Published May 20, 2009 | Updated Nov 07, 2017

Backdoor:Win32/Qakbot.gen!A

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: TrojanSpy:Win32/Botinok (other) Trojan.Spy.Shoe.B (BitDefender) Win32/Qakbot!generic (CA) Trojan-Spy.Win32.Botinok.a (Kaspersky) W32/Pinkslipbot (McAfee) Mal/Qbot-B (Sophos) W32.Qakbot (Symantec) Backdoor.QBot.F (VirusBuster) Backdoor:Win32/Qbot.A (other)

Summary

Backdoor:Win32/Qakbot.gen!A is a generic detection for a trojan backdoor that connects to a remote server, allowing an attacker to access the infected system. By allowing remote access, this backdoor trojan can perform several actions including stealing information and logging user keystrokes. Some variants of this malware may attempt to spread to open shares across a network, including the default shares C$ and Admin$.

Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware. 

Use cloud protection 

Use cloud protection to help guard against the latest malware threats. It’s turned on by default for Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender Antivirus for Windows 10. 

Go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Defender > Windows Defender Security Center > Virus & threat protection and make sure that your Cloud-based Protection settings is turned On

Get more help

You can also visit our advanced troubleshooting page or search the Microsoft virus and malware community for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

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