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Xcmd.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Xcmd.A
Technical name:Application/Xcmd.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  It is a program that allows to run applications on remote computers.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Jan. 12, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Xcmd.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.

Xcmd.A is a program that allows to run other applications on remote computers, without installing any client software on the controlling computer. The only requirement is to run Xcmd.A on the remote computer. However, the user must have administrator rights on the remote computer.

In addition, Xcmd.A allows to establish a Telnet connection with a remote computer without any Telnet server, and to run DOS commands, such as dir.

Xcmd.A is not a risk by itself, but the applications run on the remote computer could be of any type, including Trojans and backdoors.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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