If you are a user of Windows 10, then you could be at risk of infection from a malware known as RDN/Trojan.worm. Knowing the correct way to identify and remove this virus is very important, as some scammers will try to trick you into believing that you are infected so that you will pay them money to “remove” it. In reality, they will take the money and do absolutely nothing because you weren’t infected in the first place. A good rule to avoid these situations is that you should only trust messages from your own antivirus software. Any other messages might be caused by the plug-ins and extensions that your web browser uses. If these are concerning to you, then you should try resetting your browser to remove these undesirable elements.
Ivan Konovalov, the Customer Success Manager of Semalt Digital Services, provides all you need to know to avoid RDN/Trojan.worm infection.
RDN/Trojan.worm is one of the most dangerous computer viruses in the world, so if you suspect your computer may be infected, then you should take extreme caution. It is a Trojan, meaning it gets onto your computer without you realizing it, and then it attacks with stealth so you may not notice that damage it is doing.
This virus works by attacking system files on your computer. In order to avoid detection, the first thing this virus does is to block your antivirus software. Once this is disabled, it starts deleting important system files, meaning your computer will crash. Furthermore, the virus can also attack your own personal folders, so if you haven’t backed up your important files, then they could be lost forever. The problem is that the only way to permanently remove the virus is to delete the infected files, so in order to save your computer you might need to lose some or all of your personal files. Some users who have experienced this virus have reported that the malware can also affect web browsers, causing them to freeze. Rebooting your PC will be no use for dealing with these browser problems, as they will still be there when your PC starts up again. If you need to close a frozen browser, then you should do so with the task manager (accessed via ctrl+alt+delete).
Knowing the difference between a scam and genuine malware
Telling the difference between a con which will try to convince you that your computer is infected and a real virus should be quite easy. Fake warnings will open while you are using your web browser and will likely not carry the name of your anti-virus software. These fake pop-ups will be associated with a malicious website or an undesirable plug-in. Your browser has no ability to scan your computer, so if this message is tied to your browser, then you should immediately disregard it. They seek to scare you into believing that your PC is at risk, and then they try to convince you to part with money in order to solve the non-existent problem. They might carry contact details (such as a phone number) for you to get in touch with “professionals” who can “help”. The people you will speak to if you contact them will always be scammers who will try to take money from you. This can happen on any web browser, so always be vigilant while browsing the web if you receive a message like this.
If you receive a warning from a real antivirus software such as Norton or McAfee (or similar known brand), then this should be taken more seriously. You should follow up these warnings with a scan of your computer using anti-malware software. If your computer is connected to the internet, then it is at risk from malware, so take warnings from real antivirus software seriously. Just be vigilant against the con-artists.
If you have good reason to believe that your PC may be infected, then you should use a professional tool for removing Malware. Even if the “malware” turns out to be fake, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Please follow this guide to remove RDN/Trojan.worm (or other malware):
- Using a computer which isn’t infected, download the SpyHunter setup file.
- Transfer the file onto the infected computer and run it. A prompt will appear, and just hit the RUN button when it does.
- Set the language you’d like. Press OK.
- Press CONTINUE.
- Press I ACCEPT. Press CONTINUE.
- Wait while SpyHunter is installed.
- When the installation finishes, click EXIT.
- Reboot your computer in Safe Mode. When the desktop has loaded, use the
SpyHunter software. Click the button for SCAN COMPUTER NOW to let the software perform a scan of the entire system.
- Wait while SpyHunter performs this scan.
- After scanning, the software will list all the threats detected on your PC. Use the button marked FIX THREATS to clean your computer of the malware.
- When the threats have been removed, restart your PC. If the problem persists when you have restarted your computer, seek help from a professional support team.
Malware (and scam “malware”) is a common threat of most PC users. Once you have been infected, the most important thing is to deal with it immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage it could do. Always be sure to make copies of important documents, because you don’t know what they Malware will destroy.
Whether this Virus is real, or just a scam, professional anti-malware tools are an effective way of dealing with any problems you might have. Act as quickly as possible to protect your PC and your data.
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