Conteban is a trojan infection, though its purpose is not entirely clear. Generally, trojans can perform a variety of malicious activities, including stealing information, logging keystrokes, displaying fake screens, as well as working as a backdoor for other malware infections to enter a computer. Trojans are not always noticeable without an anti-virus program, which is why they can be very dangerous. It’s also why having anti-virus software installed is important. If your anti-virus program detects it, it will immediately delete Conteban trojan from your computer.
Trojans have many features, and depending on what they were developed to do, trojans will perform a variety of malicious activities. Banking trojans steal banking login credentials, while backdoor trojans allow other malware to enter. Some trojans may lay dormant on a computer, waiting to be initiated. There are certain signs that indicate a trojan infection but not all trojans are noticeable. Some of the signs include a suddenly laggy computer, programs crashing or not launching, an increase in ads, redirects to questionable websites, etc. This is why it’s important to check the computer with anti-virus software if you notice any strange behavior. It’s not exactly clear what the purpose of this trojan is but it could be a backdoor trojan that would download another malware onto your device.
It’s unlikely that you would notice the trojan without an anti-virus program so it’s likely that it has already successfully deleted Conteban Trojan from your computer. If it hasn’t, allow it to remove Conteban Trojan. A scan of the computer should also pick up any other malicious infections that may have gotten in via the trojan.
How to avoid malware infections
Users’ bad online habits frequently lead to serious malware infections. If users open unsolicited email attachments without double-checking them, engage with ads while visiting dubious websites, download copyrighted content through torrents, etc., their chances of coming across malware drastically increase. You can prevent future malware infections on your computer by altering your browsing behavior and becoming familiar with the most common malware distribution methods.
It is common knowledge that downloading pirated content via torrents frequently results in malware infections. It’s quite easy for malicious actors to post torrents for movies, TV shows, video games, software, etc. with malware in them because torrent sites are often poorly moderated. When users download those torrents and open them, they accidentally initiate the malware. We advise against pirating because downloading premium copyrighted content for free is also effectively theft.
Email attachments are one of the most popular ways that malicious actors spread malware. Cybercriminals use email addresses they buy from various hacker forums to send emails with malicious attachments. Anyone who is aware that malicious emails might spread malware should be able to spot them immediately. However, users who are less tech-savvy might download or open those attachments since they would not recognize the signs. Grammar and spelling mistakes in emails supposedly sent by well-known companies are usually the biggest giveaway. Since mistakes make a poor impression, legitimate emails rarely have them. Another red flag is when you are referred to as a “User”, “Member”, or “Customer” when the sender should know your name. Malicious actors have no other option but to use generic words because they do not have access to users’ personal information. Last but not least, we strongly advise running any unsolicited email attachments through VirusTotal or anti-virus software before opening them.
Trojans can also be downloaded from shady websites that users often get redirected to. If you do not have an adblocker program, as well as an anti-virus tool on your computer, you need to be very careful when visiting high-risk websites (e.g. sites that have pornography and/or pirated content) because malware could download onto your computer.
Lastly, it’s important to stress how essential installing updates is. Malware can use vulnerabilities in software to get into the computer. When critical vulnerabilities that may be misused are discovered, they are urgently patched with an update. But some users are slow to install updates, and that can have serious consequences. It’s strongly recommended to install updates as soon as they are released.
How to remove Conteban trojan from your computer
Trojans can be quite sophisticated infections so it’s recommended to use anti-malware software to remove Conteban trojan from your computer. It’s unlikely that you’d notice the infection without such a program so it likely has already removed Conteban trojan. If the trojan allowed other malware to enter, the anti-virus would also detect/remove it. Though it’s not certain what the trojan does exactly, we recommend you change your passwords in case the trojan was able to steal them.
Conteban trojan is detected as:
- FileRepMalware [PUP] by Avast/AVG
- Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.Linkury.vho by Kaspersky
- GenericRXJH-KM!DF10926E6477 by McAfee
- Trojan:Win32/Emotet by Microsoft
- TROJ_GEN.R002C0DC221 by TrendMicro
- Trojan.Agent.EHMB (B) by Emsisoft
- Trojan.Agent.EHMB by BitDefender
- Adware.Linkury by Malwarebytes
- Trojan Horse by Symantec