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TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor

Aliases of TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor (AKA):

[Panda]Trojan Horse, Adware/Lop, Trj/Small.M

How to Remove TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor from Your Computer^

You can effectively remove TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.

Trojan

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:

Pigeon.AMS, Mithrandir, CasinoXOSetup, VBS.MB, Sylvia.

BHO

Browser Helper Object, or BHO, is a dynamic link library (DLL) that runs whenever Internet Explorer is started. Generally, BHOs are included in installation of third-party programs where they are offered as enhancements of the browser functionality. For example, many Internet Explorer plug-ins are in essence BHOs.

BHOs can be installed silently or “legitimately” when a user fails to read the fine print included in the freeware program’s EULA (End User License Agreement).

Because BHOs are small programs, they can do anything that other programs can do. It’s not easy to detect the BHOs installed on the computer. This enables hackers and other malevolent users to employ the BHO functionality in their interests, for example, secretly install adware programs or gather various statistics on the user’s browsing trends.

Be Aware of the Following BHO Threats:

Win32.SecondThought.ag, HiddenData, CSearch, SurfAssistant, OpenSite.

Toolbar

A third-party toolbar that provides additional functionality or enhancements for a user’s browser.
Some toolbars are useful; others may camouflage installation of a trojan or spyware to a user’s computer or act as adware bombarding a user with pop-up advertisements.

Be Aware of the Following Toolbar Threats:

Pugi.SearchExplorer, Kazoom, CasinoRewards, Boarim, CoolWebSearch.

Downloader

A type of trojan. The primary purpose of downloaders is to install malicious code on a user’s computer. However, they can enable other malicious uses. For example, they can be used to continually download new versions of malicious code, adware, or “pornware.” They are also used frequently used to exploit the vulnerabilities of Internet Explorer.

Downloaders are typically written in script languages such as VBS or JavaScript.

Be Aware of the Following Downloader Threats:

E2Give, Ginger, Puver, Mitglieder, Horns.

How Did My PC Get Infected with TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor:

  • 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 TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor. 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 TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor:

PC is working very slowly

TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor 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 TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor 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

TrojanDownloader.Win32.Swizzor 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.