Processor overheating? Antivirus that no longer works? You may be a victim of this virus!
You’ve probably heard of VBS: Malware-Gen. It is a Trojan horse coded in Visual Basic Script often hidden in zip files. The purpose of the latter is to collect and then resell your personal data.
Protect yourself from VBS Malware Gen
Do you want to prevent this virus from spreading to your computer? The first step is to install an antivirus. There are free ones like Windows Defender or Avast. Those who want more security will choose more complete ones like Norton.
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These antiviruses are capable of detecting the virus and quarantining it. This will prevent damage to your computer.
Spot VBS Malware Gen
To identify this virus, you can first search for Autorun.inf files. These (which are initially used to configure peripherals for connection) are launched automatically. The Trojan or Trojan is often camouflaged in these files. Their presence can therefore be an indicator that your computer has been infected.
Other symptoms related to this virus have been reported. If your antivirus seems to have stopped working or if your processor is overheated, your computer may be infected.
Remove VBS Malware Gen
Is your PC compromised? Don’t panic, there are solutions. The first is to use anti-malware software. This will scan your computer for malware to remove. The best known is certainly the free and very effective Malwarebytes. Consider having an up-to-date version of this software to make sure it can correctly identify threats.
Even deleted, it is likely that the Trojan has left traces. VBS Malware Gen may have installed a web extension on your browser. The most radical solution is to simply reset your browser.
To reset Google Chrome:
- Click on the three small dots at the top right on Settings.
- Go down at the bottom and click on advanced settings.
- Go down again at the bottom and click on Restore default settings.
To reset Mozilla Firefox:
- Click on the three bars at the top right then on Help.
- Click on Troubleshooting information.
- On the right, click on Repair Firefox.
Finally if you use shortcuts to launch your browser, make sure that they have not been modified:
- Right click on the shortcut, then select Properties.
- Check that the target of the shortcut has not changed.
By default it should roughly look like this:
You were thus able to combat the threat. However, to avoid these kinds of problems in the future, the best solution is to pay attention to the emails you open and the sites on which you browse.
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