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Remove Varenyky virus (Free Instructions) - Removal Guide

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Trojans

Varenyky virus – spam email campaign that distributes malware on French-based devices via infected Microsoft Word documents

Varenyky virus

Varenyky virus is the trojan that targets French people and records victims' screen. This is a particular malware that captures screenshots while the pornographic content sites are visited and records keywords you search related to sex and adult material. Although sextortion scams[1] are commonly found threats, this particular campaign involves spambot trojan that collects particular information.

It is known that Varenyky trojan mainly targets people living in France and sends the recorded videos to the C&C server and spreads blackmailing messages to people. This is how criminals get their profit while extorting money from victims. Scammers send emails with alleged invoices and bills or notifications and spread on the machines, delivers redirects to dodgy sites, promotions and sextortion campaigns. The main target is users of Orange S.A, a French ISP.

Name Varenyky virus
Type Trojan, spambot, screen recorder
Symptoms  Infiltrates the system and records screenshots, videos while the user browser adult sites with keywords porn, xxx, sex, sexy, facial, webcams, lesbo, etc.
Tactics Social engineering, sextortion, infected files
Main danger  Can install other tools like WebBrowserPassView or Mail PassView and steal passwords, other sensitive data
System affected  Windows operating system
Targets French-speaking people
Distribution Spam emails, software cracks, fake updates, infected files
Elimination Remove Varenyky virus with anti-malware tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner

Varenyky virus has a few functions, one of them is language checker and analyzer. This is a tool that identifies the location and executes the malware in particular countries. It even locates particular keyboards with English or Russian keyboard layouts and delivers a message stating about the program termination. 

Varenyky virus focuses on French-speaking victims and runs on the targeted system from the second it gets installed. It downloads an executable file that launches the malware, later on, downloads different EXE and replaces the initial executable.

Varenyky trojan also creates a few hidden folders or a hidden desktop to run tasks unnoticed, extracts NirSoft’s WebBrowserPassView and Mail PassView, runs them and sends the results to the C&C server that manages other functions of this spambot.

The spike in such activities got observed back in May, but the malware targeting France was analyzed and the more recent reposts about Varnyky virus shows much more details about the particular spambot.[2] The most significant feature is the malspam campaign during which notifications pretending to have bills or invoices spread malicious attachments in Word documents.

Varenyky spambot
Varenyky virus is the virus that targets French people with spam campaigns.

The trojan Varenyky scans the particular web browser window and check the title of the opened site to find porn-related words on French, or even bitcoin int the title. Other porn-related words – also the content that malware looks for. All those words are triggers for the screen recording activities. The Tor network downloaded at first helps to execute the screen grabber feature that sends the sensitive video to the same C&C server.

This is the material that allows Varenyky virus developers later on to extort money and blackmail people. Sextortion helps these cybercriminals to profit from the victims. Stolen banking information, sensitive data, and password recording features also can help monetize the malware activity.

You need to remove Varenyky virus until your information got shared or used in later extortion and blackmail campaigns. Trojan infections and malware attacks like this can lead to various damage, virus infiltrations, and even privacy issues if you keep the threat running.

Varenyky virus removal requires more attention because, as we mentioned, there are too many features, files, and programs, this trojan loads on the infected computer. You should rely on the professional anti-malware tool and run the check of the whole system to find these alterations, virus damage.

When Varenyky virus termination and system scan involves tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner your device can be significantly improved because all the useless files, malicious programs get deleted during such processes. So choose the reliable programs, anti-malware tool, and clean the machine.

Varenyky virus trojan
Varenyky virus is the Windows malware strain that infects the PC and sends out spam campaigns besides the screen recording function.

Malware sent via email when the downloader is attached as a file

Phishing email campaign distribution is a common method, and since the trojan is one of the more dangerous threats based on the silent infiltration, the typical technique is used here too. Malicious operators use the method to spread infected file on the victim's computer by attaching the document to the legitimate-looking notification.

The virus downloader gets triggered by opening the attachment file and downloading that Microsoft Word document on the targeted machine. The particular document states about a formed bill, and once the document gets opened a message about the protection and needed verification appears.

This alert explains that this human verification is needed to open the confidential content. However, this file contains malicious macros, and by enabling them, you execute the malicious script. The quality of the French language, according to experts[3] is exceptional, so the email and the document is convincing enough to make people fall for the scam.

Varenyky virus elimination involves the full system cleaning

Varenyky virus gets installed on the machine by using various methods, so the malware can run on the system and change different settings on the computer. Because of this, trojan runs on the system without users' notice, so it is worth it to employ professional anti-malware tools.

To remove Varenyky virus, you should get a trustworthy anti-malware program and scan the system thoroughly. This way, all the related files, documents, viruses get detected, indicated, and removed automatically. There is additional language checker, other executables that need to be found and deleted, so the trojan is no longer running in the background.

Using Reimage Reimage Cleaner , SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes for the automatic Varenyky virus removal can improve the overall performance of the infected machine because other programs, fake software or PUPs get deleted during this full system check. You need to follow the suggested steps and pay attention to all the malware detected and removed.

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To remove Varenyky virus, follow these steps:

Remove Varenyky using Safe Mode with Networking

Get rid of the Varenyky trojan during the anti-malware scan via reboot into the 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 Varenyky

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

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

Remove Varenyky using System Restore

You may benefit from System Restore feature and eliminate the malware this way

  • 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 Varenyky. 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 and make sure that Varenyky removal is performed successfully.

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

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Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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