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Psshutdown.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Psshutdown.A
Technical name:Application/Psshutdown.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:PSKill,
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  It is a legal tool that allows to shut down or restart the computer.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Nov. 27, 2003
Detection updated on:April 6, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Psshutdown.A is a hacking tool. 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.

Psshutdown.A is a program that allows to shut down or restart the computer. It is very similar to the Unix command shutdown.

Psshutdown.A is not a risk if the user runs it consciously, but it is also used by several worms and Trojans with malicious intentions. Restarting the computer would turn into losing the unsaved information.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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