Aliases: BKDR_QAKBOT.BT (Trend Micro) Trojan-PSW.Win32.Qbot.dkg (Kaspersky) W32.Qakbot (Symantec)
Backdoor:Win32/Qakbot.J is a backdoor trojan that allows attackers unauthorized access and control of an affected computer. After a computer is infected, the trojan connects to a specific IRC server and joins a specific channel to receive commands from attackers. Commands can instruct the trojan to spread to other computers by scanning for network shares with weak passwords, exploiting Windows vulnerabilities, or possibly spreading through backdoor ports opened by other families of malicious software. The trojan may also allow attackers to perform other backdoor functions, such as launching denial of service (DoS) attacks and retrieving system information from infected computers.
For more information on this threat, read: Mitigating and eliminating info-stealing Qakbot and Emotet in corporate networks
Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:
You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware.
Use cloud protection
Use cloud protection to help guard against the latest malware threats. It’s turned on by default for Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender Antivirus for Windows 10.
Go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Defender > Windows Defender Security Center > Virus & threat protection and make sure that your Cloud-based Protection settings is turned On.
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