What is a Win32.downloader.gen alert on Spybot, and Avast and Bitdefender Total security 2013 can’t detect it? Why does it keep popping up all the time? Spybot Search & Destroy and AVG detected it but cannot remove it successfully. What do I do to keep my PC safe and virus-free? Do I have to go through all the complicated steps to reinstall Windows? What could happen to my PC if I cannot get rid of this virus in time?

How to Remove Win32.downloader.gen Virus?

Win32.downloader.gen is categorized as a Trojan horse that many computer users have come across on their computers lately. There are certain generic-description Trojans that are classified as unknown Trojans by a lot of antivirus companies. This particular Trojan is responsible for dropping malware infections once it gets connected to internet. Basically, this Trojan can remain dormant if the PC is not connected to the net. However, once the connection is found, then this particular Trojan can cause a lot of trouble on your computer. Specially associated with malware and spyware, this Trojan virus can not only get malware to install, but also help distant PC hackers collect and steal valuable personal information out of its victims. Hence, this Trojan should be removed as soon as possible. No one can promise that you won’t lose more data to it if it gets to stay within a certain period of time.

Win32.downloader.gen Trojan is not a virus that can be removed completely by antivirus applications. However, that does not mean that your antivirus programs are totally useless. Nowadays as more people benefit from hacking into computers, more nasty viruses including Trojans, malware, browser redirect issues and ransomware have been created every once in a while. They can upgrade as time goes by and become more difficult to be removed. Also, with the ability to spread over different networks, systems that are vulnerable will probably be the targets. Viewing online pornographic content, installing malicious programs and receiving files from unknown resources could all be the reasons of your computer being attacked by this Trojan infection.

Once it’s successfully getting through, Win32.downloader.gen virus will start bringing chaos on the infected system. Consequences like PC running slower than before, security alerts popping up more often and internet connection being cut off frequently will be experienced. Also, when a Trojan is associated with certain malicious programs, it can bring them gradually into your computer to create more troubles. Malware like fake antivirus applications will be asking you to sign up and pay for their fake registered versions so that they can scam money. You may even be blocked out of your own computer by some unfamiliar warning screens.

Note: Since antivirus applications have failed to remove this Win32.downloader.gen Trojan, manual removal is suggested here as it’s guaranteed. Advanced computer skills will be required during the manual removal process. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Expert now for further assistance if you are not familiar with manual removal concept. Any mistake happens during the removal could lead to more problems.

Win32.downloader.gen Screenshot


How Did You Get The Trojan Virus And What Will It Do On The Infected Computer?

Most of the times, this Win32.downloader.gen Trojan is detected by heuristic engine of any antivirus. The best way to handle it is moving it to quarantine and then removing it permanently. If you do not, then this Trojan can do the following:

It leads to other malware on internet. Basically, this can work as a magnet for all such malicious files on internet that may enter your computer though any bug. At such times, you may not even know what is happening behind the curtain. But your computer will start acting weird. It will slow down and may get worse with time.

This Trojan can set backdoor on your computer that is used by hackers in order to access your computer and then control it. Once this happens, your computer may be used for illegal activities as well as spamming other computer. This Trojan can also increase payload and bring in other malware to disrupt your computer’s functioning, making it slow and inefficient.

So, how does this Win32.downloader.gen Trojan enters your computer? Well, this particular Trojan can enter your computer though any of the following methods:

Sometimes, you may come across some legitimate websites that have been hacked and are being used to spread malware. You may think you are downloading files from a trusted source, but it will drop junk and malicious codes on your computer without your knowledge.

Infected software and programs are big source of such Trojans. Many times, useful software may be bundled with such Win32.downloader.gen malware. While you may think it is a free gift, you may end up installing this Trojan on your own.

Other than that, spam mails also lead to such infections. You may click some link provided in these e-mails or download any attachment that is bundled in these mails. When you click on these, you may unknowingly install Trojan.

Other than this, peer-to-peer websites also lead to such malware infections. This includes torrents too. You may want to download something very genuine but you wouldn’t know if that particular file is packed with a malware. Mostly torrents are allowed to go undetected or surpass antivirus. If this happens, then any malware entering your computer through torrent will go undetected too.

By the time your antivirus scanner notifies you about an infection, a lot of damage may be done. In such a case, even the scanner may not be able to remove this malware. At the end you have to put extra effort to get this malware removed from your computer system. Hence, try to avoid opting for freeware or downloading data from sources that are not trusted.

Steps on How to Remove This Infection Manually

Step 1: Open Windows Task Manager to end processed related to [Win32.downloader.gen]. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time or right click on bottom Task Bar and select Start Task Manager.
Windows Task Manager

Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start menu. Go to Folder Options and under View tab, select Show hidden files and folders and non-select Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) then click OK.
Folder Options

Step 3: Go to Registry Editor. First press Windows+R keys and then type regedit in Run box to search. Delete registry entries associated with this Win32.downloader.gen Trojan infection.

Video on How to Modify or Change Windows Registry


Win32.downloader.gen Trojan virus isn’t an easy one to get rid of. Due to the fact that it is created by PC hackers and used to help them benefit, it can bypass many antivirus protection and sneak into different computers without approval from PC owners to bring chaos. This Trojan virus can specially download malware on its own. Soon you will experience other malicious programs on the same computer. Also, with the ability to change as time goes by, it may not be removed completely if one doesn’t have much experience. You will need to search around different locations on the computer to define and delete associating items with this Trojan virus. Any left files could bring this Trojan right back!

Note: If you are not able to get rid of this Win32.downloader.gen Trojan completely from the above steps, contact Online PC Expert now for further assistance to save your computer in time.

Published by Michael Myn & last updated on January 22, 2014 7:20 am

3 Responses to “Win32.downloader.gen Removal”

  1. Fred Lowry says:

    Please advise how much it would cost me to have win32.downloader.gen removed from my computer.

    Thank you

  2. Jen Bolin says:

    When you run spybot, it says it can’t get rid of this virus, but if you click on Fix Problems a second time, it will give you a green check that it removed it. The only problem is that it always back. I would love to know how to block it.

  3. George Nixon, Jr. says:

    Jen Bolin’s comment above is exactly my senior friend’s (in another state) problem. He’s using Windows XP Professional version 2000, Service Pack 3. I’ve never seen XP, so I’m trying to get help that I can give him. Thanks!