Trojan.Xwo Removal Guide

Do you know what Trojan.Xwo is?

Trojan.Xwo is a virtual tool that cyber criminals appear to be using to detect unprotected servers and exposed web services. It is generally known as a bot scanner, and it is meant to find services or databases that can be accessed remotely. For example, the attackers might be using this tool to check if certain services use default passwords. If the results are positive, cyber criminals can do a great deal of damage. One of the infections linked to the scanner is MongoLock Ransomware, which is an infection that deletes MongoDB databases, replaces them with something else, and then demands victims to pay money to recover lost data. Unfortunately, it is likely that other threats could successfully attack operating systems, databases, and servers once the intrusive scanner finds security backdoors, and so it truly is dangerous. We are sure it goes without saying that if the infection’s malicious payload has been dropped onto your computer, you must remove Trojan.Xwo ASAP.

Malware payload can be dropped onto vulnerable systems in many different ways. In some cases, the attackers trick users into executing malware by clicking on links, buttons, and opening seemingly harmless files. In other cases, malware is downloaded and executed by other active infections, and that is why inspecting the operating system is crucial. Do not hesitate to research and install a trustworthy malware scanner that will let you know if there are any serious threats that require removal. Hopefully, the only thing that you need to delete is Trojan.Xwo, but if other threats exist, you must get rid of them too. You also want to research these unknown threats to make sure that they have not done any serious damage. While ransomware, for example, does not hide, and it reveals right away if files are encrypted, there are threats that make a mess silently. For example, keyloggers can record keystrokes to steal passwords, and if that happens, of course, you need to update passwords immediately.

According to our malware researchers, Trojan.Xwo connects to a remote C&C server to be able to transmit information that it is set to gather. This information might include the default credentials in FTP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis, and Memcached services, Tomcat default credentials and misconfigurations, default SVN and Git paths, Git repositoryformatversion data, PhpMyAdmin details, www backup paths, RealVNC Enterprise Direct Connect data, and information regarding RSYNC accessibility. All of this information might permit remote attackers to take over databases and services, which is why it is important to delete Trojan.Xwo as soon as possible. Since it is hard to know what kind of data this infection might have transmitted already (if it has been detected), it is crucial that you upgrade your systems’ security and take appropriate measures to secure data.

We cannot guarantee that you will be able to remove Trojan.Xwo manually, because the launcher of this malicious tool could be found anywhere, and we cannot say what its name might be either. In our case, the launcher was named “xwo.exe,” but your might face a completely different name. Also, you have other threats to think about, and they might have been enabled by the tool itself. Therefore, instead of wasting your energy on manual removal, we strongly advise implementing anti-malware software that will take care of the problem automatically. Complete elimination of existing threats is not the only reason to install this software. You also want to use it for protection purposes because, at the end of the day, this Trojan represents one drop in the vast sea of malware.

Remove Trojan.Xwo

  1. Find the [unknown name].exe file that represents the launcher of the infection.
  2. Right-click the file and select Delete to eliminate it.
  3. Empty Recycle Bin.
  4. Install a trusted malware scanner to check if you have removed the Trojan successfully.

In non-techie terms:

Trojan.Xwo is a dangerous infection, and you need to get rid of it as soon as possible. Serious cyber attackers can use it to discover vulnerable databases and web services, and once they gain access to them, they can drop any kind of malware and cause all kinds of trouble. Since deleting Trojan.Xwo manually is not an easy task, it is strongly recommended that you employ security software that will find and eliminate the infection automatically. It is also very likely that other threats exist along with the Trojan, and if that is the case, you can have all of them erased simultaneously by the right anti-malware tool. Not to mention that this software can also help you ensure full-time protection against malicious threats in the future, which, needless to say, is extremely important.