You are at risk if...
Not everyone is at risk of unwillingly hosting a trojan on their system.
Perhaps your computer has no connections to the outside world.
If you are connected to the internet, then your machine may pick-up trojans.
If you are connected to a network of other machines, your machine may be at
risk from these same systems.
If your computer uses a CD player, a floppy drive, a ZIP drive or DVD player,
then any of these may bring a trojan onto your system.
Ultimately, if your computer can connect in any way to the outside world, then
you are at risk. The good news is that it can be very easy indeed to protect
How can I protect myself?
The fact is that while many of us can appreciate the threats that trojans may
pose to our privacy and data, working out a solution is a different story
Fortunately, a good Anti-Trojan application will do all the work for you.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware is designed to quickly, thoroughly and easily keep your PC free
from trojan horses and malware. It does this by first of all scanning your
computer’s hard drives. If it finds a trojan, it can be set to remove
the offending file/s from your hard drive.
The second and most important part of Emsisoft Anti-Malware is the background guard. It is able to
block new infections with trojans or malware before they can become active. You
can also define which programe may do things or not (e.g. open a port or write
autorun-entries at the system).
Another important factor to consider is that new Trojans appear on a very
regular basis. Emsisoft Anti-Malware therefore includes free online updates. So your Emsisoft Anti-Malware
software will always be kept up to date, ensuring your continued
How do I know if I already have a trojan horse in my system?
Unless you’re reasonably technical-minded, chances are that you won’t know if a
trojan is in your system. The reason for this is simple. By the very nature of
what they are, and what they are supposed to do, a trojan on your system will
be designed to be as discrete as possible.
If attention is drawn to their existence, then trojans become as good as
useless. So there will be no on-screen announcements, no visibly running
programs or applications and nothing in the system tray.
One common method whereby people try to detect a trojan in their system is by
using the windows task manager, to display all the running files or processes.
Unless your level of technical knowledge is reasonable high, this may either be
useless or even detrimental to the stability of your system.
Firstly, most users will be unable to distinguish between legitimate
applications and trojans. On my own system at the time of writing this, I can
see over 5 different “processes” with names such as act.exe, action.exe,
BCResident.exe, IDMan.exe, wswatch.exe and more.
While some of these names may appear suspicious, the fact is that all of them
are legitimate applications that should be running. By closing them down, I may
simply stop a program from running, but I also run the risk of causing Windows
to crash, and thereby risk losing data.
In short, this is not a good way to find the trojans. Additionally, you may
have trojans on your system that aren’t even active when you check, so this
process has far more failings than benefits.
The only way to be sure that there isn’t a trojan in your system, is by using
software such as Emsisoft Anti-Malware, which will, among other things, scan your hard
drives for any trojan horses. If a trojan is found, the software can
automatically delete it, leaving you with a clear, clean, trojan-free system.