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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Block exe files from running
  • Blocks internet connection
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Slow Computer
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes


Win32/Zbot.GEN is a group of password stealing Trojans that also can function as backdoor allowing remote access and control of the compromised system. What is more, some variants of Win32/Zbot.GEN can also install themselves on other computers if the infected system is connected to Remote Desktop Services. Unfortunately, there no symptoms that would be common to this infection, so the user might not know that his system has been compromised by Win32/Zbot.GEN for a very long time. Prevention is crucial in this case, and the users should not open spam emails or click on links received from unknown senders.

Otherwise it is very easy to get infected with the likes of Win32/Zbot.GEN, and then not only will it attempt to steal your passwords, it can also lower the internet browser security. It is part of its functionality as a backdoor, because low web browser security allows other malicious programs to enter your system. Then Win32/Zbot.GEN connects to a remote server and downloads configuration data that becomes a part of the Trojan's setup. With the data installed the Trojan "knows" where to download the updates from, and which financial institutions to target online.

Win32/Zbot.GEN makes use of application programming interfaces that are used by web browsers in order to steal user's logins and passwords used for particular websites (like banking pages). It even steals such information as web browser cookies, cache passwords and digital certificates (the latter ones are also used by banking firms and websites). Win32/Zbot.GEN can also store sensitive information by keylogging and taking snapshots of the infected computer's system. All the gathered data later on is sent to a remote attacker who is behind this threat.

If that weren't enough Win32/Zbot.GEN can force your computer to restart, remove various files and directories, log you off the computer, block certain websites, change your home page and perform a whole list of other evil deeds! So there is no need to convince you that Win32/Zbot.GEN needs to be removed immediately.

You can get rid of this Trojan either manually or automatically. Automatic removal is the most popular option because then you simply you a computer security program of choice to remove Win32/Zbot.GEN for good, and the program does everything for you automatically, as well as safeguarding your system against similar threats.

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How to manually remove Win32/Zbot.FEN

Files associated with Win32/Zbot.FEN infection:


Win32/Zbot.FEN processes to kill:


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