Networking if the Trojan horse is completing malicious activities on your computer system. Perform these instructing steps carefully:

  • 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 Brexit email

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

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

Remove Brexit email using System Restore

Activate the System Restore feature by using this instructions template to disable all unwanted and malicious activities on your machine:

  • 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 Brexit email. 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 and make sure that Brexit email removal is performed successfully.

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

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