Nearly all regular computer users know about Trojan horse viruses and their effect on computers. A Trojan virus is basically a virus which gets attached to certain files in your computer and programs downloaded from the internet. Its main characteristic is that once it gets into your computer, it secretly starts destroying your files; it is designed in a form that would make it appear as a useful software, but it actually does the opposite; posing numerous problems for your computer.
The main difference between a Trojan virus and a normal computer virus is that it is not specifically designed to spread itself; it is downloaded either as an infected file from the internet or as a payload of some other virus. Although it does not replicate itself, it can be extremely destructive; the most insidious type of Trojan virus is capable of accessing and stealing personal information as well as downloading other malware onto your computer.
There are seven different types of Trojan viruses, classified on the basis of how they breach systems and the damage they cause:
- Data Sending Trojans
- Destructive Trojans
- (DoS) Denial-of-service attack Trojans
- FTP Trojans
- Proxy Trojans
- Remote Access Trojans
- Security software disabler Trojans
Although your computer is equipped with a firewall to fight this treacherous virus, using trusted anti-virus software such as SpyHunter is highly recommended to keep yourself protected at all times.
Manual Removal of the Trojan Horse virus:
Follow the simple steps given below to remove the Trojan horse virus manually:
Step 1 – Recognize the Trojan Virus
It becomes a lot easier to remove a Trojan virus once you recognize a file infected with it. Your system will give you a DLL error (commonly associated with Trojan attacks); copy the error and find out about the EXE file online.
Step 2 – Stop the System restore function
Caution: If you forget this step, the files you delete will be restored by your computer.
Step 3 – Restart you computer
Upon restarting, press F8 and start your computer in safe mode
Step 4 – Remove Programs and Extensions
Go to the Add or remove programs section in the control panel and remove the programs infected with the virus. Next, remove all the files of an infected program from the Windows system folder to delete all of them completely.
Step 5 – Reboot
Once you have completed steps 1 to 4, simply restart your computer in normal mode.
An alternative approach:
- Go to folder options and display the ‘hidden folders’
- Restart your system in safe mode
- Once restarted, stop all the processes associated with the Trojan virus.
Note: You will need to edit your system’s registry to complete these steps.
The alternative approach given above requires a certain degree of proficiency in computer usage; it is ideal for seasoned users who have some knowledge about editing the registry. For inexperienced users, anti-spyware/anti-malware programs are perfect for thoroughly scanning the system and ensuring complete removal of any remaining traces of the virus.