The Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra Trojan is a generic kind of Trojan downloader that may be associated with numerous online scams. One of the most recent batches of Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra Trojan attacks involves a spam email campaign supposedly associated with an online pizza delivery service. A batch of spam email messages has been distributing a variant of the Zlob Trojan, claiming to come from the Girolamo Pizzeria, an actual pizza company. However, the spam message misspells Girolamo as "Gerolamo!" While a pizza-themed spam campaign is a change from the usual brand of penis enlargement emails and supposed work from home opportunities, its effects are just as dangerous.
The Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra scam email will claim that you made an order and will provide a cancellation link. However, clicking on this link leads to an attack website that will attempt to infect your computer system with a variant of the Zlob and Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra Trojans. These will usually then attempt to force you to download and install rogue security applications on your computer system. Various cases of false positive Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra Trojan infections have been detected. However, these kinds of false positives can be avoided by keeping your security software fully updated. If you detect a Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra Trojan attack while opening an unsolicited email message, it is highly likely that your computer is being exposed to this dangerous malware infection.
Ways in Which Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra is Venomous to Your Computer
Variants of Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra can be quite dangerous to a computer system. While the variant of Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra associated with the recent pizza-themed spam email campaign will download the Zlob Trojan, other variants of this malware threat can also install a backdoor on the victim's computer system. These often include a worm component that not only installs a backdoor but also can spread from one infected computer system to another through removable memory drives and shared folders on a network.
Other variants of Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra infection are known for stealing banking information, particularly associated with South American banks. Most variants of Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra have the capacity to disable security programs and decrease the infected computer's security settings. Some software, like Ashampoo PowerUp XP Platinum 2, may be detected as Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra if your security software is not updated. However, these false positives are rare.
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