Win.trojan.netwiredrc-2 is one of the multitude of viruses known as Trojan Horses. This type of malware is the indisputable world champion and dominant of the web, making up some eighty percent of all malicious programs.
Trojans also win first prize in the category of ‘damage caused’, because these guys have the capacity of doing some real harm to you and your computer. And another aspect they are absolute leaders in is the vast variety of tasks they can perform and the wide range of uses they come in handy for. So, as you can see, when it comes to universal havoc wreaking, the Trojan Horse viruses take the cake. Not to fear though, we’ve compiled the below guide to help you remove Win.trojan.netwiredrc-2 from your system, but before skipping to that, read on so you get a better idea of what exactly it is you’re up against and how to avoid it in the future.
What can Win.trojan.netwiredrc-2 potentially be used for?
Anything. As pointed out, the reason why Trojans are the beloved weapon of choice for so many cyber criminals is because of how multi functional they are. That, and their notorious stealth. After all, they haven’t been named after the famous Greek legend for nothing. In case you’ve forgotten, it featured a giant wooden horse, which was secretly filled with soldiers. The horse was presented as a gift to the ancient city of Troy, which couldn’t be taken by force; so, once the horse was rolled in past the city gates, the soldiers popped out and took over Troy. The end.
Back to our virtual horses, let’s discuss the exact ways the can harm you in. First of all, they can be used for plain old, dumb destruction. There might be a hacker out there with a grudge on you or some crazy computer geek with nothing better to do, who can use Win.trojan.netwiredrc-2 to destroy the information stored on your computer or crash your system. Aside from that direction of things, Trojans are also often used as little moles, planted on your computer to steal valuable data. Basically, what they’ll do is apply techniques like keylogging to memorize details like personal information and passwords related to banks accounts, credit cards, etc. Those last ones can obviously be used to steal money, whereas your personal details can be sold. Other common uses involve spying on you through your own computer. Keylogging, again, can be resorted to, your screen can be monitored and your webcam and computer microphone can be remotely tapped into. If you think you have nothing to hide and are getting associations with conspiracy theories, before you roll your eyes, think again. There have been documented cases, some even made local news, of when hackers had used a victim’s webcam to inspect the inside of his or her home and determine possible entry points, valuables and so on. After enough information had been gathered, a burglary would follow, executed almost flawlessly.
Another possible way Win.trojan.netwiredrc-2 can be used is to turn your computer into a bot and exploit its resources for various purposes. For example, your PC can be used to infect other PC’s and/or spam them. It could also be used to mine crypto currencies, and you won’t even know it. Here’s one more curious stat: nearly 15% of all computers are bots.
Distribution and safety
Trojans are most effectively distributed via spam emails and typically have an attached file in them. This can be a file of any format, including an innocent seeming Word or PDF document. The email may even seem pretty legit, posing as a known company or something else that looks trustworthy. We highly recommend that you be very cautious when opening any such emails, especially those with attachments in them. Be critical, analyze and remember that it’s best to double check with the supposed company, before opening ‘their’ email.
Other probably ways of getting infected by a Trojan are program bundles and malicious websites, as well as clicking on so called malvertisements. Malvertisements are fake ads that download viruses onto your system after you’ve clicked on them. If you visit some shady website or, furthermore, proceed to download whatever obscure content they may have on it – you are putting yourself at risk of being infected by a Trojan or other virus, that’s been hidden within that program or file you wish to download. Naturally, it would be wise to stay away from websites like that and avoid downloading anything from them.
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.