The viruses of the Trojan horse malware category are undoubtedly some of the scariest, most damaging and some of the stealthiest malware threats that could attack your computer and this is why you must have a good understanding of their main abilities as well as of the ways they could get distributed throughout the Internet.

First and foremost, let us go over the main types of damage that a threat of this type could cause to your computer. Trojans are known for being highly versatile malware tools meaning that there are various ways in which they could be used and various types of cyber-crimes that they could carry out. Here are the most typical and commonly encountered examples of what a Trojan could do to harm you:

  • System and data damage – this is probably the most common issue that a malware virus of the Trojan Horse could cause. Due to a Trojan’s attack, your computer might suffer severe system damage, data corruption and other similar issues which might possibly even render it unusable if the infection is allowed to remain inside the machine for an extended period of time.
  • Espionage and collection of sensitive private information – due to their high stealth and versatility, those threats could also spy on your online and offline activities and access any sensitive data on your computer that might later be used against you (usually as leverage for blackmailing and money extortion) if the hackers manage to get their hands on it.
  • Backdooring other malicious malware programs – this is yet another common use for Trojans as they could get employed as carriers for other nasty threats like Rootkits, Ransomware, Worms and other Trojans. Once the infection has taken place, the insidious malware might load some other infection on your computer without you even realizing it!
  • Taking over the whole computer – in many instances, the hackers might be trying to set up a whole botnet of infected machines which could then be collectively used for tasks such as Denial of Service Attacks, cryptocurrency mining, spam message campaigns and so on and so forth. In this case, the control of your PC would be taken out of your hands.

It is rather likely that a lot of the readers of this article are here precisely because their machine have gotten infected by the nasty Trojan Horse virus. As we said already, the guide presented on this page is supposed to help those of you who have on their machines eliminate the threat before it ha managed to complete its nefarious task. Even if you are not sure whether or not your computer has been infected, it’s still a good idea to check the instructions and follow them in order to make sure that everything is alright with your PC. As we already explained, a threat like that could be really harmful and could cause a big number of issues if it is allowed to remain on the targeted machine for a longer period of time.

Sneaky threats and how to spot them

An important facet of a Trojan Horse infection is that it would normally happen with no signs and without the user realizing that a virus has attacked their computer. Usually, Trojans rely on some sort of disguise that is supposed to allow them to silently infiltrate any machine without raising any alerts. Still, if you have a reliable antivirus at your disposal that is fully updated, you could still stand a certain chance at detecting the incoming infection on time. That said, an antivirus is oftentimes not enough to stop such viruses from getting inside the computer which is why you have to be vigilant and aware of the different distribution methods that such threats then to employ. Usually, things like spam e-mails, pirated software content, misleading and fake web ads (especially ones coming from obscure, unreliable and sketchy sites) are all commonly used forms of disguise for Trojans. This means you ought to be very selective with regards to the content you interact with, the sites you normally visit and the software that you download on your computer from the Internet. It is essential that you always use your common sense while browsing the online world as oftentimes the disguise used by Trojans can be really deceiving and in many instances even experienced users might be prone to unknowingly clicking on or downloading some Trojan Horse-infested piece of content. With this in mind, make sure you remember to stay safe, regularly update your antivirus program and be ready to take immediate action in case you suspect that some malicious piece of malware such as has targeted your machine.


Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  A Trojan would normally give no symptoms but it’s still possible that some red flags like system unresponsiveness, random errors and sudden crashes might be present during an infection with a Trojan Horse.
Distribution Method Malicious web spam, sketchy and misleading web offers, illegally distributed and/or pirated games, programs and media files, shady sites or sites with adult content, etc.
Detection Tool


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.


  • Dear Sir / Madam,

    I have done follow up each step that you provide above but can’t remove “” on my computer,

    Please kindly any new option to help me,

    Thank you so much with Best regards,

    • Did you find any odd-looking IPs in your Hosts file? Also, did you try using the suggested removal tool from the guide – if the manual steps do not work for you, this is what we’d advise you to go for.

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