Zeus Panda

What is Zeus Panda?

Zeus Panda is a new variant of the malicious Zeus Trojan, an infection that was created to steal Windows users’ banking information. Once the threat is in, it silently waits for the victim to connect to their online banking account so that passwords, pin codes, usernames, and other information could be recorded. If it is, schemers can silently take over the vulnerable accounts and steal money in an easy manner. Needless to say, it is a terrible thing to have sensitive information recorded, which is why it is most important that users take all preventative measures to keep this devious Trojan away. Unfortunately, once it slithers in, removing it is very difficult. This malware keeps itself hidden, and it creates a copy of itself to ensure it threat functions even if the original launcher is erased. That being said, deleting Zeus Panda is not impossible, and certain steps can be taken to get rid of this threat. Hopefully, you manage to eliminate this infection before it does anything incorrigible.

How does Zeus Panda work?

Do you know how Zeus Panda got into your operating system? We have warned users many times just how dangerous it is to interact with random advertisements on unreliable and low-reputation sites. The distribution of the Zeus Trojan proves this because that is how it might be spread. According to Anti-Spyware-101.com malware research team, this threat can be distributed with the help of the HookAds malvertising campaign. Once the threat is dropped (might be dropped in the %TEMP% directory), it is then copied to a folder in the %APPDATA% directory. The infection drops itself into a subfolder that already exists, which is meant to conceal it. For example, the malicious files of the Trojan could be placed in the %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\1a3utp72.default\storage\default\ folder, or you could find it under %AppData%\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys\. These are just examples, and the version of the Zeus Panda attacking your operating system is likely to land somewhere else. This is why we cannot say where exactly you should go to delete malicious files, and that makes manual removal much more complicated.

It is unlikely that Zeus Panda is being controlled by the same party behind the infamous Zeus Trojan because the source code for this malware had been leaked in the past, which means that various parties could be standing behind this new variant. The chances are that whoever created this malware lives in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, or Kazakhstan because the threat removes itself if it lands on Windows operating systems using the languages spoken in these regions. All in all, if it finds a victim, it quickly starts malicious processes to ensure that online banking information is collected. Restarting the system will not stop this malware because it adds an entry to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. This entry must be deleted along with all other malicious components. Unfortunately, the infection is very stealthy, and not many users will find it right away. In fact, it is possible that some users will discover this threat only after they scan their operating systems after finding illegal transactions made from their online banking accounts. Hopefully, you discover this malware before anything like that happens. This is exactly why performing full systems scans periodically is very important.

How to delete Zeus Panda

We believe that some users will successfully remove Zeus Panda without much trouble, but, most likely, these are the users who are more experienced and who understand their operating systems better. As discussed in the report, the malicious Trojan can be located anywhere on your operating system, and we cannot give you the precise location of the components of this infection. This complicates things tremendously, and this is why deleting Zeus Panda manually might be not an option in your situation. So, what should you do then? Installing an anti-malware program that you can trust is probably the best option because this program is created to automatically remove infections that already exist and then protect the operating system against all threats in the future. Unfortunately, anti-malware software cannot solve all security issues linked to the Trojan. If online banking information was already recorded and leaked, schemers could use it at any point. Please contact your bank to learn more about what you can do, and do not forget to change all passwords to sensitive accounts; not just banking. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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