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Manual Removal Guide for Win32.PWSteal

June 25th, 2018
The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "Win32.PWSteal" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:

Categories:

  • trojan

Description:

Win32.PWSteal is a Trojan which tries to collect credential information. Once run it copies itself into the profiles directory and creates an autorun entry for that file. Variants of this Trojan use UPX runtime compression to avoid detection.

Removal Instructions:

Autorun:

Please use Spybot-S&D, RunAlyzer or msconfig.exe to remove the following autorun entries.

  • Entries named "Equity Office Properties Trust" and pointing to "<$APPDATA>\Equity Office Properties Trust\Equity Office Properties Trust.exe".
  • Entries named "firefox" and pointing to "?<$APPDATA>\firfox\firfox.exe?".

Important: There are more autorun entries that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.

Files:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files.

  • The file at "<$APPDATA>\firfox\firfox.exe".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If Win32.PWSteal uses rootkit technologies, use the rootkit scanner integrated into Spybot-S&D 2.x or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files!

Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.

Folders:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these folders.

  • The directory at "<$APPDATA>\Equity Office Properties Trust".
  • The directory at "<$APPDATA>\firfox".
  • The directory at "<$APPDATA>\Windata".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If Win32.PWSteal uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify folders!

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,

  1. Please read these instructions before requesting assistance,
  2. Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.