Although a Trojan horse is not, technically speaking a virus (more on that later) it can be similarly defined as a computer program which is normally hidden within another seemingly innocent program that then replicates itself and inserts itself into other programs or files. The intention of this being to perform a malicious function, such as stealing or simply destroying data. However, unlike a regular computer virus, Trojan horses are slightly different as they do not reproduce themselves naturally – they need you to help them with that.
|TR/Patched.Ren.Gen detection in Windows temp folder|
So what does TR/Patched.Ren.Gen do and how dangerous is it to the average PC user?
At their least harmful (but still annoying) it may install its server on to your PC and then bombard you with pop-up adverts for products or websites that you probably have no interest in. However, at its worst, this Trojan horse can infiltrate your hard drive and then monitor the websites you visit and log your keystrokes (with the aim of stealing your personal data and passwords). Obviously this is online fraud at its nastiest, but some Trojans merely take pleasure in causing you harm for no better reason than their own pleasure. These might corrupt your data and files, locking them so they're inaccessible or they may just delete them altogether.
Tell me; how does it infiltrate my computer?
There are a number of ways that you may end up with this Trojan horse on your PC. Some come attached as .exe files in spam emails, and some may be cunningly disguised as a piece of software that is just begging you to download it – a new episode of your favorite TV show for example. The whole art of the Trojan is to convince you – the unsuspecting citizen of Troy – to let it in and wreak havoc in your personal space.
How can I protect myself against this Trojan infection?
The ways that Trojans install themselves should give you the answer to that question. Obviously you should make sure your PC is up to date with the latest Windows security patches and you should run your (reputable!) anti-malware software regularly, but you should always think twice about downloading something that's screaming at you to install it – no matter how tempting! Finally, spam emails? Don't open them. And if you do so by accident, whatever you do – don't click on any attachments. Furthermore, don't download software from unreliable sources, warez and cracks sites.
How can I remove TR/Patched.Ren.Gen?
To remove TR/Patched.Ren.Gen and other malware, including rootkits, that may have been installed on your computer, please follow the removal guide below. If you have questions, leave a comment below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
TR/Patched.Ren.Gen removal instructions:
1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer.
2. Download and run TDSSKiller. Press the button Start scan for the utility to start scanning.
3. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Then click Continue. Please reboot your computer after the disinfection is over.