Modified by: Abraham Latimer Camba


Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003


  • Threat Type: Trojan

  • Destructiveness: No

  • Encrypted:

  • In the wild: Yes


Infection Channel: Dropped by other malware

This Trojan may be dropped by other malware.

It connects to certain URLs. It may do this to remotely inform a malicious user of its installation. It may also do this to download possibly malicious files onto the computer, which puts the computer at a greater risk of infection by other threats.

It deletes the initially executed copy of itself.


File Size: 65,536 bytes
File Type: EXE
Memory Resident: No
Initial Samples Received Date: 10 May 2012
Payload: Connects to URLs/IPs

Arrival Details

This Trojan may be dropped by the following malware:



This Trojan drops the following copies of itself into the affected system and executes them:

  • %System%\winlogin.exe

(Note: %System% is the Windows system folder, which is usually C:\Windows\System on Windows 98 and ME, C:\WINNT\System32 on Windows NT and 2000, or C:\Windows\System32 on Windows XP and Server 2003.)

Autostart Technique

This Trojan drops the following shortcut pointing to its copy in the User Startup folder to enable its automatic execution at every system startup:

  • %User Startup%\Internet Explorer.lnk

(Note: %User Startup% is the current user's Startup folder, which is usually C:\Windows\Profiles\{user name}\Start Menu\Programs\Startup on Windows 98 and ME, C:\WINNT\Profiles\{user name}\Start Menu\Programs\Startup on Windows NT, and C:\Documents and Settings\{User name}\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.)

Download Routine

This Trojan connects to the following malicious URLs:

  • http://{BLOCKED}

Other Details

This Trojan deletes the initially executed copy of itself


Minimum Scan Engine: 9.200

Step 1

For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users, before doing any scans, please make sure you disable System Restore to allow full scanning of your computer.

Step 2

Identify and delete files detected as TROJ_SWYSYN.SME using the Recovery Console

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Step 3

Remove the malware/grayware file that dropped/downloaded TROJ_SWYSYN.SME


Step 4

Search and delete these files

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There may be some component files that are hidden. Please make sure you check the Search Hidden Files and Folders checkbox in the "More advanced options" option to include all hidden files and folders in the search result.
  • %User Startup%\Internet Explorer.lnk

Step 5

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as TROJ_SWYSYN.SME. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check this Knowledge Base page for more information.

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