Fractureiser Malware

Fractureiser

If you’ve joined the number of users who have detected a Malware called Fractureiser on their devices, this article and the removal guide below are just for you. We will explain to you the dangers of this infection and the methods to safely remove it from your device. Fractureiser is a very hard-to-detect Malware virus and it’s good news that you’ve been able to spot it before (hopefully) it has done something bad.

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The Fractureiser malware injected into uploaded mods

The Fractureiser Malware

Basically, threats like the Fractureiser malware are the hackers’ favorite weapon because they are able to perform a range of malicious tasks. Moreover, they are able to perform the Fractureiser malware without showing any visible symptoms which can give them away.

Fractureiser Malware
The Fractureiser Malware malicious code

That’s why in the beginning we said how fortunate it is that you’ve even been able to detect the Trojan. Most often, the victims are completely clueless about the ongoing infection for weeks, or even months.
And, sadly, they come to know about the malware only after the malicious activity has already been successfully performed and the system has been severely damaged

How did you end up with Fractureiser in the first place?

You may have been compromised by Fractureiser in a variety of ways. Trojans typically have the ability to stay disguised as almost any type of digital content. It could be a spam email, or a compromised transmitter such as an ad, a pop-up request, or a message for fake system updates and warnings for virus infections. These usually come with spam emails as an attached file that can appear harmless, like a document, invoice, report or a PDF file. But don’t be fooled by that. If you don’t expect any correspondence or if the attachments, the sender, or the subject seem fishy, it’s best not to touch it, and just remove it immediately. Also, we advise you to think twice before you click on any pop-ups, message alerts, etc. unless you are sure they come from your system or your security software. Otherwise, you risk interacting with something that may contain malware like Fractureiser.

SUMMARY:

NameFractureiser
TypeMalware
Detection Tool

Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Fractureiser!

How to remove Fractureiser Malware

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Fractureiser in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Fractureiser from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Fractureiser.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Fractureiser.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Fractureiser from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Fractureiser extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to the malware and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Fractureiser on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Fractureiser extension
  4. Get rid of Fractureiser by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by the malicious program or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Fractureiser

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Fractureiser process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Fractureiser
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a malicious process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Fractureiser

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Fractureiser in there
    4. Uninstall Fractureiser from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Fractureiser-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Fractureiser in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is Fractureiser?

    Cybercriminals employed the widely used Minecraft modding platforms Bukkit and CurseForge to disseminate a fresh ‘Fractureiser’ malware, which aims to pilfer information. They achieved this by sharing modified versions and incorporating malevolent script into preexisting endeavors.
    A very common use of threats like this one is for system destruction and theft of sensitive information. They can wipe off all the information that’s on your hard drives, or steal your passwords and login credentials and send them to the hackers in control. Trojans are also commonly used to help certain forms of malware reach the devices of the potential victims. They are often programmed to operate as ransomware backdoor viruses. In addition, a Trojan will help the hackers access your system remotely, and mess with it, delete and replace files, or launch different processes without your knowledge. For instance, they can mine cryptocurrency by exploiting the resources of your machine, thus slowing the device down to a crawl. Another very dreadful ability of the Trojans is to spy on their victims. Through monitoring your keystrokes, such malware can collect information about you without your knowledge. This means that the crooks behind the infection can have access to highly sensitive data, including your banking, and financial details. The criminals can even watch and listen to you remotely by hacking into your webcam and mic.


    Fractureiser is confirmed to be in the following mods and modpacks:

    CurseForge:
    Dungeons Arise
    Sky Villages
    Better MC modpack series
    Fabuously Optimized (Found to not be compromised)
    Dungeonz
    Skyblock Core
    Vault Integrations
    AutoBroadcast
    Museum Curator Advanced
    Vault Integrations Bug fix
    Create Infernal Expansion Plus – Mod removed from CurseForge

    Bukkit:
    Display Entity Editor
    Haven Elytra
    The Nexus Event Custom Entity Editor
    Simple Harvesting
    MCBounties
    Easy Custom Foods
    Anti Command Spam Bungeecord Support
    Ultimate Leveling
    Anti Redstone Crash
    Hydration
    Fragment Permission Plugin
    No VPNS
    Ultimate Titles Animations Gradient RGB
    Floating Damage

    Affected players include those who downloaded mods or plugins from CurseForge and dev.bukkit.org in the past three weeks, but the extent of the infection is yet to be fully appreciated.

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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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