Posted: February 24, 2011
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 9/10
Infected PCs 47

Trojan-Downloader.Apher Description

Like any typical Trojan, Trojan-Downloader.Apher will make life difficult for users of infected systems by uploading confidential information, downloading harmful files and generally riddling holes in security. Trojan-Downloader.Apher has been reported to make additions to the registry to let Trojan-Downloader.Apher runs in the background right next to Windows. Trojans similar to Trojan-Downloader.Apher are unlikely to notify the user on being installed, and will attempt to infiltrate systems in secret. Plain to see signs of harmful behavior may be scarce, but deleting Trojan-Downloader.Apher remains important lest your computer be permanently damaged.

How Trojan-Downloader.Apher Violates Your Security Several Times Over

Trojan-Downloader.Apher is, like most Trojans, defined primarily by its ability to download other files and execute them on the infected system. Most of the downloaded files will be malware that serve more specific attack purposes. By definition, these unauthorized downloads can't take place without your security settings and programs being violated. Even before Trojan-Downloader.Apher downloads anything Trojan-Downloader.Apher reduces your computer to an easy target for malware and remote attackers.

The two major forms of malware executed by Trojans like Trojan-Downloader.Apher are spyware and rogue products. Spyware will record keyboard input and other forms of information and turn the resulting sensitive data over to remote criminals. Rogue anti-virus applications are the second major possibility, and use disguises such as pretending to be anti-virus scanners to gain your trust, only to cause system problems by flooding you with fake error alerts or shutting down vital programs.

Trojan-Downloader.Apher and the malware Trojan-Downloader.Apher downloads can also be used to allow remote attackers to take over your computer themselves. This allows them to manipulate your computer as they wish; remote attackers may recruit infected systems for DDoS attacks and similar illegal acts. Alternately, they may simply cause irreparable harm to the unlucky computer.

Stopping Trojan-Downloader.Apher Before It Gets Started

To avoid needing to know how to stop the kinds of serious attacks detailed above, you should try to keep your computer from becoming infected by Trojan-Downloader.Apher at all. Downloading and running .exe files from file-sharing networks or other unsecured sources is highly likely to result in infection. Having poor security settings on your browser may result in infection by Trojan-Downloader.Apher simply for accidentally visiting the wrong website.

In all cases, having trustworthy security programs running is required to keep infections like Trojan-Downloader.Apher from becoming a problem. These programs should be active all the time as well as updated regularly. Apher isn't a very old Trojan, and anti-malware programs without recent updates may be unable to delete Trojan-Downloader.Apher or prevent it from hopping aboard.


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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

360me.exe File name: 360me.exe
Size: 34.73 KB (34736 bytes)
MD5: cc2caa0bf2f2d850004dbb4944df8225
Detection count: 64
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009
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