What is Trojan.Xwo?

Trojan.Xwo is a dangerous computer system infection that can be used by cyber criminals to scour the Internet for vulnerable systems that can be infected with other malware. Trojan infections are often really stealthy, and they are good at hiding their presence from the affected users. Therefore, unless you perform regular system scans with a powerful antispyware application, you may not know that you have this intruder until it is too late to do anything about it. Therefore, if you feel that there might be something off about your system, scan it right now. If the malicious infection is detected, remove Trojan.Xwo immediately.

Where does Trojan.Xwo come from?

Judging from our research team has gathered about this infection, Trojan.Xwo uses a Python-based code. This code is similar to MongoLock Ransomware. Although we cannot confirm that both infections come hand-in-hand, there is a very good chance that they have been developed by the same criminals.

Also, MongoLock Ransomware was used to wipe out computer servers across corporate systems, holding the data hostage until the admins would pay the ransom fee to restore the data. From that, we can see that Trojan.Xwo can also be used to infect corporate systems, rather than individual computers. After all, affecting big computer systems is a lot more profitable than infecting individual desktops.

Aside from that, we can also see that Trojan.Xwo and MongoLock Ransomware use similar naming for their command and control centers (C&C). The overall C&C infrastructure also overlaps in some ways, so the connection between the two infections is obvious.

What does Trojan.Xwo do?

Although both programs are similar, Trojan.Xwo does not encrypt target files or exploit the infected users. When it enters the target system, it works more like a scanning device that is looking for default passwords and other system vulnerabilities. It can collect server access information and then send it all back to its C&C.

So rather than being a full-blown infection, Trojan.Xwo is more of a tool or a malware component that can work based on what the C&C programs it to do. In a sense, we cannot really tell you the exact list of information this Trojan collects because it might differ from one infected system to the other.

However, if Trojan.Xwo manages to find certain exploitable vulnerabilities, it is very likely that the system in question will be soon attacked by a more dangerous infection, and then it would be really hard to fend it off.

It is also clear that Trojan.Xwo is a new type of malware that researchers do not encounter every single day. It wouldn’t be surprising that this infection could cause damage to computer networks all around the globe if it is applied “properly.” Therefore, to protect computer systems from this intruder, you have to employ all the security measures possible.

Perhaps the hardest part about securing a big network against a malware attack is the fact that there are many weak links. It’s just one user when someone attacks a desktop computer. But when it’s an entire network, there could be several individuals responsible for letting the malicious software in. Hence, education on cyber security matters, and if you are responsible for a big system, you might want to make sure that your colleagues or employees are updated on the latest cybersecurity threats and how to avoid them.

How do I remove Trojan.Xwo?

Unless you are a computer security specialist, it would not be a good idea to look into this issue on your own. Seeing how Trojan.Xwo affects systems on the network level, your best bet would be acquiring a powerful security application that would scan the entire system, looking for the malicious files.

While you are at it, you might also want to check for other potential threats because if Trojan.Xwo managed to enter your system, there could be more dangerous programs on-board, too. It would also be a good idea to notify your colleagues about the infection, and various measures that would prevent similar intruders from entering your systems and servers.

Finally, we also need to wait and see how these types of infections evolve in the future because it is obvious that Trojan.Xwo shows that malware development takes a step to a new direction, and we have to be ready to counter it in the near future.

Trojan.Xwo Removal

  1. Remove unfamiliar files from your Desktop.
  2. Delete the most recently downloaded files.
  3. Perform a full system scan with SpyHunter. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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