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Trojan.Knooth - a Malicious Backdoor Program Takes Control of System

According to Aurelija, an independent blogger on online security, Trojan.Knooth is a malware that tries to gain full control of any computer, as reported by PC1NEWS on August 12, 2009. Indeed, Knooth can be described as a variant of the backdoor Trojan family and an intricate spyware program.

Aurelija elucidates that due to these features of Trojan.Knooth, hackers succeed in establishing contact with the user's computer, carrying out illegal activities, grabbing their financial and other personal information, deleting vital data as well as performing a host of other malicious acts.

It is also worth noting that Knooth has an association with a file named 'child.dll,' which must be erased to eliminate the Trojan from the system it infects. Evidently, the file bears a size of 14,336 bytes or is measured14KB.

The blogger further posts that Knooth undoubtedly poses a serious risk to any user seeking to operate his system smoothly or wanting to protect valuable data on it.

She also says that there are several other names that are ascribed to Trojan Knooth such as Trojan.Downloader.Small.BUG, Downloader.Generic.HPP, TROJ_DLOADER.ALT, Backdoor.Thunker and Win32.Dloader.alt.

Moreover, the malware affects many nations of which the United States leads with the maximum number of infections. Other countries which are also affected by this backdoor malware are India, Japan, China and Germany. In addition, the UK, France, Italy, Russia and Brazil are at serious risk of being infected by Knooth.

Due to the Trojan's seriousness, Aurelija advises the general public that if they spot the Trojan on their computers, it is important that they instantly embark on cleaning it off. Along with that, they should imbibe the habit of safe browsing to ward off any similar type of infections in future. Users should remain aware of the latest Internet security so that they can combat any kinds of damaging malware while working online. They must be cognizant of the latest PC worms, viruses and Trojans, which can infect their systems during web browsing.

Finally, people ensure that all security patches are up-to-date and dependable antivirus software is in place.

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