Conteban

Conteban Description

Conteban is a Trojan infection that affects Windows operating systems. Like with most of the Trojan infections, there are several versions of this threat, and while some of the older versions have been remediated by anti-malware products, the Trojan is still available in the wild, and it could affect less protected systems. Investing in a licensed security application is one of the best ways to protect your computer from Conteban and other similar infections. Trojans often remain silent in the affected system for a while, so users need a powerful security tool to smoke them out, figuratively speaking.

Technical overview of the Trojan suggests that Conteban is usually dropped on the system by other malware or users download the file unwittingly themselves. Trojans might come bundled with freeware apps via file-sharing websites. They could also be part of a cracked software setup, so be sure to only download programs from official websites.

Conteban Has a Variety of Aliases

There are several aliases for this Trojan as well, as there are several versions. The most common generic name for Conteban is Trojan-Win32/Conteban. It might also be found under Trojan:Win32/Conteban.A!ml and Trojan.VBS.Conteban.A. One of its aliases is also Ransom:Win32/Conteban.A!ml, which means that the Trojan could also be associated with ransomware. It could be used for ransomware distribution or to download the malicious payload once the Trojan itself has been dropped on the target system.

In general, it is not surprising that different types of infections are so interconnected. Since Conteban can be dropped by other malware, it is only natural that the presence of one infection can point to a few other threats, too.

As far as technical details are concerned, we can give you an example of Trojan.VBS.Conteban.A. This infection comes in a VBS type of file (as per its name), and the file size is 781,501 bytes. The Trojan adds multiple processes to the system; most of them can be listed under wscript.exe in the Task Manager. This is also a Windows process, so the Trojan might be hiding behind a familiar name to avoid detection.

An Adaptive and Versatile Threat

Depending on what its owners want it to do, Conteban could log and steal banking logins and passwords or add the affected computer to a bigger botnet. Security experts point out that the payload of this infection could be anything – it is rather generic, so the moment it infects the system and establishes a connection with its command-and-control center, then it would receive more detailed instructions on what it should do.

Needless to say, you mustn’t wait for that to happen. While it is hard to detect a Trojan as they seldom have GUI, regular scans should help you see whether your system has been compromised or not. If a security tool of your choice detects Conteban, make sure to remove it at once. You will most probably find more infections on board, so do not hesitate to remove them all, too.

Finally, a powerful anti-malware tool may not be enough to stop Conteban and other similar infections from entering your system if you do not change your web browsing habits. Learn more about safe web browsing to avoid dangerous threats in the future.