What Is Win32 Trojan Downloader?

By Tony Smith

Win32 trojan downloader is malware for 32-Bit Windows systems that automatically connects to a remote server to download other files. In most cases, these files are other malware files such as spybots, keyloggers and viruses.

How It Works

After it is downloaded, Win32 trojan downloader attaches itself to your “svchost.exe” and “explore.exe” processes. Since these are critical Windows processes, you can’t shut them down without creating further instability in your operating system.

What It Does

Win32 trojan downloader will shut down your computer’s HIPS (Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System) monitoring. Even if you have a spyware prevention program installed, win32 trojan downloader will attempt to disable it.

Signs

No visible signs exist of the win32 trojan download being present on your system. The only way to detect it is via alerts from your anti-virus software.

Removal

You need anti-virus and or anti-malware software such as Microsoft Security Essentials, McAfee or Malware Bytes' Anti-Malware to remove the win32 trojan downloader.

Warning

Because win32 trojan downloader can also download other viruses and malware, it’s best to run more than one type of up to date anti-virus program to make sure your operating system is completely clean.