A Trojan Computer Virus or a Trojan horse is a software program that looks genuine, legitimate, useful and harmless, but instead has a malicious intent such as deleting data, stealing data, compromising security and allowing remote access to the infected system.
Christened after the mythical Trojan Horse from Greek mythology, this non-replicating malware which when executed performs undesirable activities on the victim's computer. Independent studies indicate that this type of malware infection is on the rise which is why it makes sense to know more about them, understand their ways of working and importantly how to avoid, detect and remove them.
There are several types with specific
What are common ways of getting infected by a Trojan Computer Virus?
A Trojan Horse is usually carried by another program. The most popular methods of catching an infected are through e-mail attachments, via compromised websites. Other common modes of distribution are by bundling the Trojan in cracked or pirated software, and by exploiting known security flaw in a web browser, email clients, instant messengers, media player or other applications. They may even arrive in the form of a joke program.
What is the potential impact on security caused by a Trojan Computer Virus infection?
Its a bad news if you are infected with this malicious software. They can slow down your computer, consume resources, generate unexpected network traffic, prevent you from using your computer (Denial Of Service) or even cause data destruction and crashes. These symptoms are not always the main intent of a Trojan, they are generally designed to create 'backdoor infection' which means permissions to tinker with system files and settings.
Another usual attempt is to steal personal and private information such as bank accounts, passwords, e-mail or postal address, credit card numbers. Some may even cause the computer to perform some undesirable actions like sending spam or be even hijacked by the author of the Trojan to perform notorious activities. Its advisable to take swift and decisive actions to detect and eliminate any such software that may have infected your system.
It’s better to be safe than sorry,
which is why care must be taken to prevent such dangerous computer
threats. Here are some of the best practices:
Usually designed to perform their
functions without the victim knowing, infected users may not be able
to notice any symptoms at all. It is important to stay on top of your
computer's security and practice safe browsing. Avoid storing
critical information in plain text, word or excel files, password
protect every important file, this will help in minimizing damage.
Anti-Malware programs are capable of detecting and removing Trojans, nevertheless it is better to use dedicated and specialized Anti-Trojan software. Sometimes manual removal may be required too.
Trojan Computer Virus differ from other forms of malware, while being unique in their own ways, they are equally menacing and are extremely popular malicious software. However, adopting precautionary measures coupled with dedicated Anti-Trojan software can go a long way in securing our data and computers.
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