This type of trojan secretly downloads malicious files from a remote server, then installs and executes the files.
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Trojan-Downloader:W32/Renos.GEN is a Generic Detection for variants in the Trojan-Downloader:W32/Renos family. Renos variants are trojan-downloaders that download rogueware onto the system. The trojan may arrive on the system as part of another malware's payload, from a user-initiated download, or through other means. The downloaded programs attempt to persuade the user to buy a particular rogue antispyware application by pretending that the system is infected with spyware.
On installation, the trojan drops the file
and then creates a launchpoint for it. The brastk.exe file then attempts to download another file from a remote server.
On execution, this trojan will modify registry keys in order to bypass the Windows firewall, then download a rogue antispyware application from a remote server and save it onto the system, most commonly at:
The actual save location may vary depending on the variant.
The malware subsequently creates a system tray icon that periodically displays the following message:
"Your computer is infected! Windows has detected spyware infection! It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to prevent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you. Click here to protect your computer from spyware!"
Clicking on the message will launch the downloaded rogue antispyware application.
About Generic Detections
Unlike more traditional detections (also known as signatures or single-file detections) a Generic Detection does not identify a unique or individual malicious program. Instead, a Generic Detection looks for broadly applicable code or behavior characteristics that indicate a file as potentially malicious, so that a single Generic Detection can efficiently identify dozens, or even hundreds of malware.
For more information about Generic Detections, see the Generic Detection description.