4.1. How to Remove Viruses/Spyware/Malware with Malwarebytes
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How to Get Rid of a Trojan Using Malwarebytes
It presented itself as a simple game along the lines of twenty questions. However, behind the scenes, the game copied itself onto shared directories where other users could find it.
From there, the game could spread across entire computer networks. For the most part, it was a harmless prank. In the s, another infamous Trojan appeared disguised in the form of a simple Whack-A-Mole game.
The program hid a version of NetBus , a program that allows one to remotely control a Microsoft Windows computer system over a network. With remote access, the attacker could do any number of things to a computer, even open its CD tray.
As clever as the worm was from a technical perspective, its use of social engineering was arguably its most ingenious component. Through the s, Trojan attacks continued to evolve, as did the threats they carried.
In , a Windows-based backdoor Trojan horse called Beast emerged and was capable of infecting almost all versions of Windows. Then, in late , another backdoor Trojan called Zlob was distributed disguised as a required video codec in the form of ActiveX. The s also saw a rise in the number of Mac users, and cybercriminals followed suit. The motivations behind Trojan attacks also began to shift around this time.
Many early cyberattacks were motivated by a lust for power, control, or pure destruction. By the s, an increasing number of attacks were motivated by greed. In , a Trojan named Zeus targeted Microsoft Windows in order to steal banking information by means of a keylogger. In , hackers released Torpig, also known as Sinowal and Mebroot, which turned off anti-virus applications, allowing others to access the computer, modify data, and steal confidential information like passwords and other sensitive data.
Bigger and badder As cybercrime entered the s, the greed continued, but hackers started thinking bigger. The rise of untraceable cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin led to a rise in ransomware attacks.
In , the Cryptolocker Trojan horse was discovered. Cryptolocker encrypts the files on a user’s hard drive and demands a ransom payment to the developer in order to receive the decryption key. Later that same year, a number of copycat ransomware Trojans were also discovered. While many Trojans still use a blanket approach, attempting to infect as many users as possible, a more targeted approach seems to be on the rise.
Many of the Trojans we hear about today were designed to target a specific company, organization, or even government. It was the first worm to attack computerized control systems, and there are suggestions that it was designed to target Iranian nuclear facilities.
In , the Emotet Trojan , once a banking Trojan in its own right, was seen to be delivering other types of malware, including other Trojans. As one of the oldest and most common ways to deliver malware, the history of Trojans follows the history of cybercrime itself. The days of pranks are long gone.
Here are some common threats that come from Trojan attacks: Backdoors , which create remote access to your system. This kind of malware changes your security to allow the hacker to control the device, steal your data, and even download more malware. Spyware , which watches as you access online accounts or enter your credit card details. They then transmit your passwords and other identifying data back to the hacker. But more on this in the next section. They attack mobile devices as well , which makes sense given the tempting target presented by the billions of phones in use.
Such Trojans usually lurk on unofficial and pirate app markets, enticing users to download them. The Trojans run the full gamut of mischief, infecting the phone with ads and keyloggers, which can steal information.
Dialer Trojans can even generate revenue by sending out premium SMS texts. While Google can remove browser add-ons from computers, on phones the Trojans can place transparent icons on the screen. The only exception occurs for those who jailbreak their phones in their quest to download freebies from sites other than the App Store. Installing risky apps outside the Apple settings makes you vulnerable to Trojans.
How do I remove a Trojan? Once a Trojan infects your device, the most universal way to clean it up and restore it to a desired state is to use a good quality, automated anti-malware tool and make a full system scan. There are many free anti-malware programs—including our own products for Windows, Android, and Mac—which detect and remove adware and malware.
We even help mitigate additional infection by cutting off communication between the inserted malware and any backend server, which isolates the Trojan. The only exception is for protection against ransomware, for which you need our premium product. How do I prevent Trojans? Since Trojans rely on fooling users into letting them into the computer, most infections are avoidable by remaining vigilant and observing good security habits.
Another precaution to consider: This avoids getting tricked by an innocent looking icon.
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You will start to see everything from fake Blue screen stops codes or errors, which are in fact cleverly devised screen savers, to popup warning constantly appearing in the system tray. If your PC is very slow to startup, shutdown or fails to shutdown because a file similar to 34sdf3. In most cases the false threats are actually the very Trojans that advertise, urging you to pay for a download to remove itself. If Antivirus has been installed on your system are seeing popup advertising or recommending that you use Antivirus to remove the zlob Trojan.
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