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Short bio

Trojan.DarkGate is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a family of loader Trojans targetting Windows systems.

Type and source of infection

Trojan.DarkGate is a Trojan downloader. DarkGate is a downloader used by threat actors to distribute malware on a large scale. Downloaders are often the first stage of infection. They are usually small and pre-programmed to download and start other malicious files.

Trojan.DarkGate is typically distributed via links in phishing emails, but alternative methods have been reported.


Malwarebytes blocks the C2 servers and the IPs and domains found to be hosting malware. The detected files are scripts and attachments used in the distribution methods.

Home remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove Trojan.DarkGate without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Business remediation

How to remove Trojan.DarkGate with the Malwarebytes Nebula console

You can use the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Nebula console to scan endpoints.

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Nebula endpoint tasks menu

Choose the Scan + Quarantine option. Afterwards you can check the Detections page to see which threats were found.

Nebula detections
On the Quarantine page you can see which threats were quarantined and restore them if necessary.
Nebula Quarantaine