There are approximately 1,733,993,741 worldwide computer users according to Internet World Stats Usage and Population Statistics website. Everyone using a computer connected to the worldwide web in any fashion is vulnerable to Trojan horses. Anti-virus software is not enough protection because a virus is different from a Trojan. Computers for full protection against Trojans require software specifically designed to protect against Trojans according to the website Trojan-horse.info where questions users have about Trojan horses are answered.
Trojan horses, for those not familiar with them, are programs that are designed to look like something that we might want to click on or download such as a friendly email from a family member or friend or a game, sound file or even a photograph. When clicked on Trojans can be downloaded and do all kinds of nasty things to our hard drives.
Some of the things Trojans are known to be capable of doing are:
Delete system files
Allow others full access to your computer system and the files on your computer
Read your emails (the ones you send and those you receive)
Read the documents that you type
Read the files that you use
Discover your passwords
Obtain access to your private information stored on files
Watch what web pages you visit while surfing on the web
Obtain sensitive data from your computer such as your credit card details
Be an unseen but constant presence on your computer observing everything you do
Does this sound scary to you? Does this information make you want to scan your computer right now for Trojans that may be lurking on your hard drive? Unfortunately, our world is becoming increasingly more depend on computers and we use them for personal, business and even school making Trojans a threat to the majority of the world’s citizens.
Your computer is NOT at risk if you do not have a modem connection, and you have absolutely no connection at all to any form of network or have any ability at all to accept files such as from a floppy drive or CD-ROM.
How to protect your computer from Trojan Horses
Anti-Trojan software is available that can protect your computer from Trojans and from other malware too. This type of software was created with the purpose of not only finding Trojans on your system but also to remove any offending file from your hard drive. Most software programs can also block new infections from gaining access to your computer, which is really the important part of the protection that you want. There are always new Trojans appearing in our world of computers and anti-Trojan and Anti-Malware software programs must be able to be upgraded on a regular basis so that your protection is up-to-date for these new Trojans. Most programs are designed to be automatically updated.
There are five anti-Trojan tools that rank highest according to PC Flank and those anti-Trojan programs are Kaspersky Antivirus, Tauscan, TrojanRemover, Trojan Defence Suite (TDS), and Dr. Web. According to PC Flank all five will detect 9 out of 10 Trojan horses on your computer. PC Flank states that there no one gets 100% detection rate and that for full protection individuals should use personal firewalls along with anti-Trojan programs. Regarding a recommendation from PC Flank regarding which anti-Trojan program to use, the preference was given to Tauscan and Dr. Web for their user-friendly interfaces can ease of use.
Internet World Stats http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm
Trojan-Horse Info http://www.trojan-horse.info/en/index.aspx
PC Flank http://www.pcflank.com/art26d.htm