CobInt Trojan is a threat that is possibly associated with the Cobalt hacking group. It was detected by malware researchers monitoring the web in August, 2018. The analysis showed that this threat is a Trojan, but we could say that it is not exactly a typical Trojan infection. It can be briefly described as a modular malware because it not only has the main component but can also make use of various additional modules. Cobalt hacking group targets financial organizations, including banks, primarily, but we cannot guarantee that CobInt Trojan cannot be used against ordinary users as well. It is not very likely that you will immediately find out about its entrance if it ever happens that it slithers onto your computer because malicious applications use various techniques in order not to get caught. Of course, it is hardly possible to hide from an antimalware tool so they target those systems that are completely unprotected in the first place.
The successful entrance of CobInt Trojan might go unnoticed, but if you suspect that you could have encountered this malicious application, it would be best that you check your system to clear up your doubts. The easiest way to find out about the malware installed is to perform a full system scan using an antimalware scanner. If CobInt Trojan has been detected, it must be removed completely as soon as possible because it does not act beneficially. Research conducted by specialists at 411-spyware.com has clearly shown that this threat has an initial downloader, the main component (it is downloaded by the initial downloader), and additional modules. These modules are downloaded and executed from the C&C server by the main component. CobInt Trojan is not only capable of sending screenshots to its C&C server from the affected computer, but it might also share the list of active processes with cyber criminals. Last but not least, it might use additional components to infect the affected system heavily. In other words, CobInt Trojan might act as a malware downloader as well. Since it creates a backdoor and executes commands received from the C&C server, there is a small possibility that it might be used to perform some other activities too. The list of activities depends on the cyber criminals’ intentions to a great extent. It is a sin to keep such a malicious threat active, so if it ever turns out that it has affected your system, erase it without consideration.
Let’s now turn to the CobInt Trojan distribution. It has been observed that this threat is also distributed via emails. If you ever get an email from Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) that contains a subject line Подозрение на мошенничество or Фрауд, you should inspect it carefully before opening it because it is very likely that this email promotes CobInt Trojan. Users find a legitimate-looking .doc document inside the email received. By opening it, they allow malicious software to enter their computers and start performing malicious activities. Even though users open the file received consciously, we are sure they do not know anything about the installation of CobInt Trojan. It is not the only harmful malicious application users might encounter if they keep their systems unprotected, i.e. do not acquire an automated antimalware tool and act carelessly. We know well that there are extremely harmful threats out there, so we highly recommend that you install security software on your computer to make sure no infections can enter the system illegally.
It should be possible to delete CobInt Trojan by simply deleting unknown/suspicious executable files from %TEMP%, %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, and %USERPROFILE%\Downloads and then erasing unknown .doc files from the system. In other words, it should be possible to get rid of this nasty infection by simply deleting all its components one by one. You can erase this threat automatically as well. Undoubtedly, it is the easiest method of all to erase malware. Make sure the antimalware scanner you have picked out can be trusted 100% before you install it.