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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Slow Computer
  • Slow internet connection


Trojan.Linux is a Trojan horse that usually works as a component of other malware infections. There are also quite a few versions of this Trojan, so whichever version you might be infected with, you are up for a big fight, because Trojan.Linux is definitely not the only malicious application in your system right now.

Some versions of Trojan.Linux work together with Trojan:AndroidOS/Stiniter.A in order to lower the security of an Android device. It just shows that phone that run on Android operating system are just as vulnerable to infection as your average computer.

However, perhaps the most important feature of Trojan.Linux is that it does not infect computers that run in Windows OS. The systems affected by this Trojan horse run on Linux. When this Trojan gets into a Linux system, it behaves like a tool that exploits a management vulnerability in OpenSSH.

Unlike most of the Trojan infections, you can actually see that something is wrong right when Trojan.Linux is installed. Once Trojan.Linux executable file is run the Trojan checks whether the User ID is set to 0 allowing Root access, and if it is not so, then it shows the following message:

Sorry Dude, need root for raw IP.

Trojan.Linux is also a very tricky infection, because it MIGHT look as though it exploits an OpenSSH vulnerability, but in fact the data is sends over to the port used by the OpenSSH daemon is not malicious at all. Nevertheless, Trojan.Linux can cause a lot of problems and confusion, considering that adds an entry for a new user, and doesn't forget a new password as well. The password for the Trojan-created user is kept in a shadow file.

It also has been determined that Trojan.Linux connects to the internet and emails files to predetermined addresses before deleting the said files. Whatever the real intentions of this mysterious Trojan might be, the truth is that you cannot allow it to stay in your computer any longer. Remove Trojan.Linux from your system either manually or automatically using a powerful computer security program. The sooner you get rid of all the malware plaguing your system the better.

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How to manually remove Trojan.Linux

Files associated with Trojan.Linux infection:


Trojan.Linux processes to kill:


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