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Remove Zeus Panda virus (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2020

removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as Panda Banker | Type: Trojans

Zeus Panda is a multi-functional banking trojan that targets numerous countries around the world, although exempts Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan

Zeus Panda virus

Zeus Panda virus is a trojan horse developed for data-stealing purposes. As apparent from the name, it comes from  Zeus malware, and was first spotted making rounds in Brazil in 2016. It infiltrates systems with the help of sophisticated infection pattern that employs exploit kits (such as Angler, Sundown, Neutrino, etc.), malspam campaigns, fake updates, and drive-by-downloads.[1] Once inside, Zeus Panda virus performs numerous system changes, and can sometimes remain undetected by AV engines and sandbox environments[2] due to its evasion techniques. Zeus Panda virus is capable of performing man-in-the-middle,[3] keystroke logging, and form grabbing attacks. Additionally, the malware has a capability of leaving the host before starting the infection if the keyboard code is set to Russian, Belarussian, Ukranian, or Kazakh.

Name Zeus Panda virus
Type Banking Trojan
Also known as Panda Banker Trojan
Infiltration Exploit kits, drive-by-downloads, malspam, fake updates, etc.
Peculiarities Keeps the main Zeus virus code; employs various capabilities of such trojans like Emotet,[4] Hancitor, Godzilla and others
Mostly affected areas  Virus mainly targets countries with a high GDP
Detection and elimination Use anti-malware software
Recovery To recover from virus damage, download and install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Before installing itself on the system, Panda Banker Trojan performs language checks and aborts the installation in case the system uses aforementioned language as default. Next, the Trojan checks whether there are any analysis tools running on the system.

Zeus Panda Banking Trojan enrolls each infected host into a botnet and assigns a unique bot ID per computer. It also creates a special registry key to assign itself as a startup program (making it possible to activate itself during each computer boot).

The main objectives of this banking Trojan are:

  • Steal login information for victim’s bank accounts, social media accounts, and any other online accounts the victim uses;
  • Generate fraudulent transactions and steal money from victim’s bank account.

To achieve these goals, the malware employs web injects that insert HTML codes into network traffic of a web browser. Panda Banking virus mainly targets Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, MicrosoftEdge and Panda processes to inject itself in.

Zeus Panda Banker malwareZeus Panda virus (also known as Panda Banker) is a malicious variant of Zeus Trojan that steals victim's private data and uses it to make fraudulent transactions via victim's bank account.

Zeus Panda virus intercepts the traffic of an Internet browser and modifies the content of websites displayed in the browser.

Experts agree that Zeus Panda removal is a highly complicated task because this virus is apparently a product of very experienced malware developers. It uses advanced obfuscation techniques and tries to evade elimination at all costs. Besides, it stays on the compromised computer without showing any signs of existence, allowing it to steal private information for months or years.

If you suspect that your machine has been endangered by the described variant of Zeus virus, we highly recommend you to remove Zeus Panda malware as soon as you can. After the elimination, you should scan your PC with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to remove virus damage done to the device, such as broken Windows Registry keys.

The virus will grab your credentials and other sensitive information without any doubts and send it directly to cybercriminals, says team[5]. Consequently, you might have to deal with problems such as identity theft or financial loss.

Distribution of Panda Trojan

Researchers from Proofpoint[6] suggest that this Trojan spreads via malicious spam and at least three exploit kits including Angler EK, Nuclear EK, and Neutrino EK. Analysts point out that criminals behind the Trojan employed geo-filtering to target Australia and UK banks mainly.

Speaking of the malicious spam campaigns, there are two of them. The first one spreads a tricky Word document that downloads a gert.exe file from 78.128.92[.]31. The spam campaign is aimed at mass media and manufacturing companies, and it leverages CVE-2014-1761 and CVE-2012-0158 vulnerabilities.

The second campaign also spreads compromised Word documents. During this campaign, a small number of employees working at financial companies were targeted. The malicious attachment downloads Godzilla loader which then downloads Panda Banker (panda.dat).

Panda Zeus trojanPanda Zeus is one of the most prolific cyberthreats that can steal banking credentials and send them to a remote server, accessible only by crybercriminals.

Recently, the criminals behind this Trojan started using BlackHat SEO techniques to position compromised web pages at the top of Google search results. Consequently, people searching for information related to banks or financial information would get results with malicious pages shown in the top positions.

After clicking on such search result, the victim would get redirected to deceptive sites suggesting to download a compromised Word document that contains Zeus Panda payload.

Remove Zeus Panda Banker

It is extremely hard to remove Zeus Panda virus, so do not even try to look for the Trojan’s components manually. Even eyes of an experienced computer technician can hardly notice the activity of this virus, so you will have to scan your computer with an automatic malware detection software in order to locate it and eliminate it securely.

Please use the instructions provided below to perform a safe boot and begin Zeus Panda removal. The sooner you will remove the virus, the better. Do not forget to change all your passwords and inform your bank about this virus as possible risks associated with your account to protect yourself from financial loss.

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To remove Zeus Panda virus, follow these steps:

Remove Zeus Panda using Safe Mode with Networking

To eliminate Zeus Panda Banker, restart your computer in Safe Mode and carefully follow instructions provided below. You will need to root out the Trojan from your computer safely and ensure that it didn't leave any of its components. If this method won't help you to remove the banking malware from your system, use alternative System Restore method instead.

  • 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 Zeus Panda

    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 Zeus Panda removal.

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

Remove Zeus Panda 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 Zeus Panda. 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 Zeus Panda removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Zeus Panda 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 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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