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Remove Tarmac virus (Removal Guide) - updated Nov 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Mac viruses

Tarmac virus is a password-stealing trojan virus that gets installed via fake Adobe Flash Player upgrades on macOS

  Tarmac malwareTarmac malware is a trojan that includes malicious payload encrypted with the SHA-256 key

Tarmac virus (aka OSX/Tarmac) is a trojan virus that is delivered via OSX/Shlayer.D malware that is a recent version of OSX/Shlayer.[1] According to the latest research,[2] Tarmac virus is brought to macOS machines via fake Adobe Flash Player upgrades that distribute OSX/Shlayer.D. The trojan appears on the system as the 1.74 MB AdobeFlashPlayerInstaller.dmg file that is encrypted by using the SHA-256 algorithm. Nevertheless, the fake update comes signed by a non-existing person named Fajar Budiato and misuses an original Apple developer certificate coded 2L27TJZBZM. In addition, 27 AV engines find the fake Flash Player update file malicious.[3]

Name Tarmac virus
Also known OSX/Tarmac
Type Malware
Sub-type Trojan
Related file This malicious product appears on the system through the AdobeFlashPlayerInstaller.dmg file
OS-based Even though Windows OS is more commonly targeted by malware developers, this time hackers decided to release a trojan that infects macOS systems
Distribution The trojan virus is delivered via OSX/Shlayer.D malware that comes from the OSX/Shlayer.D family and is installed via fake Flash Player updates
Operations The malware might be capable of many things such as inserting other viruses, stealing private data, mining cryptocurrency, opening potentially infectious websites, etc.
Removal First, scan the system with powerful anti-virus to detect and get rid of the trojan horse. Additionally, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to find all modified elements and restore their health

Tarmac virus gets downloaded to a macOS system once OSX/Shlayer.D malware connects to a C&C server. Afterward, the malicious installation process begins and executes the trojan through this directory: by using administrative rights.

Continuously, Tarmac virus tries to get the victim to type in the administrator's password and if that is done, a fake Adobe Flash Player installer is displayed via WebView. Keep in mind that the trojan virus would be able to access the macOS nevermind if the password has been entered by the user himself or not. Tarmac trojan is coded to steal passwords, other login details, and supposedly storing the data on some type of remote server.

Tarmac trojanTarmac virus - a trojan that targets macOS computers

Furthermore, there are many dangerous tasks that can be carried by Tarmac virus later on. This malware might slightly increase the power of your CPU and GPU, damage some files or software that is found on your macOS, install other viruses and infections, run multiple damaging processes in the background.

Additionally, Tarmac virus might introduce itself by harvesting the credentials and personal data that you have stored on your computer system. Afterward, the information might be used for identity theft or you might discover some private detail put up for sale on the Dark Web as this technique remains to be a great income source for some hackers.

Nevertheless, Tarmac virus might get hold of your Apple ID passwords, take screenshots, gain access to your camera or microphone, forcibly open browser windows that will prompt you to download some camouflaged products that are truly hidden malware. Also, some trojans support cryptocurrency mining activity and run a specific module to collect Bitcoin, Lite coin or another type of digital currency on the infected PC by overusing its resources, including the CPU power.

If you ever spot this trojan in your macOS, you have to react immediately and remove Tarmac virus from the computer as soon as possible. If you do not really know if the malware has been hidden on your system, you can launch a thorough checkup with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or similar software to find out all the issues.

Tarmac removal should be performed only by using automatic removal software, otherwise, you can cause severe to your machine or its software. Additionally, you take some risks of missing crucial infection sources. If any type of malicious component remains on the system, the trojan virus can repeatedly appear on your computer after the next startup process.

Tarmac virus

Distribution tactics of trojan viruses

Trojan infections can be easily distributed through potentially unwanted programs such as adware. These odd apps might provide you with fake Adobe Flash Player installers that are known to include malware very often. Criminals like to camouflage their malware behind different app upgrades to give it a look of legitimacy.

You should keep all of your software regularly updated and always check on official reports about recently released updates. Continuously, include a strong antimalware program on your computer so that you will be informed if some type of camouflaged malware tries to sneak into your system unnoticed.

However, there are more ways of how trojan viruses might end up on your computer. These cyberthreats can be delivered through email spam that pretends to come from a reliable banking or healthcare-related organization. The malicious payload often comes inserted in an executable or word file that is attached to the bogus email message.

Last but not least, you should be aware of p2p sources such as The Pirate Bay or eMule as here you can get various cracked software and movies for free. Some criminals are likely to misuse these websites as they lack the required security.

Elimination guidelines for Tarmac virus on macOS 

Do NOT try to remove Tarmac virus or any other trojan horse, ransomware or a similar complicated threat on your own. There are numerous malicious components that can be spread all over the computer system. If you mix such a component with the legit file, you can run into more problems.

To get rid of infectious components, we recommend using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. Make sure you update these apps before a scan to see if they can find the threat completely. To complete the Tarmac removal process, employ Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Once the software finds virus damage for you you can continue with the automatical elimination.

According to experts from,[4] malware such as Tarmac trojan might be able to boot up automatically during every new computer startup process. This is the main reason why it is so important to eliminate all virus-related content at once. If you leave at least one infectious object, you might experience the same malware attack once you boot your PC again.

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To remove Tarmac virus, follow these steps:

Remove Tarmac using Safe Mode with Networking

Disable the malware by rebooting to Safe Mode with Networking. Use the following guide for that:

  • 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 Tarmac

    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 Tarmac removal.

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

Remove Tarmac using System Restore

To get a chance to run anti-virus, perform System Restore on your computer:

  • 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 Tarmac. 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 Tarmac removal is performed successfully.

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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