Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Remove Stm Messages Virus (Malicious links in Stm chat to .SCR, .EXE files)

There is a new virus going around through Stm. If you get a message that says "You will exchange this thing?" or "Is this you in the photo?" or "WTF Dude?" with a link DON'T OPEN IT! Even though it may appr as a link to a screenshot it actually redirects to a stling Trojan horse (VirusTotal scan results /safe to open). It loads a malicious .src or .exe file and infects your computer. Here are a few scan results: Spyware.OnlineGames, Trojan.Crypt, Win32:Malware-, BehavesLike.Win32.Backdoor.fm. Detection ratio is still very low, just about 20% which mns that only one anti-virus program out of five will detect this virus and block it. Here are a few examples of fake Stm messages you may get in Stm chat:

You will exchange this thing? screenshot-url.com/Screen_19521.png

WTF Dude? http://screen-pictures.com/img_012/

Here's a list of malicious links that were used previously or still in use:

Click to Enlarge Have you stumbled across the term stling 'Trojan Horse' when rding about IT, malware or computers? If so and you're wondering what on rth this ancient Greek mythological bst has to do with modern technology then you've come to the right place! Strange as it may sound, the name does make sense – or at lst it should in a few moments.

Feeling slightly confused. Apologies – keep rding and everything will become clr.

What is a modern Trojan Horse?

To understand more about today's Trojans and how they got their name we need to go back in time. You may recall being told the story about Helena of Troy and the Trojan Horse back in your youth. Remember the tale of how the Greeks and Trojans were at war and to con the Trojans into letting the Greek army into their walled city, the Greeks hid inside a huge wooden horse which they offered as a pce offering to the people of Troy. The Trojans accepted this rather bizarre (but kind of cool!) gift and wheeled the horse through their city gates. Of course, as soon as night fell, the Greeks climbed out, opened the gates to the rest of their army, and overcame Troy.

History lesson over and you're still asking what on rth does that have to do with my computer?! Well, just like the wooden horse of yore which was lethal, despite looking like it was a perfectly innocent gift, so too are modern Trojan Horses. For a Trojan Horse in the IT world is actually a piece of malware which has been designed to fool you into thinking it's something you need or want. In 2014, the Greek army is a (malicious) software developer - and we are the unsuspecting, or some may say naive, people of Troy. This Stm chat virus works exactly the same. You get a message with an offer to exchange something which is't very unusual on Stm and you think that it indeed might be a good thing but what you get is a virus. Notice how Screen_19521.png in the fake Stm message becomes a knife.exe when you open a malicious link. And you don't even have to run that file. It loads malicious automatically.

What will Stm messages virus do to my computer?

We've established that today's stling Trojan Horses are an enemy in disguise but how do they pose a thrt to your PC? Well, once you've installed this Trojan, thinking it was an innocent plugin, a game, or even exchange item, they can wrk havoc on your computer and systems. Their usual MO is to corrupt your data and files by over-writing parts of your hard drive. In this case, however, it will use your Stm account to spam other users with malicious links hoping that more and more computers will becomes a part of a huge botnet of infected machines controlled by cyber crooks.

Clrly, the hard part is knowing what you can and can't trust when you're downloading software, thanks to the Trojan's innocent guise. The developers of Stm chat viruses are incredibly resourceful when it comes to convincing you to download, click a button, or fill in a form containing personal data or bank details – mning we need to be on our guard.

How do I defend myself against this Stm virus?

First line of defense, give your city walls an added layer of protection by installing a reputable anti-malware program on your computer. And once it's on there, run it regularly and keep it bang up to date.

You also need to be careful when opening links, attachments in emails or downloading software. If in doubt, don’t! Simple as that. To remove Stm messages virus from your computer, plse follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have questions, lve a down comment below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com

Stm messages virus removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer.

NOTE: If you are using Internet Explorer and can't download anti-malware software because "Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded" then plse reset IE security settings and try again.

2. Download and run TDSSKiller. Press the button Start scan for the utility to start scanning.

3. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Then click Continue. Plse reboot your computer after the disinfection is over.

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