HelloBridge Trojan Misuses Panic Created by Heartbleed

While the Heartbleed security bug affected thousands of web services worldwide and exposed millions of passwords online, the hype around the bug has subsided over the last couple of weeks. It is still not known how many people have actually heeded the warnings and changed their passwords. However, most major online services have rectified the problem from their server end.

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OpenSSL technology was compromised as a result of Heartbleed, and any service provider that was using this technology has either shifted from the same or upgraded to another platform. In fact, major technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others have significantly contributed in monetary terms, towards the improvement of this platform since then.

Nonetheless, there are several scammers and nefarious parties that are taking advantage of the panic and the false news stories that accompany security threats of this scale. This is something we had thought would happen, and the HelloBridge Trojan seems to be one of many such threats that are aiming to take advantage of the situation.

What is HelloBridge and how does it work?

HelloBridge is the tip of the iceberg of a new attack campaign that fools people into downloading an innocent looking program. The bait that is offered here is a fake Heartbleed vulnerability detection tool that people are lured into installing. Showing a user a prominent and panic-inducing message is not a hard task, so it becomes simple to get someone to download this Trojan.

A simple message like “Check if your PC is infected by Heartbleed” will be more than enough to trick several people into clicking on this link and installing a fake program that deploys malware into the user’s system. So far, this threat seems to be originating from Southeast Asia, but we expect that other similar threats may also arise soon enough.

Once installed on a system, HelloBridge opens a backdoor that allows other malicious files to enter. It constantly exchanges data back and forth with a remote command and control server, and also leaks confidential data from the system. Needless to say, once this Trojan has entered a system, several other issues start cropping up.

Tips to remember to avoid such Trojans

While we cannot prevent each and every person who clicks on such a link, we can offer the following tips to keep in mind about Heartbleed and such fake programs.

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  1. Never click on suspicious looking popup ads and messages like this.
  2. Always download programs from trusted sources.
  3. Stay aware about security threats like Heartbleed. It does not affect individual PCs so there is no chance that your system will need a tool to detect its vulnerability and remove it.
  4. Change your passwords if you are using any of these web services.
  5. Always have an effective, reputable and updated antivirus suite installed on your PC.

With the right information and awareness, Trojans like HelloBridge can be avoided and rendered useless. We strongly advise all our readers to stay abreast with the latest developments in the IT and security world, especially when such far-reaching security outbreaks occur. In cases like this, prevention is always better than cure.

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Asish Bishoi
Asish Bishoi
6 years ago

I just thank Quick Heal for giving updates about any security threat.More importantly,I quite appreciate about the information about Heartbleed.Thanks .Looking for more updates.

ARVIND KUMAR
ARVIND KUMAR
6 years ago

Hi ,
For past one month daily my notebook get hang and i tried to shut down i recive this message “ONLINENT.EXE is previnting to shiut down” can you please resolve my problem.

Arvind

KVIC
KVIC
6 years ago

Virus / Malware may kindly be removed from my computer.

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  KVIC

Hi KVIC,

Could you elaborate on the issue that you are facing?

Regards,

sameer lande
sameer lande
6 years ago

help

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  sameer lande

Hello Sameer,

Could you elaborate on the issue you are facing?

Regards,

RAJESH KUMAR VISHWAKARMA
RAJESH KUMAR VISHWAKARMA
6 years ago

I just thank Quick Heal for giving updates about any security threat.More importantly,I quite appreciate about the information about Heartbleed. Thanks .Looking for more updates.

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago

Hi Rajesh,

Thank you for those kind words of appreciation. For regular news and updates from Quick Heal labs, you can subscribe to our official blog. Simply provide your email address in the “Stay Updated” section, and follow instructions.

Regards,

Dr C B Singh, Porfessor of Botany
Dr C B Singh, Porfessor of Botany
6 years ago

Thank you Quick Heal. Please continue giving relevant check points and efficient remedies against such things, developed by spoiled brains. I call them ‘Intelligent duffers’.

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago

Hello Dr C B Singh,

Thank you for the appreciation. For regular news, alerts, and updates from Quick Heal labs, you can subscribe to our official blog. Simply provide your email address in the “Stay Updated” section, click Subscribe Now, and follow instructions.

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Amit Kumar
Amit Kumar
6 years ago

My XOLO Q2000 phone is affected by ‘Malware’ in system directory, present quick heal total security is unable to detect, please provide solution.

Amit

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  Amit Kumar

Hi Amit,

We would request you to get in touch with our support team so that they can analyze the issue and provide you with a solution. You can contact them at 0-927-22-33-000. You can also raise a query at https://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. Our support team will get back to you to help you solve the issue.

Regards,

sanjeeb das
sanjeeb das
6 years ago

Txs 4 healing so quickly

satish Trivedi
satish Trivedi
6 years ago

I just thank Quick Heal for giving updates about any security threat.More importantly,I quite appreciate about the information about Heartbleed.Thanks .Looking for more updates.

Amit Kumar Behera
Amit Kumar Behera
6 years ago

Many Many Thanks to Quick Heal for giving it’s user to the upcoming and latest computer threats and ways to solve them and also tricks to aside them. Thanks for looking for more updated threats

upendra
upendra
6 years ago

QHill is best.

Abhishek Keshri
Abhishek Keshri
6 years ago

I m curious and wish to know about some symtom/pattern that might provide an idea our system has been attacked by Heartbleed Trojan virus

Keyurbhushan Verma
Keyurbhushan Verma
6 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

dear sir,
i am trying to uninstall quickheal pro 2014 or useing other function but i found “enter password” please help me sir

DESKTOP SUPPORT ENGINEER
DESKTOP SUPPORT ENGINEER
6 years ago

Hello Keyurbushan verma ji,
if you trying to unintall Quick-heal Pro 2014 you will download to ramoval tools for Quickheal Antivirus and Run to your system then completly remove to Quick-heal Antivirus on your system so trying to it.

Sk.Mostafizur Rahaman
Sk.Mostafizur Rahaman
6 years ago

Many Many Thanks to Quick Heal for giving it’s user to the upcoming and latest computer threats and ways to solve them and also tricks to aside them. Thanks for looking for more updated threats.And also thanking you for help me.

SPS Bindra
SPS Bindra
6 years ago

You are giving us very detailed information about current malware, hackers, attempts to take control of host PCs and sharing with us the measures required at our end like changing of passwords in case of Heartbleed threat. Now you have advised us to download only from trusted sites and beware from suspicious looking pop ups.

Thanks a lot.

deepak kumar
deepak kumar
6 years ago

please aware me time to time that i make mistakes while using net

Parichay
Parichay
6 years ago

Wao! Being online is really scary!! But my quick heal is protecting me upto 2016..so no biggies :3

BUBAI PRAMANIK
BUBAI PRAMANIK
6 years ago

QUICK HILL IS A SUPER ANTI VIOURS SOFT.WHICH IS PROTECT MY PC AND PHONE.

Amar Kakad
Amar Kakad
6 years ago

Thanks Quick Heal for the updates and guidelines to avoid silly mistake which in fact may be harmful.
Thanks for the sharing that the Heartbleed does not affects a standalone PC.

Please keep updating and educating..

Amar Kakad
Amar Kakad
6 years ago

Hi Rahul,

Can the Heartbleed affect a smart phone (Galaxy Core).
If yes, then What’s the solution.?

Please reply.

Regards,
Amar Kakad.

shiva
shiva
6 years ago

Quick heal is nice anti virus . in my computer upto 2015 april 02

DEVANG
DEVANG
6 years ago

TODAY THIS ADDED TO GREAT SERVICE OF QUICK HEAL !

Abdul Rahman
Abdul Rahman
6 years ago

2016 next really scary

Bineet kumar karna
Bineet kumar karna
6 years ago

thanks quick heal save my all programme.

RAM
RAM
6 years ago

one virus attacked my pan drive the whole data hide but memory used. After opened pen drive no data display. I have scanned from Total security of my pan drive but no virus found there. Why?
Else I am sure this issue. After format of pen drive the device is blanked & no data remain.I think total security not working properly or fraud (roumers nonsense ” antivirus” etc)

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  RAM

Hi Ram,

Kindly contact our support team at 0-927-22-33-000.
You can also raise a query at https://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. Our support team will get back to you to resolve the issue you are facing.

Regards,

Kisholoy Gupta
Kisholoy Gupta
6 years ago

THANKS FOR INFORMATION.

I GET USELESS SALES POPUP HOW DO I STOP POPUP.

srinivas
srinivas
6 years ago

Many many thanks to quick heal for giving updates for many security threat.looking for more update thanks a lot

Shashank Rustagi
Shashank Rustagi
6 years ago

I am a proud user of Quick Heal since last 4 years
It is a universal truth that there service and total security is great and no my pc at all
I thank QHTS for giving me such a worderful antivirus

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago

Hi Shashank,

Thank you for the appreciation and for choosing Quick Heal.

Regards,

kinjal
kinjal
6 years ago

Dear sir,

Quick heal internet security 15.00 is not Downloading Updates when click on UPDATE NOW. BUTTON

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  kinjal

Hi Kinjal,

Kindly contact our support team at 0-927-22-33-000.
You can also raise a query at https://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. Our support team will get back to you to resolve the issue you are facing.

Regards,

Regards,

Sumin K Sudhi
Sumin K Sudhi
6 years ago

Thanks for the update

patil karthik
patil karthik
6 years ago

THANK YOU QUICK HEAL ….A BEST SOFTWARE FOR ANDROID MOBILES………….

Ankan Kr. Koley
Ankan Kr. Koley
6 years ago

I’m using Reliance 3G Connection With Micromax 3G Modem. When I tried to connect to 3G,I had to turn off the firewall.Only at the time of Updating Database it establishes 3G connection,Otherwise its transferred to 2G connection. Please help me.

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago

Hello Ankan,

Thank you for writing to us. Have you tried contacting your Internet Service Provider for this issue?

Regards,

David Makwechero
David Makwechero
6 years ago

hie

l want to update my Antivirus but the system is now saying DEFINITIONS FILES NOT FOUND. How do l go about this? Please help.

Dr Anil Shukla
Dr Anil Shukla
6 years ago

Thanks for the update..
Please keep updating in future, too,..

kamal kant
kamal kant
6 years ago

i always use system when quick heal is update so there is no harm is yes then give tip

sanjivan
sanjivan
6 years ago

thank quick heal save my all programme

Rajesh Kumar
Rajesh Kumar
6 years ago

thank you

nishi agarwal
nishi agarwal
6 years ago

What is this product key ….??? As I want to register for quick heal but it is demanding for a product key ?? What is it?? Please let me know

Amit Mukhi
Amit Mukhi
6 years ago

I AM USING TATA PHOTON WHIZ MODEM IN 2G CONNECTION. I HAD INSTALLED GUARDIAN SECURITY. BUT, MY DESKTOP P.C. IS NOT UPDATING SUCCESSFULLY. PLEASE, HELP ME.

Srinivas
Srinivas
6 years ago

i have a toolbar named websuave to my browser. while uninstalling it is again and again integrating into my browser.2 times while uninstalling,quickheal mentioned that system is effected by malware. But antimalware scanning shows my system is clean. how to remove that malware from my system?

D Bagchi
D Bagchi
6 years ago

When I am opening the quickHeal icon, an error message is coming. It reads as follows:

SCANNER.EXE – Application Error. The instruction at 0x014f00a5 referenced memory at 0x032f7c78. The memory could not be written. click on OK to terminate the programme.

After clicking OK, the QHeal screen is getting closed. I have renewed the QHeal license online in April 2014. please help to solve this problem.

thanks.

pankaj kumar
pankaj kumar
6 years ago

hello bridge trojan misuses panic create msg please help me

sadanand
sadanand
6 years ago

from some days my Quick Heal is blocking two sites. which automatically try to access the page. i tried to find that hidden program but can’t. ca u tell me to find that program which trying to access that website

sanjeev
sanjeev
6 years ago

Thankyou quickheal for your useful info

surendra patel
surendra patel
6 years ago

Thankyou quickheal for your useful info

anushka
anushka
6 years ago

thanks

Raktim Dey
Raktim Dey
6 years ago

Thank you very much Quickheal for the update.

Tejas kale
Tejas kale
6 years ago

hey, while updating my quickheal its showing that some files are currepted.
if u try another time it gets started and stops in between, anf if u try another time its showing that “HelloBridge Trojan Misuses Panic Created by Heartbleed”. so what should i do??

Tarique Anwar
Tarique Anwar
6 years ago

Thanx Quick Heal for giving me such a useful information.

bharat patil
bharat patil
6 years ago

quick heal 2014 total security install but after install qh internet down & qh remove internet working what is prob

suresh menon
suresh menon
6 years ago

why am not getting the update from Quick heal?

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