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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel


Lebal is not a nice program computer users can keep active on their systems. Instead, it is a nasty Trojan that is usually spread disguised as an important message from FedEx. It has been observed that it primarily targets universities, private companies, and governmental organizations, but, of course, we cannot give any guarantees that it will never affect ordinary users’ computers. It should be emphasized that Trojans are sneaky malicious applications that manage to enter systems unnoticed easily, so the chances are high that it would take some time for users to find out about Lebal presence on their computers if it ever shows up on their systems without their knowledge. If you suspect that Lebal could have infiltrated your computer too, you should check %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, and %TEMP% folders. If you can locate unknown .exe files there, there is a chance that this malicious software is active on your computer. Since it is usually quite a challenge to detect harmful software, it would be best to use a diagnostic antimalware scanner to check whether malware is active on the system. If it turns out that Lebal is installed on your computer, eliminate this threat from your computer as soon as possible.

Cyber criminals have developed and now use Lebal to access users’ secrets. Specifically speaking, it is mainly used to collect information about users. The first thing this threat does after infiltrating users’ computers successfully is checking the version of the OS running on affected systems. Then, it finds out what programs are installed on these computers. Once these details are recorded, it goes to steal private data from victims’ web browsers, e.g. cookies. On top of that, it tries to steal credentials from FTP clients. Last but not least, it might try to access cryptocurrency (e.g. Bitcoin) wallets. In general, it records all valuable details it finds on compromised machines and then, as has been observed, sends collected data to its Command and Control (C&C) server so that cyber criminals could access it. It is hard to say what crooks behind Lebal are going to do with the gathered data, but the chances are high that they will use it for malicious and/or fraudulent purposes. They might even expensively sell it on the black market, specialists working at say. In other words, the successful entrance of Lebal might result in a bunch of privacy-related problems. Research has shown that this Trojan might be able to hide itself from antimalware tools and OS defense means, so crooks might already have some personal details in their hands when you find out about the presence of this Trojan on your computer.

Lebal is one of those malicious applications that infiltrate computes illegally, but users are the ones who contribute to their entrance. Specifically speaking, it is spread via phishing emails disguised as important messages from FedEx. The malicious message contains a link that looks like an ordinary link on Google Drive, so it is not at all surprising that users fearlessly click it and end up with Trojan on their computers. Once the user clicks on the malicious link, the attacker’s website with the malicious .exe file (Lebal copy.exe) opens. Since the website opened looks secure and the malicious file itself looks like an ordinary Adobe Acrobat document at first glance, they download this file fearlessly. It is definitely not easy to prevent malicious software from entering the system in all the cases, so there must be a powerful antimalware tool installed on all computers connected to the Internet, our security specialists say. As long as it is kept active, malicious applications could not find a way to enter these computers unnoticed.

Since Lebal is a nasty malicious application used to collect personal information about victims, it must be deleted as soon as possible if it turns out that you have it active on your computer. We cannot promise that it will be very easy to get rid of it manually because the exact location of malicious .exe files it drops is unknown. Do not worry, it is not a huge problem if you cannot locate them yourself because you can still eliminate the malicious application from your system – you just need to use an automated malware remover.

How to remove Lebal

  1. Open Explorer (tap Win+E).
  2. Open %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, and %TEMP% folders.
  3. Check all files they contain and delete unknown .exe files that might be associated with Lebal.
  4. Empty Recycle bin.
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