“A Trojan horse, or Trojan, is a type of malware that masquerades as a legitimate file or helpful program with the ultimate purpose of granting a hacker unauthorized access to a computer. Trojans do not attempt to inject themselves into other files like a computer virus. Trojan horses can make copies of themselves, steal information, or harm their host computer systems.” (Wikipedia)
With the ability to steal information and passwords, the Trojan allows the hacker to take complete control of your system. Which is why it always pays to be vigilant when it comes to opening emails and attachments or downloading files from unknown sources.
In this post, we want to draw your attention to one particular type of Trojan…
Ransomware – The Police Virus
This particular type of nasty ‘kidnaps’ or holds your computer files or system captive and then demands a ransom for a fix.
If your computer is infected, you will get messages displayed on your screen with logos of international law enforcement agencies. The effect is to trick the user into believing that their computer has been locked by the authorities for visiting inappropriate websites or making illegal downloads.
You will then be told that to unlock your computer you have to pay a fine, usually £100 (euros or dollars).
These messages actually come from the Trojan itself, which is hidden within your computer.
What should you do if your get this or indeed any Trojan or virus on your computer?
Go to someone that knows what they’re doing. Find your local IT specialist and invest in some quality virus protection software.