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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

pcAudit

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:pcAudit
Technical name:Application/PcAudit
Threat level:Low
Alias:Spyware-PCinetpatrol
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It attempts to send certain information to a server, in order to check if the computer is vulnerable.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Nov. 30, 2004
Detection updated on:June 2, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Brief Description 

    

pcAudit is a spyware program, which is developed by a private company in order to test the security level in a computer. It simulates the attack by a hacker, and attempts to send data to a server. If pcAudit is successful, it supposedly means that the computer is vulnerable to hacker attacks.

However, it is important to consider which data is sent to the server and the potential threat, as it travels across the Internet on the clear, and the user does not exactly know how it will be used: name of the computer, IP address, files and folders within the My Documents directory, screenshots, keystrokes, e-mail address, etc.

If there is an Internet connection available, the test is always successful, which would mean that the computer is vulnerable.

Visible Symptoms 

    

pcAudit is easy to recognize, as it displays the following message on screen when it is run: