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Why won’t Windows Defender remove a Trojan Horse?

written by: •edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 5/23/2010

Windows Defender does not really live up to its expectations when protecting its own proprietary operating system. Trojan horses have a tendency to advance in a much faster pace than Windows Defender’s updates, and often, the user is left stranded at the mercy of a less than adequate antivirus.

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    What is a Trojan Horse?

    Trojan Horse 

    It received its name from Greek mythology. When a giant wooden horse was given by the Greek to the Trojans as a gift, it was filled with soldiers that invaded Troy. Likewise, Trojan horse viruses often come as a gift in the form of some useful software application.

    By clicking on a dubious link in an e-mail or web page, the user may be unknowingly infected with a tool that will provide hackers with accessibility to the user’s privacy. Some Trojan horse viruses will also persuade one to purchase the antidote to its own poison, by flashing alarming warnings on the screen and directing the user to a sales website.

    Why won’t Windows Defender remove a Trojan horse? It is simple. The motivation behind the hacker’s interest in your privacy seems to far exceed Microsoft’s effort to provide a real-time anti-viral solution as a part of its operating system.

    Fortunately, there are more reliable ways to protect your computer, and if it is already infected, here are the steps to fix the problem.

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    Three Steps to Remove a Trojan Horse

    Windows Defender 

    Step 1: Update your Windows Defender library of definitions. If Microsoft has an update that will eliminate the Trojan at hand, simply run a scan and it will be eliminated. However, it may not be so easy.

    Some Trojans are designed to sabotage Windows Defender, and the user will NOT be able to make any updates nor run a system scan. Take this step first, and then follow to the next if it does not work. You will have the chance of restoring Windows Defender to its working condition after the system has been rid of the infection.

    Step 2: Update your alternative antivirus program. The same applies for this step. If you are able to update and run a scan, your problem MAY be solved ... but once again, when it comes to Trojans, it is not usually so easy. Follow to the next step if this one fails.

    Step 3: Trojans are created by extremely practical programmers. They will purposefully not use the standards to which most major antivirus software is operating on. Why won’t Windows Defender remove Trojan horse? Windows Defender is not only operating in a highly standardized platform (which makes it a joke to virus creators), but it also often stays behind in its ability to “keep up".

    The truly practical solution to removing a Trojan horse is regularly not found in the antivirus software website. It is found in the forums where, frequently, the creators of viruses themselves are kind enough to provide solutions to the endeavors of their own counterparts.

    Manage to acquire the name of the Trojan horse virus that is affecting your system and perform a web search. Read through the information and find the solution. Follow the steps and eliminate the virus.

    It may sound like the wrong way of dealing with this, as it seems to be a daunting task of research and reading. Nevertheless, it is the quickest and surest way to remove a Trojan horse. You may find out after a few days of failed attempts that the price and review of antivirus software do not guarantee its efficiency.

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