What is Plurox?

In this text, we discuss a malicious application called Plurox that falls under the category of backdoor. The research shows it may allow attackers not only to gain access to a victim’s computer but also to its network and other devices on it. However, our researchers say the malware looks for systems vulnerable to a particular exploit that was first misused a couple of years ago. Since this weakness has been patched already, we do not think a lot of computers could be still vulnerable to such attacks. Naturally, if you do encounter it, we recommend reading our report so you would know how it works and what you should do to erase Plurox from your system. As for step by step removal instructions, we offer the instructions placed at the end of this page.

Where does Plurox come from?

As explained in the previous paragraph, Plurox attacks systems that are vulnerable to a particular exploit. It is named Eternal Blue, and if you have heard of a vicious ransomware application known as WannaCry, you probably know about it. The exploit worked on most Windows versions as they had the same vulnerability. Luckily, Microsoft was able to patch it, and emergency updates were released after the first WannaCry attacks that happened in 2017. Users were urged to download the needed patch, but it is possible some might still not have it. If you are one of them, we advise you to get the required update with no hesitation. Additionally, to avoid threats alike, our researchers at recommend employing a legitimate antimalware tool as well as keeping your operating system and other programs up to date.

How does Plurox work?

If it manages to enter a computer, Plurox should place a couple of executable files in the %ALLUSERSPROFILE% and %APPDATA% folders. Such data could be named randomly, so it might be easier to find it by scanning the mentioned directories with a legitimate antimalware too of your choice. Next, the malware should establish a connection to its server from which the malware should download data it needs. To be more accurate, the backdoor ought to download three plugins that could be named miner, UPnP, and SMB.

Our researchers claim all of them have a particular purpose. For instance, the plugin called miner should be used to mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoins. The other two plugins are most likely needed to attack the local network a targeted computer could belong to and to continue distributing Plurox to other network’s devices. While the threat might be used to mine cryptocurrencies, for now, it does not mean it cannot gain more functionality and become even more dangerous with time. Someone mining cryptocurrencies with your system might not sound that bad compared to threats that damage devices or data on them. Still, it is not good for your computer as it could speed up its wear as well as slow it down. Thus, we advise being careful and removing the malware with no hesitation if you find it on your computer.

How to erase Plurox?

If you feel like removing Plurox manually, you could follow the instructions available below as they explain the process step by step. Nonetheless, the task may still seem complicated to inexperienced users, in which case, we advise using a chosen antimalware tool instead. Make sure you pick a legitimate tool you can trust, perform a full system scan with it, and click the given deletion button to get rid of all issues at the same time.

Eliminate Plurox

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Pick Task Manager and select Processes.
  3. Locate a process belonging to the threat.
  4. Select it and click End Task.
  5. Exit Task Manager.
  6. Click Windows key+E.
  7. Locate these paths:
  8. Locate the malicious application’s created executable files that could be named randomly.
  9. Right-click them and select Delete.
  10. Exit File Explorer.
  11. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  12. Restart the computer. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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