Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen Removal (Oct. 2017 Update)

This page aims to help you remove Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

Nobody enjoys getting infected with malware and it’s always ideal to avoid this messy business altogether. But sometimes things happen and when they do – you need a reliable helping hand to assist you in getting out of the sticky situation. Thus, we are here today to help those of you, who’ve been affected by a particularly nasty piece of malicious programming called Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen. Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen is what’s known as a Trojan horse virus, and chances are you have probably heard about this malware type. Its members are notorious for their stealth and damaging properties, and therefore it’s vital that you see to this virus’ removal as soon as possible. For that purpose we have prepared a special removal guide, which you will find just below this article. It contains detailed instructions in step-by-step format. But since this is a delicate process that entails dealing with system files, you may also want to consider using our professional removal tool, which will handle the whole procedure for you.

What is Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen capable of?

Naturally, you may be wondering what kind of mischief this perpetrator has already managed to accomplish while it’s been hiding in your system. And you surely might want to know what further harm it might be able to do. Unfortunately, one of the hallmark traits of any Trojan horse virus is that it can be programmed to accomplish a variety of different tasks. This whole article wouldn’t be enough to recount absolutely everything you could use a Trojan for. Therefore, we cannot exactly say what Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen has been programmed to achieve on your computer. But we can certainly give you an idea by just outlining some of the most common usages out there.

One of them is resource exploitation. This malware could have been set to take charge of your computer’s resources and put them to work for the hackers. For example, this can be for the purpose of mining cryptocurrencies on your PC and then sending them to the people behind the virus. For you, depending on your computer’s processing power and other specs, this may result in a noticeable increase in electricity consumption and possibly also a palpable slowdown of your machine. Alternatively, your PC can be used as a bot to distributed spam or infect other computers. Another fairly common practice is for Trojans to infect their victims, because they’re simply better at ‘breaking and entering’, so that they can introduce other malware into the system. For example, ransomware is very commonly distributed with the help of Trojans like Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen.


Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen Removal



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:

hosts_opt (1)

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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

And here we get into the more gruesome parts, such as theft and spying. In both cases, the Trojans can employ similar tactics to reach their goal. For example, techniques like keystroke logging can be used as a means to steal sensitive information from you, as well as to keep track of who you talk to, what you say and do, etc. You can be watched, if you have a webcam and listened to, if your computer has a mic. Furthermore, the hackers can use the virus to share your screen with them, which will also grant them access to personal data. In turn, they can use this for blackmail, they can steal money from you or hijack your identity even. There are plenty of different disturbing and illegal things that aren’t below these cybercriminals, so watch out.

As you can see, it’s important that you keep viruses like Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen away from yourself and your system. Obviously, now that you have already been infected with a Trojan, you will have to remove it immediately. But it’s important that you maintain your system in a safe and healthy state from now on, so that you don’t get infected anymore. There are two aspects to this. One is to keep your system updated and have a reliable antimalware tool to protect it. Keep your eye out for updates, install them when new ones are available and try not to postpone. The second aspect is avoiding the obvious malware sources and practicing safe browsing. Be especially careful with incoming emails or messages on other platforms. Typically, those carrying something malicious will try to trick you into following a link or opening an attached file. There are telltale signs, such as suspicious sender addresses, odd subjects and even odder file attachment names.


Name Trojan.Downloader.Dde.Gen
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Trojans don’t usually reveal their presence, but sometimes they may cause strange system behavior, such as frequent crashes, etc. 
Distribution Method  Malicious online ads, contaminated torrents and other downloadable content, infected spam emails and other messages
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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