Trojan horse (computing)

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For the original from Greek mythology, see Trojan Horse.

A trojan horse (Sometimes called a trojan) is a kind of malware. It is special computer program that pretends to do a certain thing, but in reality it does something else, such as allow a stranger to access the computer and change it and read its information. In some cases the user notices, in other cases they do not. Spyware programs are current examples of programs that work as trojans.

It is rare to get a trojan on your computer by merely visiting a website, though it can happen. Usually, though, trojans are attached to something you download, such as music, wallpapers, backgrounds, games, and especially executable files (.exe) and so on.

It was named after the Trojan Horse in Greek mythology, given as a gift and meant to destroy.