Do you know what Trojan.PyXie.A is?
Trojan.PyXie.A, or PyXie, is a threat that was built to open a door straight into an operating system. With this door open, the cybercriminals behind the threat can gather information, drop other malicious infections, spy on victims, and perform other types of attacks. The worst part is that if the threat manages to slither in, there is a good chance that it might stay undetected for a long time. Before we start discussing the infection and its removal, we want to point out that systems that are infected by this Trojan are vulnerable and require a security overhaul. Please keep this in mind, and do not forget to reassess and reestablish full-time, well-rounded Windows protection after you delete Trojan.PyXie.A. Even if you eliminate this threat successfully, there are thousands of other threats that could try to attack next.
If you are researching Trojan.PyXie.A because your anti-malware tool detected, quarantined, and deleted this malicious Trojan, it is clear that your virtual security is in good hands. If you detected this threat after inspecting your operating system, the security of your operating system is not up to par. You might have decided to inspect your system after facing a much more noticeable infection, such as a file-encrypting ransomware, for example. Whenever any kind of malware is found, scanning the infected system is crucial because it is always possible that other threats exist and await removal. When it comes to Trojan.PyXie.A, it is most likely that the attackers managed to execute malicious code using legitimate programs, LogMeIn (lmiguardiandll.dll) and Google Chrome (googleupdate.exe). The code is executed if the threat manages to run the loader using the so-called “sideloading” attack. A malicious .DLL file is used in the process to reading encrypted payload. Eventually, the payload is decrypted and the Trojan is executed.
After invading the targeted operating system successfully, Trojan.PyXie.A is set to perform attacks. How these attacks are operated depends on the target and what the attacker wants to gain. It is known that the Trojan can be employed to assist MITM (man-in-the-middle) attacks, which means that the infection can intercept communication between two parties. The Trojan could also be used for spying. It can record keystrokes, record videos, and monitor USB drives to exfiltrate data. Needless to say, depending on who the attackers target, highly sensitive information could be revealed by Trojan.PyXie.A. While it does not look like individual Windows users are targeted, if the malicious Trojan attacks the systems of healthcare institutions, government agencies, or companies responsible for protecting sensitive information of millions of users, it could put individual users’ security at risk too. The Trojan can also steal passwords and login credentials, as well as drop and execute other malicious threats.
If you have found Trojan.PyXie.A, there is a good chance that you can find a bunch of other threats on your operating system. Whether it is a banking Trojan or a dangerous ransomware infection, it is important to act fast to have all threats deleted in time. It goes without saying that removing Trojan.PyXie.A and other dangerous threats manually is not the best option. The victim of this Trojan needs to use the help of experts to ensure that all systems are cleaned and also secured. Keep in mind that if you do not implement trusted anti-malware software, the Trojan could remain active, other threats could be overlooked, and new infections could try to slither in without notice.
- Delete suspicious, recently downloaded files from these locations:
- Empty Recycle Bin.
- Immediately employ a malware scanner to perform a full system scan.
N.B. To access the locations in the guide, employ Windows Explorer. Tap Win+E keys to access the utility, and then enter the locations’ paths into the field at the top to access them.
In non-techie terms:
Trojan.PyXie.A is one threat none of us would want to face. It can intercept communication, record videos, capture keystrokes, steal passwords, drop malware, exfiltrate data from USB drives, and so on. It is truly a powerful instrument, and we fear that it can be used to expose highly sensitive information of companies, governments, and regular people. The infection is unlikely to attack individual Windows users, but it can attack systems in various industries. Ultimately, it is hard to say what exactly this Trojan would do, and that is likely to depend on the victim. The removal of Trojan.PyXie.A needs to be handled by experts within the affected companies or organizations. Deleting this threat manually is not an easy task, and because the infected systems’ security must be reevaluated as well, we advise employing trusted anti-malware software.