Exterminate It! Antimalware


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My computer worked insanely slow and I got all sorts of silly advertisement whenever I got onto the Internet. At a friend’s advice, I gave Exterminate-It a try and was glad that I did!

I scanned and kicked out all that adware that’d caused my PC to be so slow!

My PC is back to normal speed and I haven’t had trouble with unwanted ads ever since.

Keep up the good work!

Eric K.


Aliases of IRC.Pws.gen (AKA):

[Kaspersky]Trojan.PSW.Coced.214, Trojan.PSW.Spion.b, Trojan.PSW.Spion.a, Trojan.PSW.Coced.219, Trojan.PSW.Coced.219.b, Trojan.PSW.Coced.219.c, Trojan.PSW.Coced.220, Trojan-PSW.Win32.Coced.220, Trojan.PSW.Coced.226, Win95.CIH, Trojan.PSW.Coced.215
[Eset]Naebi Coceda.220 trojan, Naebi.2_20 trojan, Naebi.2_26 trojan, Naebi.226 trojan
[McAfee]IRC/Pws.gen, PWS-CP, PWS.gen, PWS-AI.cfg
[F-Prot]security risk or a "backdoor" program, W32/Trojan.Coced.214, destructive program, W32/Trojan.Zux, W32/Trojan.Coced.220, W32/CIH.1003.A, W32/Trojan.Coced.215
[Panda]Trj/Coced.214, Trj/PSW.Coced.214, Trj/PSW.Spion.B, Trj/PSW.Spion.a, Trojan Horse, Trj/Coced.219, Trj/PSW.Coced.219, Trj/PSW.coced.219.c, Trj/Coced.220, Trj/PSW.coced.220, Trj/Coced.226, W95/CIH, Trj/Coced.215
[CA]Win32.PSW.Coced.214, Win32/Coced!PWS!Trojan, Win32/Coced.214!PWS!Trojan, Win32.PSW.Coced.216/217, Win32.PSW.Coced.219, Win32.PSW.Rek, Win32/Coced.219.c!PWS!Trojan, Win32.PSW.Coced.220, Win32/Coced.220.E!PWS!Trojan, Win32.PSW.Coced.226, Win32/Coced.226!PWS!Trojan, Win32/Coced.226.A!PWS!Trojan, Win95.CIH.1003.A, Win95/CIH.1003, Win32.PSW.Coced.215, Win32/Coced.215!PWS!Trojan

How to Remove IRC.Pws.gen from Your Computer^

You can effectively remove IRC.Pws.gen from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with IRC.Pws.gen in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.


A trojan is a program that is disguised as legitimate software but is designed to carry out some harmful actions on the infected computer.

Unlike viruses and worms, trojans don’t replicate but they can be just as destructive.

These days trojans are very common. Trojans are divided into a number different categories based on their function or type of damage.

Be Aware of the Following Trojan Threats:

TrojanDownloader.Win32.Esepor, Pigeon.ABV, Pallbearer.joke, SillyDl.CGO, Wenpi.


Spyware is designed to gather data from a computer and transfer it to a third party without the consent or knowledge of the computer’s owner. This includes collecting confidential information (passwords, credit card numbers, PIN numbers, etc.), monitoring key strokes, gathering e-mail addresses, or tracking surfing habits. Such resource-consuming activities slow down the system and generally impact the computer’s performance.

“Spyware” is an umbrella term for a diverse group of malware-related programs, rather than a clear-cut category. Most spyware definitions apply not only to adware, pornware and ‘riskware’ programs, but to many trojans as well.

Be Aware of the Following Spyware Threats:

Ranky.Variant, Nuclear.Keys, Message.Spy, TecWin, Pass.Stealer.VB.

Hacker Tool

Hacker tools are utilities designed to help hackers gain control of remote computers in order to use them as zombies (in DoS attacks, for example), download other malicious programs into those computers, or use them for other malicious purposes.

Be Aware of the Following Hacker Tool Threats:

BAT.FormatC, Mail, SubCracker, Win32.Pet.C!PWS!Trojan, TrojanDropper.VBS.Inor.

How Did My PC Get Infected with IRC.Pws.gen?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with IRC.Pws.gen:

  • 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 IRC.Pws.gen. 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 IRC.Pws.gen.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including IRC.Pws.gen, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting IRC.Pws.gen^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with IRC.Pws.gen:

PC is working very slowly

IRC.Pws.gen 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 IRC.Pws.gen.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

IRC.Pws.gen can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. IRC.Pws.gen may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

IRC.Pws.gen 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

IRC.Pws.gen 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.