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Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:HatFiend.10
Technical name:Bck/HatFiend.10
Threat level:Low
Effects:  It leaves the affected computer vulnerable to possible external attacks.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:Aug. 11, 2003

Brief Description 


HatFiend.10 is a backdoor type Trojan, which allows hackers to gain remote access to other computers, in order to carry out actions that can compromise user confidentiality and impede the tasks performed on the computer.

The actions of this Trojan are very dangerous. Among them, the following can be highlighted: log keystrokes, totally control the hard drives, disable the shortcut keys CTRL + ALT + Del, etc.

This Trojan consists of four modules: a server program, a client program, a test program and an editor program.

Visible Symptoms 


HatFiend.10 is easy to recognize, as it displays a fake error message on screen, in order to trick the user into thinking that the program  has failed:

This error message could be different, as the hacker can modify it using the editor program.

If the CD-ROM tray opens and closes without user intervention, or the Windows Start button hides and shows at random, HatFiend.10 may have affected your computer.