This page aims to help you remove Trojan-Downloader.Script.Generic. These Trojan-Downloader.Script.Generic removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
If you are reading this article then you are probably worried that your computer has been infected with Trojan-Downloader.Script.Generic. Well you should – this is a nasty computer virus that belongs to the family of Trojan Horses. These things can be incredibly dangerous, as they are very difficult to find and remove and they often can install ransomware on your computer, spy on your data or provide root access to the hacker who created them
Trojan horses rely on exploiting system vulnerabilities and Trojan-Downloader.Script.Generic is no different
What sets apart Trojan horses from other viruses is the fact that they can employ all kinds of little known system vulnerabilities to infect a computer. Most other online threats usually need to be downloaded and installed in order to infect the computer, with a Trojan clicking the wrong link can sometimes be enough. They will also use these system vulnerabilities to give some degree of remote access to the person that created them. This can be used as a means to spy on you, steal your identity and install various unwanted programs and other viruses on your computer.
Tell-tale signs of a Trojan Horse Infection
As a rule of the thumb Trojan Horses try to keep a low profile and to remain undetected for as possible. One of the ways to know that you have a Trojan Horse is because you’ve recently been infected with a ransomware agent. Trojan horses often serve as the “dropper” for ransomware viruses and they can blind your anti-virus program to the presence of the virus.
A Trojan horse like Trojan-Downloader.Script.Generic will typically masquerade as another legitimate windows process, service or program. Just looking at the name of the process is usually not enough, as this can be easily manipulated. You will have a much better shot when looking for the developer of the program process while you are in Windows Task Manager – the Trojan will have a manufacturer of unknown or another fake company. Trojan horses are usually set to start on Windows startup, so checking your MsConfig boot settings for any programs that shouldn’t be there is also a good idea.
Distribution methods used by Trojan-Downloader.Script.Generic
A Trojan, much like a worm, can be distributed offline via USB drives – exercise caution when plugging unfamiliar devices into your computer. However, it is much more likely that the Trojan-Downloader.Script.Generic was installed directly – from a corrupted installation file.
Corrupted installation files are actually .EXE files that can be distributed in many ways, but most commonly with the help of Email spam, malicious hosting sites and torrent/download platforms.
- Do NOT underestimate spam emails. Only the least effective spam emails are written in broken English. The most successful (and dangerous) spam emails use good rhetoric’s and are usually related to work, as it is easier to explain the presence of an attached file. Usually the text of the email will subtly manipulate the user into downloading and installing the Trojan horse onto his computer. Once that happens only trouble will follow.
Torrent and online download platforms are a very convenient and easy way to obtain software, but many of these are illegal for a reason. There is virtually no control exercised over the content on what gets uploaded on these sites. A single corrupted file can infect thousands of computers before its nature is identified and it’s taken down. It gets even worse with download sites that use search engine optimization to lure unsuspecting victims. A malicious website may promise you a download containing exactly the file in need, but in reality you’ll be getting a nasty virus present.
- Avoid clicking on random links posted by people in forums, chat boards and other social media. Very often these comments are not even made by real people, but by bots. Clicking on a malicious link can get your computer infected in no time!
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.