- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
AdvisorsBot is one of those malicious infections that users do not even notice at first. It is a Trojan, and Trojans usually enter target systems stealthily, pretending to be something they are not. Although Trojans can cause a lot of damage on their own, they can also be used as components for more dangerous malware infections. Therefore, your job right now is to remove AdvisorsBot from your system as soon as possible. While you are at it, you should also scan your system looking for other infections because it is very likely that several dangerous programs attacked your computer at the same time.
Although this program may enter your system surreptitiously, you still need to trigger the installation. So we have to know how this program spreads around so we could counter the infection before it even reaches us. As far as our research shows, AdvisorsBot usually spreads through spam emails. Spam emails that distribute this Trojan come with attachments. These attachments look like regular MS Word document files, and they do not look suspicious at all. However, in order to open those files, you are asked to either enable macros or to enable “secure” content. Whichever it might be, if a document received from an unknown party requires you to enable something, it is the first sign of suspicious activity.
You can clearly avoid installing AdvisorsBot if you deleted all the spam emails no questions asked. Also, sometimes it looks like those files that reach you via spam emails might really be important, but don’t forget that you can scan them with a security tool of your choice, and if the security tool notices something wrong about those files, you can delete them immediately.
Nevertheless, if AdvisorsBot manages to enter your system and you enable macros, this Trojan starts working. The good news is that it doesn’t drop any additional files, so there’s less to remove, but it runs all of its commands through the PowerShell, and that is something that a regular user may not be familiar with.
When AdvisorsBot starts working, it takes a screenshot and uses the Base64 code to encode it. Then it extracts the Microsoft Outlook account details and runs several system commands. The point is that this Trojan is a very intrusive infection, and it runs in the system background silently, so it is hard to notice that it is there in the first place.
Also, AdvisorsBot might perform all sorts of things on your computer, and it could be exploited by malevolent third parties to steal sensitive information or download more malware onto your computer. For example, it wouldn’t be surprising if AdvisorsBot downloaded ransomware onto your system, too. Hence, it is vital that you run regular computer scans with a licensed antispyware tool. Since it is not that easy to spot this Trojan with a “naked eye” so to speak, you should employ a powerful security application that would inform you about potential threats lurking in your system.
AdvisorsBot can also be considered a downloader Trojan, and so it can be used in multiple malware campaigns. The campaigns that make use of the AdvisorsBot Downloader Trojan are known to have been targeting hotels, restaurants, and telecom-sector victims. So it’s not just about individual desktop computers anymore. It is far more likely that this Trojan will hit corporate systems with the intention to steal as much information and money as possible.
This means that businesses have to invest more in cybersecurity if they want to avoid the likes of AdvisorsBot. Also, it is necessary to educate your employees and teach them how to deal with spam content. Namely, you need to tell them to delete files that ask them to “enable content” immediately.
As for the AdvisorsBot removal, you just need to delete the files that could be responsible for launching the infection. If you do not know which file is responsible for the loading this infection, scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner, and a full system scan will locate all the potential threats. You can also delete AdvisorsBot automatically. At the same time, you can terminate all the other threats, if they are present. Do not hesitate to do everything you can to protect your system from harm.
How to Remove AdvisorsBot