What’s the deal with Trojans?

Trojans are malicious programs hidden within apparently benign software, such as screen savers, games and even web pages. Once a PC is infected with a Trojan, the machine is no longer yours.

The Trojan software may be designed to capture your passwords as you type them, to capture credit card details off the screen and to harvest your personal, private information – it will then send this information to a system somewhere else on the Internet without you being any the wiser. Another form of Trojan may allow an attacker to remote control your PC, to use your computer to attack another or to act as a conduit for pornography or other illegal material.