Trojan horse

What is a Trojan Horse?

In computer terms, a Trojan Horse is a type of malware that can produce short and long-term damage to a PC, a server, or even an entire network.

The name Trojan Horse is derived from the ancient Greek story of the Trojan Horse, since this type of malware acts by misleading the PC user of its true purpose.

These come disguised as harmless elements such as email attachments, forms, or fake adverts.

The end result is that the Trojan acts as a backdoor, allowing attackers to gain banking information, passwords, or information about one’s personal identity.

More destructive types of Trojans can even delete data entirely, or hold it for ransom.

🛡️ How do I protect my PC from Trojans?

The only surefire way of protecting yourself from Trojans is by using an antivirus tool. This is because once a Trojan has entered your PC, there is no way you can get rid of it via conventional ways, not even if you delete the program or file that was the source of it.

Fortunately enough, most antivirus tools are well-equipped to handle such threats as they can scan downloaded programs, files, and email attachments before you even get the chance to click them, let alone open them.

That being said, here are some of the best antivirus tools that you can rely on when facing Trojans:

Avast Antivirus  •  Bitdefender Antivirus  •  Bullguard Antivirus  •  Kaspersky Antivirus  •  Norton Antivirus


❓ What are the most common Trojans?

Trojans come in a wide variety of forms, and the act differently based on how they access your PC, and how te react once they do. Here are some examples of common Trojans:

Note: For a more complete list of how you can make your PC malware-proof, head over to our Cybersecurity Hub.