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ApiHooks.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ApiHooks.A
Technical name:Application/ApiHooks.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  It is a legal DLL that allows to hook Windows API calls made by any process.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:Jan. 5, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

ApiHooks.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.

ApiHooks.A is a legal DLL (Dynamic Link Library) that allows to selectively hook Windows API calls made by any process.

ApiHooks.A is not a risk by itself, but it could be used by other malware categories, such as keyloggers or backdoors, in order to run code in the context of any process.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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