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HideWindow.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:HideWindow.A
Technical name:Application/HideWindow.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:RiskTool.Win32.HideWindows,
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  It is a legal tool that allows to hide the graphical interface of the applications that are running on the computer.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Nov. 13, 2003
Detection updated on:Oct. 6, 2009
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

HideWindow.A poses a security risk to the computer where it is present. Though these programs are legal and useful tools when they are appropriately used, a hacker could take advantage of them in order to carry out malicious actions.

HideWindow.A allows to hide the graphical interface of the applications that are running on the computer. The user would be totally unaware of which programs are active at a glance.

HideWindow.A is not a risk by itself, but the programs running stealthily could be of any type. Several worms and Trojans use this application in order to be run on the affected computer without the user noticing.

Visible Symptoms 

    

HideWindow.A is difficult to recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that may indicate it has reached the computer.