Trojan.Ransom.gen!E is one of the many variants of ransomware Trojans that have run rampant in the last couple of years. Trojan.Ransom.gen!E, in particular, is a variant that was first detected in April of 2012. Trojan.Ransom.gen!E carries out an attack that does not differ greatly from the most common ransomware infection that can be found in the wild today. The main scam associated with Trojan.Ransom.gen!E consists in trying to convince inexperienced computer users that they need to pay an exorbitant fee by threatening them with a fake message from their country’s main police agency. When dealing with variants of the Trojan.Ransom.gen!E Trojan, ESG security analysts recommend ignoring the contents of any messages blocking your access to the infected computer and using a trustworthy anti-malware program that is fully up to date to remove Trojan.Ransom.gen!E from the infected computer.
Most ransomware threats like Trojan.Ransom.gen!E involve taking over the victim’s computer, essentially holding it hostage in exchange for a ransom (hence the term ‘ransomware’). Trojan.Ransom.gen!E carries out this same scam, displaying a full screen message claiming that the victim’s computer has been blocked and that it is necessary to pay a certain amount of money to regain control of the infected computer. Different ransomware variants display differing messages. While some will claim that the victim’s computer was involved in illegal activities, other will claim that the victim’s operating system is not legitimate, or that a virus infection was detected on the victim’s computer and that access to the infected computer was blocked for the victim’s own good. Regardless of their methods, ransomware such as Trojan.Ransom.gen!E use lies to trick inexperienced computer users into paying a ransom using money transfer services such as PaySafeCard, Ukash, or Moneypak.
The main problem in removing Trojan.Ransom.gen!E and similar threats is bypassing the harassing message that appears when the PC is booted in order to gain access to anti-malware software on the infected computer. Commonly, this can be done using Safe Mode. Some variants of Trojan.Ransom.gen!E can block Safe Mode. In these cases, an alternative start-up source, such as an external memory drive or the command prompt should be used to access your applications. Once you gain access to your computer, nearly all anti-malware programs can handle a Trojan.Ransom.gen!E infection.
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