What Is the Malware Win32/Heuer?

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What Is the Malware Win32/Heuer?
Win 32/Heuer is a serious threat to your Internet safety. (virus alert image by Pontus Edenberg from Fotolia.com)

Among the threats you encounter online, the most pernicious are the malware that install without your knowledge and attempt to steal your data. One of these offenders is the Win 32/Heuer Trojan.

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Win 32/Heuer, more commonly spelt Heur, is a Trojan, a computer infection that gets into your system and replicates itself. This makes it harder to get rid of. This infection has many names, as well, most including "Win32", "Heur", or "Heuristic". Win 32/Heur's purpose is to get your personal data, including bank account numbers and PINs and other sensitive information. This can allow people to steal your finances or even your identity.

Infection

You can get this infection many different ways. Attachments on e-mails are culprits in spreading the infection, as are peer-to-peer networks where you download files. You can also get it from visiting certain websites, usually of the adult or gambling variety.

Symptoms

This infection manifests as endless pop-up advertisements and continues these even after you are offline. It redirects websites and changes your default home page. It adds programs and running processes to your system, and can remove registry keys, making your system unstable. Win 32/Heur records your online activity and disables your antivirus, then throws in a pop-up for a fake antivirus. Get rid of the infection as soon as possible to keep your system and your identity safe.

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