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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

BlackWorm RAT

BlackWorm RAT is a remote access tool that can help cybercriminals perform their illegal acts. It is a Trojan infection that was created a few years ago, but it can still be used in various malicious campaigns. Although you can remove BlackWorm RAT from your computer manually, it would be for the best to terminate this infection automatically with a security tool of your choice. What’s more, this way, you will be able to locate and remove all the other potential threats that have entered your system. As you might now, dangerous infections seldom travel alone.

BlackWorm RAT goes back all the way to 2014 when this infection was supposedly used by the Syrian Malware Team. The infection was associated with the hacker group that was thought to be closely related to the Syrian government. These assumptions were made because one of their banners featured Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Does that mean that only one hacker group used this Trojan? Most definitely not. It is very common for someone to create a malware infection, and then for other developers to tweak it or to edit it.

As far as the origins of BlackWorm RAT are concerned, it is known that the very first versions of this infection were created by Naser Al Mutairi from Kuwait. This developer is also known for having coded other remote access tools Fallaga and Spygate. As BlackWorm RAT evolved, another developer, Black Mafia, also joined the development process. Like this, the infection went through several development stages, and it was distributed among underground development forums. Although by now the original developer has allegedly stopped all of the malware development activities, BlackWorm RAT can still be found as an open-source project. Our research team says that eventually, the project was abandoned with the latest version of BlackWorm RAT being v6.0.

Now that we know a little bit about the history of this infection, perhaps we should take a look at its functions. Our research team has found that BlackWorm RAT is a rather simple application. When someone acquires the infection, there aren’t that many configuration options to go through. You are only allowed to enter the IP address for the command and control (C2) server. Afterwards, the Trojan can perform a number of functions, depending on what the person controlling it wants it to do. So, let’s see what BlackWorm RAT can do to get a better picture of where it could be applied.

First, it can check whether the victim is online. After that, it can access the target system and drop a malicious payload. It can also send files over the network to its C2, and receive more files and run them on the target system. In other words, it might install more malware on your computer if it manages to remain on it for a longer period of time. It might also hide its presence by killing important Windows processes, and it can also take over some of the system functions because it can restart and shutdown your system.

If that weren’t enough, BlackWorm RAT might also make it harder for you to remove it because it can disable Task Manager, stop you from using Registry Tools, and system restore. At the end of the day, it all depends on what the owner wants this infection to do. Also, computer security experts agree that it is hard to determine who uses malware.

Since Trojan infections are hard to spot, it is vital to run regular system scans with powerful security tools. If this infection escalates and BlackWorm RAT takes over some of the system controls, removing it might prove to be a challenge.

As mentioned, you can remove BlackWorm RAT manually, and we have removal guidelines for that below. On the other hand, if you want to get rid of this infection efficiently, you can invest in a security tool that will do the job for you automatically. What’s more, an antispyware program of your choice will look for other potential threats that might be residing in your system, and it will remove them all, too. Thus, you have to do everything in your power to terminate the dangerous programs and protect your system.

How to Remove BlackWorm RAT

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type %TEMP% into the Open box. Click OK.
  3. Remove the SvcHostA.exe file.
  4. Scan your PC with SpyHunter.
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