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Downloader.gen

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Downloader.gen
Technical name:Trj/Downloader.gen
Threat level:Low
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It is a detection of different Trojans belonging to the Downloader family, which download malware to the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Jan. 17, 2003
Detection updated on:July 15, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Downloader.gen is not a specific Trojan, but a detection of different Trojans belonging to the Downloader family.

This group of Trojans download other malware to the affected computer.

Downloader.gen does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, e-mail messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Downloader.gen is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.