Wednesday, 26 November 2014 13:23

Data Security and Computer Treat Awareness Alert: Trojan (Trojan Horse) what is it?

Written by Duane Lansdowne
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Trojan horse

Trojans are programs that pretend to be leitmate software, but actually carry out hidden, harmful functions.

Trojan is an umbrella term covering many types of malware: bots, backdoor Trojans and downloader Trojans. A large percentage of today's malware is Trojans.

A Trojan program pretends to do one thing, but actually does something different, usually without your knowledge. Popular examples are video codecs that some sites require to view online videos. When a Trojan codec is installed, it may also install spyware or other malicious software.

Another example is a malicious link that says "Cool Game." When you download and install the program, it turns out not to be a game at all, but a harmful Trojan that compromises your computer or erases the data on your hard drive.

Trojans are often distributed with pirated software applications and keygens that create illegal license codes for downloadable software.


Stay tuned for future post about "Backdoor Trojans."


Last modified on Friday, 23 January 2015 12:02

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