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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Cmdow.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Cmdow.A
Technical name:Application/Cmdow.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It allows several actions to be carried out on existing windows, such as move, rename, disable, enable, hide, unhide, close or end them.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Aug. 18, 2005
Detection updated on:Aug. 22, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Cmdow.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.

Cmdow.A is a command line utility that does not need to be installed.

Cmdow.A allows several actions to be carried out on existing windows. It can move, resize and rename them. It can also hide or unhide, disable or enable, minimimize, maximize or restore, close or end them.

Additionally, although Cmdow.A only functions on Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT, when it is used on autorun CDs, it will also function on Windows ME/98/95 computers.

Cmdow.A does not pose a risk by itself, but it can be used to prevent the user from viewing the windows which are being opened, due to programs that are being run or installed.

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Visible Symptoms 

    

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