Aliases of Hornet (AKA):
|[Panda]||Backdoor Program, Bck/Hornet.10|
|[CA]||Backdoor/Hornet.10, Backdoor/Hornet.10!Client, Backdoor/Hornet.10!Downloader, Backdoor/Hornet.10!EditServer, Win32.Hornet.10, Win32/Hornet.10.IRC!Trojan|
How to Remove Hornet from Your Computer^
To completely purge Hornet from your computer, you need to delete the files and folders associated with Hornet. These files and folders are respectively listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.
For instructions on deleting the Hornet files and folders, see the following section How to Delete Hornet Files (.exe, .dll, etc.).
How to Delete Hornet Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^
The files and folders associated with Hornet are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.
To delete the Hornet files and folders:
- Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
- Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
- Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
Hornet Categorized as:^
Of all trojans, backdoor trojans pose the greatest danger to users’ PCs because they give their authors remote control over infected computers. They are downloaded, installed, and run silently, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Upon installation, backdoor trojans can be instructed to send, receive, execute and delete files, gather and transfer confidential data from the computer, log all activity on the computer, and perform other harmful activities.
Be Aware of the Following Backdoor Threats:
Remote Access Tool. A program that enables a hacker to remotely access and control other people’s computers. A RAT can serve a variety of malicious purposes, including hijacking and transferring private information, downloading files, running programs, and tampering with system settings.
How Did My PC Get Infected with Hornet?^
The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Hornet:
- Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
- You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.
Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware
Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Hornet. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.
Using Peer-to-Peer Software
The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Hornet.
Visiting Questionable Web Sites
When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Hornet, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.
The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Hornet:
PC is working very slowly
Hornet can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Hornet.
New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed
Hornet can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Hornet may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.
Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC
Hornet may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.
E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox
Hornet may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.