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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

ToolWget

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ToolWget
Technical name:Application/ToolWget
Threat level:Low
Alias:application Tool-WGet,
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It is a legitimate tool that allows to download files via FTP, HTTP or HTTPS.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 22, 2004
Detection updated on:Feb. 25, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

ToolWget 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.

ToolWget is a command line program (it does not have a graphic interface) that allows to download files via FTP, HTTP or HTTPS.

As it is run from a command line, it can be easily called using scripts, which could allow a hacker to use a script in a computer in order to download malicious files to it.

ToolWget does not pose a risk by itself, but it can be used with malicious intentions.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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