This type of trojan secretly downloads malicious files from a remote server, then installs and executes the files.
Disinfection & Removal
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Trojan-Downloaders are often distributed as part of the payload of another malware, such as a Trojan-Dropper.
Trojan-Downloaders may also be distributed as a file attachment to spam e-mails. The attached programs are typically labelled using legitimate-sounding program or document names, such as 'invoice' or 'accounts.exe', as a simple form of social engineering.
On opening the file attachment, the Trojan-Downloader is installed.
A Trojan-Downloader is a type of trojan that installs itself to the system and waits until an Internet connection becomes available to connect to a remote server or website in order to download additional programs (usually malware) onto the infected computer.
Once its primary download/execution routine is completed, it may also proceed to a secondary payload routine.
For representative examples of Trojan-Downloaders, please see the following descriptions:
For more information, see Terminology: Trojan-Downloader.