Ursnif spam

What is Ursnif spam?

Spam email messages often look just like an annoying nuisance, but they often are part of malware distribution networks. Therefore, one should take them seriously. Take Ursnif spam, for example. As you can obviously tell from the name, this infection is associated with spam emails. It is a Trojan infection, and it reaches its targets through spam attachments. It is important to remove Ursnif spam from your system as soon as possible, but sometimes it might be hard to spot a Trojan infection immediately. Therefore, it is recommended to perform regular system scans with security applications to detect such infections early.

Where does Ursnif spam come from?

This Trojan infection may enter target systems in various ways. It can spread by exploit kits, malicious links, and email attachments.

As far as infections through exploit kits are concerned, they usually work through compromised web pages. When users visit a compromised page, the website automatically contacts an exploit landing page. The exploit page then checks what user’s computer is vulnerable to and chooses a specific infection for the vulnerable system. Therefore, if you got infected with Ursnif spam through exploit kits, you must have accessed some website that was compromised by cyber criminals.

If you got infected through spam email messages, you probably opened the malicious email yourself. The rates at which users get infected with malware through spam emails are still surprisingly high. One would expect users to be more careful about the random messages they receive, but there are still many users who manage to fall into this trap.

The good news is that you can avoid getting infected with Ursnif spam if you know how to recognize spam emails. And that is quite easy to do. For one, they are random. They might look like they have come from a reliable sender, but the truth is that you receive such messages out of the blue. Second, there is always a sense of urgency in such messages. The people behind them want to push users into interacting with the spam content without much thinking. Hence, it could be one of the main red flags.

But unfortunately, there are still a lot of users who manage to get infected with Ursnif spam and similar intruders, so we should discuss what kind of damage this piece of software can inflict, too.

What does Ursnif spam do?

As mentioned, this banking Trojan often spreads through malicious spam email attachments. It looks like a JS or a VBS format file, and sometimes might even look like a DOCX file, too. It is no surprise that users get tricked into running the installer. The malicious installers then download the actual Trojan and install it on the target system.

Based on what we know, Ursnif spam can be used to steal banking information from the infected system. It means that it can either log your key strokes or use other methods to collect the data input, steal it, and then send it away to a remote server.

The point with Trojans is that they usually do what the people behind them “tell” them to do. In other words, if different attackers use the same infection, the infection may exhibit slightly different behavioral patterns. Nevertheless, the bottom line is that Ursnif spam is a dangerous infection, and it could be part of a bigger cybercrime scam, so it is vital that you intercept the program and remove it as soon as possible.

How do I remove Ursnif spam?

As mentioned, it might be hard to notice that you’ve gotten infected with this program. Unless you regularly scan your computer with a licensed antispyware tool, you may not notice anything out of the ordinary for a while.

However, if you find the infection, and you want to remove Ursnif spam, you have two choices. You can either get rid of it automatically with a powerful antispyware tool, or you can terminate the infection manually. We would not recommend manual removal unless you are an experienced computer user. You will find the removal instructions below, but even after that, be sure to scan your system with a security tool of your choice. You need to make sure that there are no malicious files remaining, no unwanted programs running.

Manual Ursnif spam Removal

  1. Press Win+R and type %WinDir%. Click OK.
  2. Remove an EXE file with a random file name from the directory.
  3. Open the System32 folder in the directory.
  4. Remove an EXE file with a random name from System32.
  5. Press Win+R again and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  6. Remove the same EXE file with a random name.
  7. Press Win+R once more and type %LocalAppData%. Click OK.
  8. Remove a random name folder with its contents.
  9. Scan your computer with SpyHunter. 100% FREE spyware scan and
    tested removal of Ursnif spam*

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