Talk:Trojan horse (computing)

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Needs to say how you can delete trojan horses[edit]

I found this article confusing since it does not say how you can get rid of one if you are infected. It also only tells of common errors, for lack of a better word. There are bound to be some obscure errors that occur if you are infected.

I wonder is a "how to remove a trojan" section really fitting for here since all Trojans do different things and therefore are removed in different ways. Perhaps there could be a link to, say, the Symantec website where the information for each virus(etc) is posted, including removal instructions/tools. Darryl L James 01:31, 5 April 2006 (UTC)
I agree, a "how to remove" section seems out of place. Every infection is different, and generalizing the process could further confuse readers. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jrg7891 (talkcontribs) 02:38, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
The article does not say if there are any remedies at all to trojans. All human health articles talk about treatments. Is throwing my computer out the only way to get rid of a trojan? Teach me, Wikis! ---Ransom (--67.91.216.67 (talk) 01:31, 17 February 2011 (UTC))

do Trojan slow down your pc? AKA do trojan take up all the RAM space? >x<ino 21:01, 4 November 2005 (UTC)

Trojans don't specifically fill up your RAM etc; it depends on how they are programmed. Darryl L James 01:31, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

at this point in time i am busy trying to fight off a trojan with my security software. please can you add some kind of link to a webpage that details howto better fight trojans?!? please! Jthekid15 (talk) 13:15, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Vandalism?[edit]

There is no content in the section "How to defend against". (sorry if this is unwanted/not done well, first time editor.) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.27.71.214 (talk) 23:03, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Any chance of writing this in English?[edit]

Look at the first sentence in the featured article on the front page today? Does it make sense to you? Do you understand what the article is about? Now, pretend that you're not tech-savvy and read this: "A Trojan horse, or Trojan, is a non-self-replicating type of malware which gains privileged access to the operating system while appearing to perform a desirable function but instead drops a malicious payload, often including a backdoor allowing unauthorized access to the target's computer." A what??? Come on! Please! I think I speak for the average reader in saying that when my anti-virus software tells me I may have a trojan I come to this article to find out what a trojan is. Instead, I'm effectively told to come back when I have a degree in computing and try to read it again. "Malware" is linked, but "self-replicating", "privileged access", "payload", "backdoor" etc. mean nothing to me. Is there anybody there with the skills to write that in a way that the average reader can understand? Scolaire (talk) 11:20, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Somebody has finally done it. Thanks. Scolaire (talk) 18:44, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Please add a section on trojan horse detection and removal[edit]

This has been discussed here before with the conclusion that this is an encyclopedic article that should only define qhat a trojan horse is. Ok, but I just had a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanide where the article not only explains what cyanide is but also how it can be detected and which antidotes exist.

I do not see a reason why a different standard should be used for computer science articels and see it a valid and interesting addition to the trojan horse article to add a section on trojan horse detection and removal. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.181.80.36 (talk) 18:35, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

I think this could be done right, but the problem is trojan horses operate in so many different ways an encyclopedic treatment (which is fundamentally distinct from a "how-to guide") wouldn't actually serve the purpose of helping people to remove trojans. So for e.g. Jthekid15 (talk · contribs)'s post above, the better venue to look for help would be the Wikipedia computing reference desk. As for other ideas, for Windows machines I've found Bleeping Computer to be quite helpful. --— Rhododendrites talk |  22:05, 25 January 2014 (UTC)