Threat Database Trojans Hijack.Shell.Gen


By Domesticus in Trojans

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 80 % (High)
Infected Computers: 29
First Seen: January 8, 2014
Last Seen: May 22, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Hijack.Shell.Gen is a Trojan infection that is designed to hijack Web browsers and steal confidential information. Hijack.Shell.Gen is used by criminals to profit at the expense of computer users and may cause numerous problems on affected computers. Hijack.Shell.Gen is usually associated with social engineering scams that are used to distribute Hijack.Shell.Gen and similar infections. If your computer has become exposed to Hijack.Shell.Gen, malware researchers strongly advise the immediate use of a strong, reliable security program to disinfect your computer and prevent future attacks involving Hijack.Shell.Gen or similar threats.

What is the Objective of Trojan Infections Like Hijack.Shell.Gen

Hijack.Shell.Gen is a type of threat known as a Trojan. These types of infections are named after the Trojan from Homer's Iliad. This happens because Trojans usually cannot enter a computer on their own and usually relies on computer users themselves to download and open them. Following the pattern of the Trojan Horse that was brought as an offering to the city of Troy, Trojans are usually presented to the computer user as helpful or attractive programs, files or email attachments. However, when the computer user opens these, a threatening code installs the Trojan's 'payload', or harmful portion. In the case of Hijack.Shell.Gen, unsafe components that allow criminals to take over the affected computer and steal private data are released.

Protecting Your Computer from Hijack.Shell.Gen and Similar Threats

You can protect your computer from Hijack.Shell.Gen with the use of a strong, fully updated anti-malware program. However, the absolutely best way of preventing threat attacks like Hijack.Shell.Gen is changing your Web browsing habits. Generally, you can protect your computer by never opening email file attachments or links from unknown sources unless you are absolutely sure of their contents. You should also keep the distance from online content generally regarded as unsafe, including pornographic websites, file sharing websites or Web pages involved in criminal content such as distributing illegally-copied software, movies or music. It is also crucial to maintain all of your software fully up to date since threats like Hijack.Shell.Gen may take advantage of vulnerabilities in your software due to using outdated versions.


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