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Danger level 8
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Parasite HTTP RAT

Parasite HTTP RAT is a Trojan that malicious attackers can control remotely. RAT stands for remote-access Trojan, after all. The distribution of this infection is very clandestine as attackers use misleading spam emails. The infection is introduced to users as a simple .doc file, and, of course, users are meant to download and open it without expecting anything bad to happen. According to our research team, when the user opens the file, macros needs to be enabled, and if the victim is tricked into doing that, the infection is silently downloaded from a remote location. The infection does not have an interface, and it does not open windows or show alerts. It is completely covert, and victims are likely to discover it only as they scan their systems. Have you discovered that you need to remove Parasite HTTP RAT from your operating system? If you have, we suggest that you delete this malicious threat as soon as possible.

It is currently unknown on what scale the malicious Parasite HTTP RAT spreads, but it is unlikely that it targets individual users. Instead, it appears to be targeted at larger organizations, for example, those in IT or healthcare industries. This has been discovered by analyzing the spam emails used for the distribution of this remote-access Trojan. The email is usually addressed to very specific targets, such as human resources or recruiting offices. The subject lines often refer to job application procedures, such as “application,” “my cv,” or “position.” The corrupted .doc attachment often has a misleading name that fits the theme, such as “cv.doc” or “my_cv.doc.” Without a doubt, if you ever receive an email message like that, you need to be cautious. If you are asked to enable macros, you should think twice before going through with it. If you are careless, the malicious HTTP RAT could slither in and initiate all kinds of malicious activities. For example, if the infection is not deleted in time, it could steal passwords.

According to our research team, Parasite HTTP RAT is powerful because it manages to slither in without alerting security systems, it can bypass Firewall, and it can use obfuscation techniques to keep itself invisible. If the infection stays undetected and unremoved, it can successfully recover passwords from browsers, instant messaging apps, and email clients. What can be done with these passwords? Cyber criminals can utilize them to take over your accounts and impersonate you. Unfortunately, this could be used for the distribution of malware, spam, and scam links or attachments. Therefore, if you know for a fact that you need to delete Parasite HTTP RAT from your operating system, there is at least one more thing you need to be cautious about: You need to think carefully if your accounts were not hijacked and exploited. After you remove the infection, immediately change the passwords to all of your accounts, and then check outgoing messages to see if misleading emails were not sent without your authorization.

If security software cannot identify and stop the malicious Parasite HTTP RAT, malware scanners might fail to warn you about this malicious threat too. So even if your system turns out to be clean after a scan, we suggest looking for malicious components listed in the guide below. If you can find these strange files, you want to remove them as soon as possible. Another option is to install a trusted anti-malware program that is ready to find and delete Parasite HTTP RAT. Unfortunately, different versions of this threat could emerge in the future, and so you want to make sure that you do your part as well. As you now know, opening spam emails or even regular-looking emails is not something you should do frivolously. You need to exercise the same caution when you download software, open files, click on links, interact with ads, and do other things that cyber criminals could use to execute malware. Hopefully, you can fend for yourself, but you should invest in reliable security software to keep you and your system guarded, which is why we strongly recommend installing it as soon as possible.

Parasite HTTP RAT Removal

  1. Tap Win+E on the keyboard to access Windows Explorer.
  2. Enter %TEMP% at the top to access this directory.
  3. Look for folders with long random names, such as GVjAEFBnVnCI3L8cJm4O, and Delete them if you are sure they do not belong to legitimate and harmless programs.
  4. Check these directories using Explorer to check for suspicious .DOC and .EXE files with random names:
    • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
    • %TEMP%
  5. If you find unfamiliar files, right-click and Delete them.
  6. Enter %APPDATA% at the top of Explorer.
  7. Delete a malicious .exe file with a random name (e.g., IOWVATDVBB.exe).
  8. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA% at the top.
  9. Delete a malicious folder with a random name (e.g., devrew).
  10. Enter %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\ at the top.
  11. Delete a malicious shortcut file with a random name (e.g., devrew.lnk).
  12. Once you think all malicious components are eliminated, Empty Recycle Bin.
  13. Run a full system scan using a legitimate malware scanner to check for leftovers.
  14. If your system is clean, immediately replace all sensitive passwords that might have been recorded.
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