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Before you do anything stupid, please read this
Obviously, this offer is swindling.
And as such it is dangerous for you !
table of contents
- What it does
- And then what ?
- What can we do ?
- "I installed it, but I'm okay"
- "OMG my brother did it !"
- I did not download/run that exe file, am I safe ?
- Connected Viruses/Malware/Adware identified
- Personal investigations
- Any reasonable browser should not be able to execute a downloaded file without warning you before (and the "plugin" stuff is AFAIK only fake div displayed as part of the internet webpage, then not harmful)
- I have heard of other more sophisticated attacks like buffer overflowing and stuff, but I'm not competent enough to tell you if there is such a threat. Then consider you are not safe until someone can tell us whether there is such a potential threat.
- Identified by Emsisoft as Trojan.MSIL.Spy.Agent.AMN (A)
- Identified by Fortinet as MSIL/Agent.HG!tr.spy
- Identified by ESET-NOD32 as a variant of MSIL/Spy.Agent.HG
- Identified by many other malware detectors as Trojan.GenericKD.966175
- This is a serious threat
- This is a Trojan, which means it is a malicious software spying your computer and sending (or giving access to) this data to malicious people. See the Internet Holy Bible for reference.
- Some antivirus are free. See the Mighty Source of all Truth for reference.
- Fresh news here thanks to ~krisiskiller101 investigations !
- He was able to get rid of it using MalwareBYTES
- He confirmed that RASMan service was up on his computer. Though, this service is not supposed to be harmful and might have been up before. It might also be part of the trojan attack that was not turned back up by the fix because it is not harmful alone.
- Thanks for the info !
- seems to be a recent version of wellknown adware iBryte
- Only comodo antimalware seems to identify it. Maybe ESET-NOD32 too.
- Be very careful as searching for "iBryte.H removal" can lead to spywareprotectiontool.com which is a malicious website giving you malware instead of solutions
- You can find instructions for this adware removal, searching for "iBryte removal", but I don't know if they would work with this version of the adware (please, tell us if you have any success with one of these procedure)
- Optimum Installer (fs)
- Might be a wrong positive
- There is plenty of removal instruction tutorials (please, tell us if you have any success with one of them)
- It mess up your registry in a theatrical way
- It probably affects the download manager associated with your web browser
- It probably affects the toolbars in your web browser
- Writes 'test' everywhere in the registry
- Mess up with your ie cache
- Creates files
- Create an executable file named "D2M-Precheck.exe", hidden in "C:\Document and settings\Your_User_Name\Local Settings\Temp"
- Create an executable file named "check_offer_rp.dll", hidden in "C:\Document and settings\Your_User_Name\Local Settings\Temp"
- Create copies of these two files in a subdirectory of "C:\Document and settings\Your_User_Name\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\"
- Runs the created exe file, which in turn spoils your computer :
- Creates a new "exe" file named "Impressioner.exe" along with a "System.Data.SQLite.dll" and "imp.dat" files, hidden at the same place : "C:\Document and settings\Your_User_Name\Local Settings\Temp"
- Transfers data through internet with following addresses
- cdn.install.oibundles2.com (the only thing done here is downloading the dll file stated before)
- Probably displays advertising
- There is at least 2 scripts, now : mix.js and nr.js (second one only fav without leaving a comment)
- There is at least two messages spreading this sh*t
- It seems I was totally wrong thinking that infected people were spreading those messages. It is more probably bots registering and posting every x seconds
"\x61" is just another way to write "a" (ISO hexadecimal encoding)
is just written words. Script actually.
Once translated, this script does one thing : it includes a bigger, more elaborated script as being part of the DA page.
This script can be found here :
This script will now be able to act in your name
Note that this script is NOT hosted by deviantart.com website. It is a foreign website, hosted in Cameroon (Africa), in such a way that the smugglers can't be found by regular simple investigations. They are hiding, and hiding well.
This new script does something else.
For now (but it might change) :
It simulates click on the "Fave" button.
document.getElementById("commentbody").value="It actually works! Wohoooooooo! Thanks!";
It writes (in your name) a fake comment saying "It actually works! Wohoooooooo! Thanks!".
setTimeout("document.getElementsByClassName('ll f').click()", 100);
It programs something that will hide this actions by reopening the comment area once it is posted.
document.getElementsByClassName("smbutton smbutton-blue smbutton-big comment-submit").click();
It validates the comment (in you name).
alert('DeviantART: Welcome to deviantART\'s Points Generator! You will be redirected to our generator. Click OK to proceed')
It programs a redirection to their website and displays an alert that says "DeviantART: Welcome to deviantART\'s Points Generator! You will be redirected to our generator. Click OK to proceed"
And then you wont get any DA points, indeed. I bet you guessed yet…
Instead, they will say to you "Oh, you don't have this so great plugin, come and download it !", launch the download anyway. And this is where you get screwed if you are gullible enough to run an executable file from a random site hidden in Cameroon…
I don't know (yet) what this exe file does. But I know what it could do.
First of it might be (and probably is) a security breach on your computer. Trojan, virus, remote agent…
Which in turn could be aimed at several things : spreading this publication so that other get screwed, stealing personal information (such as payment card numbers), using your computer as a proxy for networks attacks…
If you already downloaded the file, please, be very careful. Use antiviral detection and malware removal on your computer now, and in a few days. Firewall protection is a must have.
The malware might steal your "cookie" too. This means that your password might be compromised. Actually not only for deviantArt.
For now, we can try to warn and inform people.
Try to make them stop spreading this stupid hoax.
If you have any idea of what more to do, please, comment.
Are you so very sure of this ? FYI, virustotal.com ran a virus detection on the exe file using 45 antivirus and states that only 3 of the 45 antivirus he tested found a threat.
Report can be found here : see the virustotal report
Now, do as you want.
As far as I know
Thus I would say that as far as I know, you should be relatively safe, but I also know that this is a huge field and that I'm no pro. So you should consider being careful, and having antiviral + firewall protection up to date on your computer (as everyone else).
One or several of these malwares might have been dropped on you computer if you had this exe file run on your computer :
I don't have a packed solution. And I won't probably have time enough to investigate thoroughly this stuff.
Yet, I found some hints, by diving modestly into this sh*t. I share it for people that it might help.
This program does the following :
Be careful : this is not an exhaustive list. And all that is listed above is not necessarily harmful (e.g. SQLite.dll is just a database they use, not a virus itself, probably). Do not edit your Registry if you don't know exactly what you are doing.
Moreover, I have no idea on what this "impressioner.exe" does. Then there might be a lot more mess to clean. By the way, if you were infected and are able to find this file, please, consider sending a copy of it to me.
-edit- Okay, it will be hard to find this file on your drive : this file "does something" (including turning up RASMAN Service) and deletes itself. This is really not comforting.
This said, and with no guarantee of any kind, "do it at your own risks" and stuff, I think that you can safely delete the exe and dll files mentioned above. It might get you rid of part of the infection.
If you have more information or if you can teach me something on this kind of investigations, please, contact me, I will update.
This information might even be wrong depending on your OS and configuration !
Thank for reading.