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PassView.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:PassView.A
Technical name:Application/PassView.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  It allows to recover the passwords that are stored on the hard drive of the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Feb. 24, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

PassView.A is a Hacking Tool. Though these programs are legitimate and useful tools when they are appropriately used, a hacker could take advantage of them in order to carry out malicious actions.

PassView.A allows to recover the passwords that are stored on the hard drive of the affected computer. These passwords fall into three categories:

  • Outlook passwords: stored when the user checks the Remember password option.
  • Autocomplete entries: stored when the user logs on to a website and checks the Remember password option.
  • Passwords from protected websites: stored when Internet Explorer offers to save the password and the user answers Yes.

PassView.A is not a risk by itself, but it can be used by someone with access to your computer in order to steal your passwords.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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