- 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
Sometimes malicious apps cannot do much on their own, and they work as supplements or components for other malware programs. For example, you might not even notice that you have Trojan.Xwo on your computer unless this Trojan is accompanied by a ransomware infection. Nevertheless, it is important that you remove Trojan.Xwo from your system and then terminate other potential threats. It is very likely that you will have to remove it along with MongoLock Ransomware. If it is only this Trojan that is active on your computer, then you are definitely lucky. To keep that stream of luck, be sure to invest in a powerful antispyware tool.
If it is your first time dealing with a malicious program, perhaps we should tell you a little bit more about Trojans in general. If you’ve heard the ancient story about the Troy Horse, perhaps you will have an inkling of what it entails to get infected with a Trojan. The point is that a Trojan is a type of malicious code or software that, at first glance, looks legitimate. However, the moment it enters the target system, it can take control of that system or its components. Depending on what it is designed to do, a Trojan can damage the system, steal information, or inflict harm on your personal information or your computer network.
So what is Trojan.Xwo designed to do? This software is designed to scan a target system for exposed web services and default passwords. In other words, it looks for the weak links in certain systems, as if “preparing” them for a more serious infection. If a default password or an exposed web service is detected, it is very likely that the exposed system will experience a range of malware attacks, trying to take it down. Therefore, it is necessary for individual and corporate users to protect their systems no matter what.
During our tests, we have found that once the Trojan is executed, it connects to the command and control server, which means that the infection connects to the internet without your permission. It may also bypass the firewall that you might have enabled on your computer. Depending on what is instructed by the C&C server, Trojan.Xwo will perform a few scans, go through the network range, looking for potential vulnerabilities. Later on, when the scan is complete, the Trojan sends the collected information back to the C&C server.
The type of information Trojan.Xwo collects includes the credentials that are used in FTP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Memcached, and MongoDB. It also collects data on PhpMyAdmin details, WWW backup paths, RealVNC Enterprise Direct Connect, and other important information. This is also one of the reasons why sometimes it is hard to pinpoint Trojans down. We all know that they are malicious and what not, but the things they do strongly depend on what kind of commands are issued via the C&C center. Thus, if Trojan.Xwo is employed by several malware infections; it could perform a series of malicious.
Our research team says that Trojan.Xwo is very likely related to the MongoLock Ransomware infection. In other words, if this Trojan slithers into a target system, it is very likely that this ransomware will soon follow. Also, it could be that both infections are developed by the same criminals, as they share similar code that is based on the Python programming language, and they have a similar C&C domain name. What’s more, some parts of this Trojan’s code can be found din the Xbash malware infection that is used to target Linux and Windows servers.
All it all, it seems that Trojan.Xwo is mostly used to target computer networks rather than individual desktops. Either way, this malicious infection still has to find its way into the target system somehow. It means that one has to be really careful about their web browsing habits, phishing scams, and all the random attachments files they receive. It wouldn’t be surprising if Trojan.Xwo used that to enter the target system.
Also, you might want to employ a powerful security tool to remove Trojan.Xwo from your computer, instead of resorting to manual removal. Not to mention that removing a Trojan infection manually could be a little bit too much for you if you are not a computer security specialist.
How to Remove Trojan.Xwo