Have you heard about the Gauss Trojan? Its been in the news recently and it has, perhaps erroneously, been described as a ‘banking Trojan’. Similar to the Flame Trojan, it mainly targets bank users in the Middle East, though theft of money doesn’t seem to be it’s real focus. Instead, collecting information would appear to be it’s reason d’etre.
In any event, I think it is safe to say that you don’t want to have it anywhere near your computer. If you already have a good antivirus or internet security program installed then you should be ok. If not, or if you are still overly concerned that Gauss may have slipped onto your machine regardless, then here is a tool from BitDefender that can quickly put your mind at ease or help you get rid of it as the case may be.
Gauss removal tool
To get started with the security company’s tool head over to http://www.bitdefender.com/news/gauss-removal-tool-powered-by-bitdefender-2556.html. Now scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will see the text below:
Here you need to click on one of the two red links according to whether you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. This will lead to the file being downloaded to your computer, probably into your ‘Downloads’ folder as per the image below:
Double-click on the BDRemovalToolLauncher_Gauss_x** icon and the program will launch:
At this point you obviously need to click on the green ‘Start Scan’ button in order to get going.
The program will then go through all the appropriate files on your computer, looking for Gauss. If it isn’t discovered then your scan will finish as per this image:
If you’ve not been so fortunate then follow the instructions you’ll see in order to remove the Gauss Trojan from your PC.