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ITranslator virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Malware

iTranslator virus is a man-in-the-middle malware that is capable of controlling Windows systems

iTranslator virus
iTranslator virus is a trojan that installs two drivers into the Windows operating system and monitors users' online behavior

iTranslator virus is a dangerous trojan that was discovered by Fortinet[1] security experts and is designed to infiltrate Windows-based systems and monitor browsing activities on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and other browsers. Trojans usually infiltrate machines with the help of various deceptive methods, including phishing websites, spam emails, file-sharing sites, repacked installers, etc. The main malware executable is itranslator_02.exe (which is signed by an invalid certificate that expired in 2015), although it is also known as itransppa.exe, itranslator20041_se.exe, itransVes.exe, and Setup.exe. Once the exe file is opened, iTranslator malware creates itranslator folder in the Program files directory, and places wintrans.exe inside. Virus automatically executes the wintrans.exe file and actively communicates with C&C server and installs two divers: OpenSCManagerA and CreateServiceA.

Name  iTranslator 
Type  Malware/trojan
Infiltration  Malicious downloads, fake updates
Main executable  itranslator_02.exe
Purpose  Controls Windows machine and monitors users' browsing activities, redirects to specific sites
Elimination  Use powerful security software
Optimization  We recommend using Reimage to clean and restore your computer to the original state

The wintrans.exe file also executes iTranslator file directly into the Windows folder, which is then protected by VMProtect packer. For that reason, iTranslator malware removal can be quite complicated. However, using reputable anti-virus solutions should be able to help you get rid of the threat. Nevertheless, we provided full instructions below.

To ensure persistence, iTranslator malware creates the registry subkey, ensuring that the virus loads with every system boot. Next, the malware downloads iTranslator.dll file that can be used for 32-bit and 64-bit operating system, places it in the same directory as wintrans.exe, and performs the following actions:

  • Loads the net filter driver
  • Communicates with both drivers
  • Injects the SSL certificate without users' knowledge
  • Follows web traffic

The whole project was based on a NetFilter SDK (a legitimate network filtering toolkit), and iTranslator virus uses its certificate to avoid detection. This is when man-in-the-middle[2] comes into play: the interception is done secretly. None of the browsers will prevent the execution because Sample CA 2.cer is in the trusted Root Certificate Authorities list.

iTranslator can modify the packet content on both HTTPS and HTTP requests with the help of a man-in-the-middle attack. Additionally, Javascript[3] is inserted and, as soon as the browser receives the response, it is executed to perform more malicious activities.

As soon as iTranslator malware fully establishes, users who visit regular websites like Facebook are redirected to advert-filled sites which promote various deals, offers, coupons and similar. Furthermore, users may land on a phishing website, which can prompt them to download and install bogus software. 

To remove iTranslator virus, you will have to enter Safe Mode with Networking, and either get rid of the malware manually or scan it with reputable security engine. After the elimination is complete, security experts recommend using Reimage or repair the system.

Beware of executables, even if they look legitimate

We cannot stress enough about the downloading and clicking on executable files. Remember, ANY executable can be malware, even if it has a legitimate name. Therefore, it is highly recommended avoiding dodgy third-party websites that host cracked software, illegal keygens, and similar pirated stuff. If you are willing to risk, however, you can do it much more safely if you scan each executable with security software before opening it. There is a high chance that it will recognize the threat and warn you.

Another malware distribution technique is via the backdoor. Some modules are capable of automatically downloading and installing additional malicious files without users' permission. In such a case, the machine can be compromised even more, and such threats as ransomware can end up on your machine. To prevent this from happening, regularly scan your computer for viruses.

Remove iTranslator malware from your machine

To remove iTranslator virus from your computer entirely, you will have to enter Safe Mode with Networking, as explained below. Once in the safe mode, download and install reputable security tool and run a full system scan. The anti-malware should be able to take care of everything automatically. If not, you should try different options – there are plenty of reputable software available. Note that each vendor relies on databases that are continually updated. However, it might take time before each vendor includes the new malware into their database. Hence, some AV engines might not detect the threat.

While not recommended, you can opt for manual iTranslator virus removal (novice users should stay away from this method). Here's what to do:

  • Enter Safe Mode as explained below
  • Delete the following files: %WINDIR%\iTranslator, %WINDIR%\system32\iTranslator.dll
  • Delete the following folders: %WINDIR%\nss, %WINDIR%\SSL, %ProgramData%\itranslator
  • Delete subkeys: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\iTranslatorSvc, HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\NetfilterSvc
  • Remove Sample CA 2 certificate from all browsers

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To remove iTranslator virus, follow these steps:

Remove iTranslator using Safe Mode with Networking

To eliminate iTranslator malware, enter Safe Mode with Networking:

  • 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 iTranslator

    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 iTranslator removal.

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

Remove iTranslator using System Restore

You can also try System Restore to stop the virus:

  • 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 iTranslator. 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 iTranslator removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from iTranslator and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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