Dridex virus launched the new spam delivering tactic
In 2014 Dridex virus caused financial damage to corporations in North America and Western Europe. The hackers stole about £20m from UK bank accounts. You can only imagine the amount of stolen money worldwide. Malware researchers have recently warned about the new spam wave launched by Dridex malware developers. It seems criminals are willing to thieve more money from corporations located in the Baltic countries. It’s a rather odd target because these countries are not strong economically compared with other nations in the Europe. The virus is known as successful online banking malware because it steals log-in details and passwords by redirecting victims to fraudulent bank websites. The fake site is created so professionally that victims rarely notice any difference. However, after the attack victims might see system errors or various warning notifications. If you have recently received a suspicious email from your bank and noticed decreased computer’s performance, you should scan your computer with reputable security program such as Reimage. There’s a huge possibility that your computer was infected with this malware. If it has happened, the anti-malware program will remove Dridex from the PC as well.
Dritex is not a first virus that targets banks and corporation. It is an updated version of Cridex Trojan. This kind of malware is designed to record bank information and passwords. It screenshots the screen of the victim’s computer and sends it to developer’s servers. Indeed, when criminals get this information they sooner or later empty victim’s bank account. Talking about technical Dritex malware features, it operates as Trojan and computer worm. Now it has adopted more sophisticated techniques and tactics for infiltrating more computers. It spreads via malicious RTR (Word Document) file. Unfortunately, many computer users still believe that Word files cannot be dangerous. It is believed that only .exe or other unknown file formats might be malicious. Virus mostly targets corporations, but ordinary computer users might be attacked as well. If you became a victim of this malware, you should not hesitate and initiate Dridex removal immediately.
How does the malware enter the system?
The Dridex malware spreads via malicious email attachments that have Macro commands. Developers pretend to be from banks or financial institutions and ask victims to open the attached file that is named as a safe looking Word document file. Indeed, if you receive an invoice from a bank you barely suspect something shady or dangerous. However, the Microsoft has increased the security and disabled files that contain macros. The easiest targets were computers where macros were automatically enabled because malware started downloading automatically. Overwise victims are asked to enable macros. If you receive this suspicious request, do not accept it and take a better look at an email and double check the information with your bank.
Recently, malware researchers noticed that Dridex virus spreads via RTF file. The file is protected with a password which is provided in the email. This method allows tricking email services and security programs because it becomes hard to scan and detect malicious code in the attachment. For this reason, an infected email is not delivered into a spam folder. The only way to protect your computer from Dridex hijack is to open suspicious emails and especially attached files carefully. Also, you should use the Internet wisely; avoid downloading questionable programs, clicking on suspicious content or using file sharing services.
Dridex virus elimination guide
To remove Dridex from your computer, it’s not enough to find and eliminate malware itself. The virus is capable of opening the backdoor for other malware and viruses, so it’s important to get rid of these malicious components as well. We do not recommend doing it manually because it’s a hard and tricky task. For Dridex removal you should employ a strong and powerful anti-malware program such as Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus. Security programs are designed to find and eliminate all malicious files from the computer.