Common Types of Malware: Trojans

malware - Auckland ITMalware is a term combining the words “malicious” and “software” and as the name implies, it can be very damaging to your computer. Although all malware can be potentially damaging, some types are merely inconvenient while others can destroy your entire system. Anti-virus software can catch and remove some of them, but in many cases professional services such as Auckland IT consulting must remove them. Damages can vary from the loss of a single file to a complete security breach and even identity theft. There are more types of malware than can be listed in one place, but one of the most commonly seen is the Trojan. Like the Trojan Horse in history, this type of malware disguises itself as something else in order to gain access to your computer.

Even within this single type of malware there are countless variations and degrees of severity. The one thing that they all have in common is that they can wreak havoc with your computer; and in the worst case scenario, your life. Of all the various types of Trojans, the password stealers are perhaps the most potentially dangerous to your personal or business security.

Password stealers make their way into your computer and record your login credentials for networks, email, games, and even ecommerce and banking sites. Many Trojans can even be reconfigured numerous times by the attacker once they’ve gained access to your system. As an example, the same infection could begin by taking login information for your FTP and email and then a new configuration file is sent to the system which causes the virus to redirect its attention to taking login information from your online banking site. The password stealers that take logins from online gaming sites are often given more media attention, but they are not necessarily the most common target.

Keeping your computer safe from Trojans and other types of malware isn’t always easy because new forms are being introduced every day. The first step is to make sure that your spyware and anti-virus software is kept up to date. When your software does need updated, never use a third party site; go to the specific manufacturer’s site for updates. If your computer is infected and you can’t remove the virus yourself, immediately contact and Auckland IT consulting company to have it removed before permanent damage is done.

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