Do you know what DanaBot is?
DanaBot falls under the classification of Trojans, which means it is a threat that enters the system without the user’s permission. The malware does not harm any files located on the infected device or make the system crash, but still, it is considered to be extremely dangerous. Our computer security specialists say it could record and steal various information obtained while the victim is surfing the Internet or working on his computer. As you realize, the consequences of leaving it unattended could be hazardous, and if you suspect the Trojan might be on your computer, you should get rid of it as fast as possible. To make this task easier we prepared a removal guide, you will see if you slide below the article. However, if you want to get to know DanaBot better, it might be a good idea to read our full article first.
First of all, we should say the malware is said to be spread only in Australia, so users from other countries should not encounter it. Besides, it is important to know it could be distributed through malicious documents delivered via emails. Our computer security specialists report DanaBot’s victims should be asked to launch such files by clicking links displayed inside the emails. Because of this, we recommend paying more attention to emails containing attachments or asking to open or download files by clicking provided links. Some fake emails look somewhat realistic and legit, but before doing what the letter may ask you to do it would be wise to check the sender's email and look for clues suggesting it might be fictitious, e.g., grammar mistakes, random characters, and so on. If you still have doubts, you could employ a search engine and look for information on the sender’s email or contents of the email. Obviously, if the email appears to be malicious, you should get rid of it with no hesitation.
Soon after DanaBot enters the system, it should place a .dll file with a title from random numbers (e.g., 02879188.dll) in the %ALLUSERSPROFILE% location. Also, Our computer security specialists noticed it could create a folder from random numbers and letters, for example, E11BE98A. After completing these tasks, the Trojan may concentrate on its primary function, which is spying on the user and gathering valuable, sensitive data for its creators. Such data could be recorded without the user suspecting anything. The collected data might be stored on the malware’s remote server from which the creators of the malicious application could quickly reach it or download it. Sadly, there are a lot of ways the hackers might use the information they manage to steal, for example, it could be sold on the dark web or used for scamming the user. Clearly, one way or the other if the DanaBot’s creators obtain your data it is terrible news and to stop them from gathering even more sensitive information you should delete it right away.
Probably, the easiest way to eliminate the banking Trojan and ensure it gets erased permanently is to scan the computer with a reputable antimalware tool. This way the chosen tool would identify malicious data belonging to DanaBot and the user could delete it all at the same time. Nevertheless, if you think you can manage and wish to remove it annually, you could try the instructions available a bit below this paragraph, although we cannot promise they will work in every case.
- Press Windows Key+E.
- Check the listed locations:
- Find questionable executable files belonging to the malware.
- Right-click malicious executable files and press Delete.
- Navigate to %ALLUSERSPROFILE%
- Look for a folder with a title from random numbers and letters (e.g., E11BE98A).
- Right-click the suspicious folder and choose Delete.
- Stay on the same directory and find a malicious .dll file (e.g., 02879188.dll).
- Right-click this file and press Delete.
- Leave File Explorer.
- Empty your Recycle bin.
- Restart the system.
In non-techie terms:
DanaBot is a vicious Trojan that can help the hackers behind it see who you are emailing or chatting with, or for example, obtain sensitive information about your banking account. Clearly, in the hands of scammers, such information could be used to trick the user, or it might be sold to other interested parties. Thus, this malicious application may pose a considerable threat to your privacy. If you opened any suspicious links sent via email and think the Trojan might have entered the system, we would recommend deleting it at once. More experienced users could try to eliminate it manually while following the removal guide available a bit above this text. Nonetheless, our computer security specialists say it might be safer to employ a reputable antimalware tool instead. The problem with the threat’s deletion is it could be a few slightly different versions of it, and each of it could enter the computer by creating different data. Knowing it we cannot guarantee the provided removal guide will work for everyone and if you do not want to take any risks, it might be easier to pick a security tool you can trust.